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Why Your Firm Should Consider Products’ Total Cost of Ownership

As corporations look to cut their environmental costs, evaluating total cost of ownership — or the total direct and indirect costs of owning a product or service — provides a way to achieve greater environmental accountability and better resource management. It’s not an easy task. It requires executives to dive … Read more »

industrial plant emissions

The World’s Largest Purchaser Wants Its Suppliers to Disclose, Reduce GHG Emissions

The GSA says it plans to require large- and medium-sized contractors on its Alliant2 government-wide IT contract list to inventory and publicly disclose their GHG emissions annually, and set targets for reducing those emissions.

Shell

Shell, GSA to Pay $55M for Soil Cleanup

The EPA has reached a $55 million settlement with Shell Oil Company and the US General Services Administration for the cleanup of contaminated soil at the Del Amo Superfund Site in Los Angeles, California. The cleanup work will prevent surface exposure of industrial chemicals and reduce sources of groundwater contamination … Read more »

Non-Chemical Water Treatment Prevents Scaling, Saves Energy

Non-Chemical Water Treatment Prevents Scaling, Saves Energy

Fluid Dynamis’ catalyst-based non-chemical water treatment reduced a Salt Lake City courthouse’s running costs and saved energy, according to the US General Services Administration. The GSA tests products in its buildings with the intent of finding products that perform well while being better for the environment than their conventional counterparts. … Read more »

Sustainable Purchasing Guidelines Launched

Sustainable Purchasing Guidelines Launched

The Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council today will release to the public its Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing v1.0. Already, 80 organizations including Ecolab, Lockheed Martin, Office Depot, the US General Services Administration and the EPA, with more than $100 billion in purchasing power, have signed up for the Pilot Program, … Read more »

green building

Green Buildings Cost 25% Less to Operate

Green buildings cost less to operate and have a smaller carbon footprint, according to the US General Services Administration. Buildings.com reports on a post-occupancy evaluation study of 22 green federal buildings conducted by GSA and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The study compared one year of operating data and surveys … Read more »

USGBC

GSA Reviews LEED v4

The US General Services Administration has released a review of LEED v4, the first step to determine if the latest version of the green building system can help government agencies meet green building requirements. GSA says it will make a final recommendation on LEED v4 after receiving input from stakeholders … Read more »

Got Green Building Technology? GSA Wants You

The US General Services Administration has issued a request for information (RFI) this week for green building technologies in support of its Green Proving Ground (GPG) program. The program is seeking information from industry stakeholders, commercial organizations, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations on green technologies that have the potential to … Read more »

e-waste

Rule Aims to Reduce Federal E-Waste

All federal agencies will be banned from disposing electronics in landfills, according to a proposed rule by the US General Services Administration. Under the new regulation, computers, phones and monitors will be offered for reuse by other agencies or donated to schools, state and local government offices, and nonprofits. Usable … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Oil Safety Alert, BNSF Suit, GSA Seeks Industry Input

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued a safety alert in response to last week’s oil train derailment and fire near Casselton, N.D., warning that crude oil from the state’s Bakken formation may be more flammable than traditional heavy crude, The Hill reported. The region’s light sweet crude oil has a burning point … Read more »

Green Globes

Green Globes Wins DoD Endorsement

In another victory for the Green Globes, the US Department of Defense has decided to allow its facilities to use the green building certification program. While the US Green Building Council’s LEED certification has long been the standard of choice for the federal government’s new construction and major renovations, the … Read more »

LEED Green Building Projects Span 10.6 Billion Square Feet

LEED Green Building Projects Span 10.6 Billion Square Feet

About 60,000 LEED green building projects across the globe span 10.6 billion square feet, according to a US Green Building Council (USGBC) report. LEED in Motion: Places and Policies says Canada leads the way in LEED projects outside the US with 4,375 projects, followed by India with 1,586, China with … Read more »