In Its 60th Year, GSA Aims to Green Government BuildingsJuly 15th, 2009 | Category: Industry News
The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) celebrated its 60th birthday recently. Founded in 1949, GSA manages more than 11 percent of the government’s total procurement dollars and $24 billion in federal assets, including 8,600 government-owned or leased buildings and 213,000 vehicles. So far the administration has spent $287 million in Recovery Act funds to add fuel-efficient vehicles to the government’s fleet, and GSA officials say more orders are in the works. As the administration tackles what officials are calling its most challenging assignments ever—helping to achieve the goals of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act—the GSA is now turning to government buildings.
“We will not miss a beat as we turn 60,” says GSA acting administrator Paul Prouty. “GSA’s role is to help green the government, move America toward energy independence, increased transparency and accountability and much, much more.”
GSA also plays a leading role in preserving historic buildings. Officials say the administration plans to invest $5.5 billion in Recovery Act funds in greening federal buildings, courthouses and land ports of entry. For window film dealers, the time may be now to align with the administration’s efforts, as projects are being funded across the country, with at least one related to the Recovery Act in every state.