Red-White-Blue & Green: GSA hires first Chief Greening Officer

Posted by Expert Gadget Reviewer on Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Anyone who doubted that Sustainability and the Green movement are here to stay doubt no more, as the United States General Services Administration (GSA), has officially established the new position of Chief Greening Officer.

GSA, which manages over $500 BILLION in federal assets, including 9,500 government-owned or leased buildings, has been given an Executive Order by President Obama to, "lead by example in the greening and modernizing of the nation's infrastructure.

The new Chief Greening Officer will "accelerate our momentum to drive sustainability by aggressively seeking out and incorporating proven greener, more efficient building technologies and practices throughout our entire inventory of 1,500 owned and 8,000 leased buildings" said Robert A. Peck, Commissioner of Public Buildings.

This is a serious effort on behalf of the government that will pay dividends for the commercial interiors segment in a couple of ways.

  1. Obvious: This focus on sustainability helps reduces the strain we are putting on our environment, and creates healthier workplaces (which equals happier government workers which we all can appreciate).
  2. Not so Obvious: Increased jobs for "green tech" and "clean tech" companies, increased jobs for architects designing or re-designing LEED certified spaces, and increased purchases of quality furniture that can help contribute toward achieving LEED certification.