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Houston’s Justice Park Building recycled 56 tons of waste as part of the Federal Green Challenge
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) honored the General Services Administration (GSA) Justice Park Drive Federal Building in Houston for saving money, improving lives and protecting the planet by participating in the Federal Green Challenge (FGC). GSA and its tenants recycled 56 tons of municipal solid waste, an 816% improvement from 2012. Nationally, six awards were given to organizations for their leadership in addressing climate change by reducing waste.
Federal offices participated by selecting a minimum two of the six target areas —waste, electronics, purchasing, energy, water or transportation. At least one of the selected target areas must be waste, electronics or purchasing. In 2013, more than 400 participating federal facilities, about 1.6 million federal employees, reduced their environmental footprint, which in many cases also resulted in significant cost savings.
From Regional Administrator Sylvia Hernandez, “Our achievements in the Federal Green Challenge reflect GSA’s commitment to making a more sustainable government. Meeting the FGC goals in the areas of waste, water and purchasing contribute to reducing our environmental footprint and result in cost savings to the American taxpayer. I am proud to represent an agency that strives to deliver the best value in real estate and acquisition services.”
The FGC is a national effort under EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management program that challenges federal agencies throughout the country to lead by example in reducing the federal government’s environmental impact. Federal agencies are recognized through the FGC for outstanding efforts that go beyond regulatory compliance and strive for annual improvements in selected areas.
These combined efforts resulted in an estimated cost savings of more than $42 million to the U.S. taxpayer.