Earth Day Every Day:
Earth Day, April 22, brings with it a stark reminder of the importance of protecting our environment and natural resources. Not just on one day of the year, but everyday.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has provided the General Services Administration $5.5 billion to invest in federal buildings, which will lead to jobs for construction workers, electricians, plumbers, and many other trades. Significantly, $4.5 billion will be used to convert federal buildings to high-performance green buildings.
As the federal government's landlord, GSA has been following the principles of sustainable design for years. Applied to buildings, these principles focus on reducing energy and water consumption, providing safe and healthy workplaces, and preserving natural resources, among others. In the long run, these activities improve building performance and save taxpayers millions of dollars. GSA is also helping other federal agencies strategically spend their Recovery Act funds.