Advisory panel looks for 'moonshot' in Commerce data
April 24, 2015
The inaugural meeting of the Commerce Data Advisory Council discussed how the Commerce Department can take their troves of data to the next level for the American public.
David Stegon was a staff reporter for FedScoop and StateScoop from 2011-2014.
The General Services Administration released its sustainability and energy performance scorecard for the 2011 fiscal year on Friday that showed, among other numbers, cutting the federal vehicle fleet’s use of gas by 25.6 percent.
In FY 2011, GSA reduced greenhouse gas emissions from federal buildings that it directly pays utilities for by 20.3 percent relative to its FY 2008 baseline, ahead of its targeted reduction of 10 percent. GSA now derives 15.8 percent of the electricity used in these facilities from renewable electricity sources, including 2.5 percent from new sources.
Additionally, GSA has reduced water intensity by nearly 13.7 percent against a target of 6 percent and reduced energy intensity by 19.2 percent against an 18 percent target.
“Making buildings more efficient, saving energy, and creating a more fuel efficient fleet is helping government to improve its environmental performance and saves taxpayer dollars,” said Acting Administrator Dan Tangherlini. “GSA is on track to meet its own sustainability goals under the Executive Order, and we are uniquely positioned to help other federal agencies meet their goals as well.”