GSA Names First Chief Greening Officer

GSA Names First Chief Greening Officer

The U.S. General Services Administration has tapped the sustainability director at Cushman & Wakefield to become the first chief greening officer for the agency and lead efforts to make government buildings greener.

The appointment of Eleni Reed, who had been the director of sustainability strategies for Cushman and Wakefield’s Client Solutions Group, was announced today.

“Eleni Reed’s role as chief greening officer is central to building a sustainable, better performing portfolio as GSA strives to meet its commitment of achieving a zero environmental footprint in our 1,500 owned and 8,100 leased buildings,"  GSA Commissioner of Public Buildings Robert A. Peck said in a statement.

“Her unparalleled work in sustainability and green buildings will help drive GSA’s efforts to be a green proving ground and a market-maker for state-of-the art and emerging technologies."

The GSA oversees more than a quarter of the government’s total procurement spending and influences the management of $500 billion in federal assets, including the inventory of almost 10,000 owned or leased facilities, 480 of them being historic properties.

The GSA established the post of chief greening officer earlier this year to accelerate President Barack Obama's federal sustainability agenda and drive the campaign within the government's building portfolio. The agency was responding to the president's executive order in October that called for federal agencies to devise plans to reduce their environmental impacts and meet various targets, such as a 30 percent reduction in fleet fuel consumption, by 2020.

In January, the GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service enabled other government agencies to work toward achieving their goals by setting energy service agreements that:

  • Provide the agencies with resources to achieve LEED certification for their facilities;
  • Ensure that renovations and any new buildings are designed to reduce fuel consumption as required by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007; and
  • Help agencies plan, monitor and report results with Energy Star and other energy efficiency initiatives.

In February, the GSA announced it had created the chief greening officer's position and named an interim officeholder -- Director Scott Conner of the Denver Federal Center for GSA’s Rocky Mountain region -- while searching for a candidate to fill the new post.

At Cushman & Wakefield, Reed was in charge of efforts to ramp up the environmental performance of properties the firm manages in the United States. She had key role in development of the company's memorandum of understanding with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to increase energy efficiency, decrease water use and waste, and shrink the carbon footprint of the firm's U.S. real estate portfolio.

Her earlier work includes serving as a senior project manager with the New York Mayor’s Office of Operations, where she led the implementation of the city’s Green Building Standards Law and served on the mayor’s sustainability task force.

A certified planner and a LEED-accredited professional, Reed earned a bachelor of science degree in urban planning from the Université de Montréal and a master's degree in urban planning from McGill University.

Image courtesy of the GSA, cover of Facilities Standards for the Public Buildings Service, 2005.