Nancy Sutley, chairwoman of the White House's Council on Environmental Quality, said the federal government has an obligation to be more sustainable. (THOMAS BROWN / STAFF)
The General Services Administration announced a pilot program Tuesday to encourage federal government suppliers to voluntarily report their emissions.
It is a step toward GSA's goal of developing an "incentive-based approach" and providing contract advantages to companies that voluntarily report their emissions.
The program will consist of a volunteer partnership to report supply chain emissions and a small-business pilot program that will provide technical assistance to help small businesses report their emissions.
Nancy Sutley, chairwoman of the White House's Council on Environmental Quality, said the federal government, which buys more than $500 billion in goods and services annually, has an obligation to be more sustainable.
"It is our responsibility to lead by example to improve efficiency, eliminate waste and promote clean energy in our supply chain," Sutley said at a supply chain summit in Chicago.
President Obama called for the new program in an executive order on sustainable government last year. He asked for GSA to make recommendations for measuring and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the federal supply chain.