Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Winter 2011 - (Page 6)

ON THE ROOF WITH… ON THE ROOF WITH… JUDITH H. HEERWAGEN, KEVIN KAMPSCHROER, Interview by Caroline M. Nolan Change is afoot in Washington – and not just at the White House. “2010 was a historic year for the [U.S.] General Services Administration (GSA),” wrote administrator Martha Johnson on the White House’s blog on January 20, 2011. “With a portfolio including 350-million square-feet of public buildings, 200,000 federal vehicles, and a flow of goods and services throughout government totalling $95 billion, GSA has the capacity to impact every corner of government in every region of the country.” With this bold vision in mind, the GSA 6 LIVING ARCHITECTURE MONITOR WINTER 2011 crafted a new mission statement: “To use the expertise to provide innovative solutions for our customers in support of their missions and by doing so foster an effective, sustainable, and transparent government for the American people.” In this way, noted Johnson in an April 13, 2010 interview with ExecutiveBiz, “GSA is deliberately casting itself as the government’s change agent.” Johnson’s GSA is truly becoming a catalyst for transformation on many fronts. On the environmental agenda, GSA continues to work towards United States’ president Barack Obama’s goal of a 28 percent reduction in federal government-created greenhouse gas pollution by 2020. The president has also called for the GSA to achieve net-zero-energy building requirements by 2030. GSA construction and retrofit projects must now attain, at minimum, LEED®-Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The sheer size of the GSA’s real estate inventory also makes it an ideal proving ground to test new sustainable technologies and develop best practices – and green roofs are playing a pivotal role with over 1,250,000-square-feet of planted roofs in the U.S., many of them in the Washington, D.C. area. (See “Planting the Federal Inventory,” by Lance Davis in the Winter 2010 issue of the Living Architecture Monitor magazine.) A new portal within GSA has been established – the Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings, headed by director Kevin Kampschroer – to consolidate and coordinate

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Winter 2011

Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Winter 2011
The Living Architecture & Health Connection
Picnic Perfect
Green Roof Sight-Seeing
A Sacred Space
On the Roof With… Judith H. Heerwagen
A Spiritual Oasis
Therapeutic Landscapes
Active Living Walls
Lifetime Achievement Award: A Legend Remembered
Civic Award: Kelly Luckett
Research Award: Jeremy Lundholm
Fieldnotes From Greenbuild 2010
Toward Net-Zero Water Use
Learn Online
New Corporate Members
Welcome New GRPs
Cents and Sustainability

Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Winter 2011