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DC Government Comes in Ahead of the Green Curve

Thursday, December 13, 2012

DC Government Comes in Ahead of the Green Curve

Government of the District of Columbia leads the way in green building projects by recognizing the importance of constructing sustainable, energy efficient buildings. The District’s Department of General Services is proud to be the innovative executor across the District’s real estate portfolio.

As a result of the recession, companies worldwide have begun adopting green initiatives in their new building practices, according to a new study released today by McGraw-Hill Construction and United Technologies. In the past, many companies would use sustainable builds to attract public attention to their environmental consciousness but today, green buildings have become essential to managing business’s bottom line for new construction projects.

The leadership of the District of Columbia has long recognized the importance of constructing sustainable, energy efficient buildings and the Department of General Services (web: dgs.dc.gov) is proud to be the innovative executor across the District’s real estate portfolio. When asked why the District of Columbia had identified the importance of building sustainable, energy efficient buildings, Brian Hanlon, Director of the 

Department of General Services said,

“Mayor Vincent Gray's Sustainable DC initiative has inspired all of us. At DGS, our goal is nothing less than to become a model forsustainability around the world as we continue to elevate the quality of life in the District.” 

Sam Brooks, Associate Director of Sustainability & Energy added,

DGS realizes that green buildings aren't just better for the environment -- they're better for the bottom line. From LEED to exploring net-zero, DGS aims to lead by example when it comes to energy efficiency that saves taxpayer dollars, storm water management that creates cleaner rivers and recycling that leaves a minimum impact on the planet.”

The District of Columbia’s early investment in sustainable, energy efficient building projects has proven to payoff across the District and has placed the city as a world leader in green building.

To view Architect Magazine article: Architect Magazine Article

About DC Department of General Services:

The Department of General Services (DGS) has a mission to elevate the quality of life for the District with superior construction, first-rate maintenance and expert real estate management. By building and maintaining safe and green state-of-the-art facilities which foster economic growth and elevate educational environments, our trusted and skillful employees create modern and vibrant communities across all of the District of Columbia.