Recap: Green Business Forum - Greening Government Procurement

Recap: Green Business Forum - Greening Government Procurement
February 18, 2014

The Green Business Forum on February 18, 2014 welcomed experts and leaders in greening government procurement processes. The program was moderated by Sherlon Ferguson, Shapiro & Duncan, Inc. Ferguson introduced the topic and panelists:

  • David Dise, Director, Department of General Services, Montgomery County
  • Margaret Proul, Environmental Sustainability Engineer, Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Kevin Kampschroer, Director, Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings, United States General Services Administration (GSA)

David Dise presented green initiatives of the Department of General Services, such as: “Re-Freshing” the aging County buildings to improve energy performance, training contact managers to create RFPs with sustainable deliverables and greening the fleet. With 400 County-owned buildings and 3000 vehicles, these directives will reduce the county’s carbon footprint.  To reduce waste, the County is implementing a new copier system that requires key cards for use; it is already proving its value.  The County recently released an RFP for the installation of solar panels on 12 County buildings. Proposals are due on February 27, 2014. DGS will work with local and State jurisdictions to host a Green Procurement Fair. Details to follow.

He introduced Grace Denno, Office of Business Relationships and Compliance, and Eric Coffman, Office of Energy and Sustainability, as great resources for businesses and innovation.

Margaret Proul presented initiatives and results of Lockheed Martin’s Environmental Sustainability Program. The program theme is “Innovation with Purpose.” For sub-contractors, Lockheed institutes a “Code of Ethics” to help Lockheed meet its customer’s sustainability mandate. Initiatives such as carbon management practices, E-Waste stewardship and the Lockheed Martin- U.S. Department of Defense grid-tied microgrid at Fort Bliss, Texas were mentioned.  The Fort Bliss project was funded by the DoD’s Environmental Security Technology Certification Program and integrates both renewable resources and energy storage.  Click here  to view Margaret Proul’s presentation.

Kevin Kampschroer spoke about the Federal Government efforts to meet Executive Order 13514’s Implementation of the 2030 net-zero-energy building requirement. He encouraged public comment on Draft Guidelines for Product Environmental Performance Standards and Ecolabels for Voluntary Use in Federal Procurement http://www.epa.gov/epp/draftGuidelines. Performance-based contracting, strategic sourcing and “deep energy” retrofits were mentioned. Click here to learn more about GSA’s Sustainability Plan.

Business solutions can support government efforts to green their supply chain, operations and energy performance.

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