GSA picks chief greening officer


The General Services Administration has tapped an industry expert to serve in the newly created career position of chief greening officer.

Eleni Reed, director of sustainability strategies at property management firm Cushman and Wakefield, will oversee green building programs and strategies across GSA’s inventory of 9,600 owned and leased facilities, the agency announced Tuesday.

While at Cushman and Wakefield, Reed led the effort to enhance the environmental performance of the firm’s portfolio of U.S.-managed properties. She played a key role in develping a memorandum of understanding between the firm and the Environmental Protection Agency aimed at enhancing energy efficiency, cutting water use and waste, and reducing the carbon footprint of the firm’s U.S.-managed properties, GSA said.

Reed will report directly to Bob Peck, commissioner of GSA’s Public Buildings Service. Peck said she will be instrumental in helping  GSA carry out the Obama administration’s green government mandates and GSA Administrator Martha Johnson’s own pledge to reduce GSA’s carbon footprint to zero.

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.


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  1. With electricity accounting for an estimated 50 percent of energy use in federal buildings, and a lot of that energy going into the maintenance, operation and delivery of IT services, the need for green IT improvements becomes apparent.

    A green IT-based focus on energy use allows us to focus on solutions that deliver optimal IT performance—while reducing energy requirements. We look forward to working with Ms. Reed to help deliver green programs and strategies to government and military.

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