GSA Doles Out $4 Billion For Greener Federal Buildings

In good news for both the American economy and the environment, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced that it has awarded green construction and energy efficiency projects to more than 500 companies with an investment of  $4 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds.

These projects, which will create jobs in all 50 states, 2 territories, and the District of Columbia, marking yet another green milestone for the Recovery Act. Since the passage of the Recovery Act, GSA infused funding into 391 green building and efficiency projects for federal buildings. The GSA touts the fact that it has made the Recovery Act funds allotted go further than anticipated by soliciting more competitive bids, providing $173 million worth of “bonus” work aimed at equipping U.S. federal buildings with cost-saving, energy-conserving, sustainable features.

GSA Greener Buildings

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“GSA’s aggressive Recovery Act obligations put people back to work across the country and leverage our buying power to invest in green jobs, energy efficient technologies, and both traditional construction and emerging green markets,” said Martha Johnson, Administrator of General Services, in a statement. “By creating a greener, higher performing federal buildings portfolio, GSA’s Recovery Act investments will save taxpayer dollars in energy efficiencies and build a more sustainable economy.” Examples of GSA Recovery Act green projects include a new energy-efficient courthouse in Austin, Texas, a solar roof on the Veterans Affairs building in downtown Philadelphia, and the conversion of a former World War II munitions plant in St. Louis into a high-performance green building.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.