The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has a critical role in making federal buildings more sustainable. GSA is a significant federal landlord, building, renovating, and managing assets for other agencies; and in addition GSA has the responsibility to recommend green building certification systems that support federal sustainability goals.

To this end, GSA is now seeking public comment on its 2014 report which determined that LEED v4 aligns better than ever with Federal green building requirements. GSA is also asking for input on questions about GSA’s process for reviewing green building certification systems, whether GSA should emphasize certain credits, and how the federal agencies can be involved in developing and supporting such systems.

For more details, check out our previous articles,

We encourage the green building community to submit comments, here are a few ways to do so:

  1. Email to Bryan Steverson at bryan.steverson@gsa.gov and put “Notice-MG-2014-04” in the subject line or email.
  2. Visit regulations.gov and search for the notice, Notice-MG-2014-04. On the right hand side of the screen there is a box with the words "Comment Now." Select the box and follow the instructions for submitting the comment.
  3. Fill out our simple form below, using the suggested comment and/or adding your own.

The most effective comments include: 

  • Clearly state a position, like “We support federal government use of LEED v4”
  • Identify who you are and your interest, like  “We represent ## members of the Any state chapter...” or “I am a citizen concerned about climate change”
  • If possible, provide an example or experience, like “We have used LEED successfully on XYZ project to save energy, water, and money”

You may also attach documents to your comments, whether studies, reports, press releases, photos, or anything relevant to your views. Check out these additional tips courtesy of regulations.gov.

GSA staff will read all of the comments the agency receives. GSA likely will prepare a summary of the comments that will become part of the public record. GSA will consider and use the comments, along with input from Federal agencies, in preparing a supplement to its 2013 recommendation to the Secretary of Energy. For example, GSA’s supplement might approve LEED v4, alongside LEED 2009, with agencies having a choice of versions until LEED 2009 is sunset. GSA could also direct agencies to focus on certain credits or credit categories. This is your chance to let GSA know what you think.

GSA might also address in the supplement—or in another way—any of the topics on which it asked for input, such as how agencies should help spur a more sustainable built environment, and how agencies should participate with green building certification systems. 

Your comments matter!