Going Green Can Bring in More Green

December 5, 2011

Going green has become big business, and government contracting firms are cashing in on the green trend, led in part by sustainability initiatives backed by the Obama administration. Ever since Executive Order 13514 (Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance) has required 95% of new contract actions, including task orders, to be green, there is a growing consciousness amongst federal agencies to procure "green" services.

For instance, the federal government spends about $80 billion annually on information technology and is using its formidable buying power to encourage vendors to go green. The Department of Defense (DOD) is also going green, developing a Green Procurement Strategy. Requirements and preference programs may be assessed at the DOD "Going Green" website. The General Services Administration (GSA) Public Buildings Service has taken it to the next level. In 2009, the agency announced that each and every federal building -- roughly 9,000 in the nation – must meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver standards by 2017. By 2030, the GSA would like to see all federal buildings meet net zero in terms of energy savings and sustainability. As part of the GSA's leadership initiatives, they teamed with the Environmental Protection Agency and the DOD to lead an interagency work group to determine whether contractor greenhouse gas emissions can be used in the federal procurement process to make the government's supply chain more sustainable 

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