The Biden Administration unveiled a new policy on Wednesday designed to improve energy efficiency in — and pollution from — government buildings.
As the country’s single largest energy consumer and building manager, the federal government wields tremendous power to move the market. The General Services Administration (GSA), the government agency which centrally handles procurement, owns and leases more than 376.9 million square feet of space in 9,600 buildings in more than 2,200 communities nationwide.
“A building performance standard for the thousands of federally owned buildings puts a hefty finger on the scale for efficient all-electric buildings,” said Johanna Neumann, Environment America Campaign for 100% Renewable Energy Senior Director. “When courthouses in Iowa and federal buildings in Florida stop heating and cooling with fossil fuels such as gas, coal or propane, it paves the way for others in their community to follow.”
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