Eleni Reed Named Agency’s First Chief Greening Officer
June 8, 2010
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WASHINGTON – GSA took another major step in strengthening its role as the federal government’s leader in sustainability with the selection of a Chief Greening Officer, a position that will be responsible for aggressively pursuing innovative sustainable practices within GSA’s large portfolio of government-owned and leased buildings.
Eleni Reed has been named to serve in this critical position. Under her leadership, the agency will continue its commitment to develop a higher performing, greener federal building inventory and serve as a green proving ground for the American real estate industry.
In October, President Barack Obama issued an executive order on sustainability that called on the federal government to lead by example in greening and modernizing the nation's infrastructure; this appointment expands GSA's capacity to respond to the President's challenge.
“Eleni Reed’s role as Chief Greening Officer is central to building a sustainable, better performing portfolio as GSA strives to meet its commitment of achieving a zero environmental footprint in our 1,500 owned and 8,100 leased buildings, said GSA Commissioner of Public Buildings Robert A. Peck. “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."
Prior to coming to GSA, Reed was the Director of Sustainability Strategies with Cushman and Wakefield’s Client Solutions Group. She led the effort to enhance the environmental performance of the firm’s portfolio of U.S.-managed properties. She played a key role in the development of a memorandum of understanding between Cushman and Wakefield and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency aimed to enhance energy efficiency, reduce water use and waste, and reduce the carbon footprint of the firm’s U.S.-managed properties.
Reed’s prior public service includes working with the New York’s Mayor’s Office of Operations, where she led the implementation of the city’s Green Building Standards Law and served on the Mayor’s task force on sustainability.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in urban planning from the Universite de Montreal and a master's in urban planning from McGill University. She is a certified planner and an accredited Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design professional, serving on the U.S. Green Buildings Council’s National Education Events Committee.
Peck also expressed his thanks to Scott Conner, Director of the Denver Federal Center for GSA’s Rocky Mountain region, who acted in the position for the past several months.
GSA provides a centralized delivery system of products and services to the federal government, leveraging its enormous buying power to get the best value for taxpayers.
· Founded in 1949, GSA manages more than one-fourth of the government’s total procurement dollars and influences the management of $500 billion in federal assets, including 9,600 government-owned or leased buildings and 213,000 vehicles.
· GSA helps preserve our past and define our future, as a steward of more than 480 historic properties, and as manager of USA.gov, the official portal to federal government information and services.