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GSA to reduce energy use with 'green button'

Jun. 2, 2014 - 04:58PM   |  
By ANDY MEDICI   |   Comments

The General Services Administration will be using an industry technology called “green button” to help reduce save energy and shrink costs across the government.

The “Green Button” allows almost 100 million commercial and residential electricity users to securely download their facility energy usage in a user-friendly format and offers tools to analyze that use and save money.

GSA will partner with the Energy Department and the Environmental Protection Agency and work with companies such as Schneider Electric and Pepco to craft a pilot program to use the green button for federal facilities.

A December 2013 administration memo requires agencies to increase their use of renewable energy by 20 percent and a 2009 executive order requires agencies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and become more environmentally sustainable.

GSA administrator Dan Tangherlini said in a press release the agency is committed to reducing energy use and meeting administration goals.

“Creating a more sustainable government is vital to our mission and drives the agency’s priorities. As one of the largest real estate managers in the country, adopting Green Button technology across our real estate portfolio allows us to improve building performance and save taxpayer dollars,” he said.

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