Driving to 2045: The US General Services Administration's Path to a 100% Net Zero Portfolio

27 Sep 2023
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Driving to 2045:  The US General Services Administration's Path to a 100% Net Zero Portfolio

Driving to 2045: The US General Services Administration's Path to a 100% Net Zero Portfolio

27 Sep 2023
About the speakers
  • Brad Nies
    Brad Nies
    Office of High-Performance Green Buildings, Sustainability and Green Buildings Program Advisor at GSA
    Brad is a licensed architect in GSA’s Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings (OFHPGB). Over the past year Brad has been part of the White House Council on Environmental Quality’s (CEQ) Buy Clean Technical Advisory Group and dedicated to furthering GSA’s embodied carbon efforts. One of his main projects includes GSA’s execution of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) Section 60503 Use of Low-Carbon Materials. Prior to joining the OFHPGB Brad served five years as the R6 Facilities Management Division Deputy Director. He earned that role after serving seven years as the region’s first ever Sustainability Program manager. Brad was recognized with a 2013 GreenGov Award from the White House for his work on GSA’s climate Adaptation pilot. Prior to joining GSA Brad enjoyed 15 years in the private sector, finishing out as an Associate Principal at BNIM Architects. Brad’s project leadership includes many US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Certified projects, 6 Platinum and 4 AIA Committee on the Environment Top 10 award winners. Brad’s design experiences can be found in his book “Green BIM: Successful Sustainable Design with Building Information Modeling”. Brad founded the Kansas City Construction Waste Forum which led to recyclespot.org. Brad was a founding board member of the USGBC’s Great Plains Chapter and chair of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Climate Protection Partnership. Brad is board chair for Bridging the Gap.
  • Jeremey	Alcorn
    Jeremey Alcorn
    PBS Climate and Sustainability Officer at U.S. General Services Administration
    Jeremey Alcorn is a certified energy manager and currently serves as a Climate and Sustainability Officer for the Public Buildings Service, U.S. General Services Administration. He has over 20 years experience in sustainability, facility energy and water management, high performance buildings, renewable energy, greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation, climate risk and adaptation. Prior to joining GSA, he served as a consultant and provided hands-on, federal sector support developing sustainability programs; energy and water management programs and analysis tools; high performance building guidance and implementation plans; renewable energy deployment analyses; GHG reporting and mitigation; and climate risk management. He has authored publications on energy efficiency and renewable energy, alternative fuel sustainability, and implications of climate change on U.S. access to space. He holds a BS in Environmental Science and Political Science from Allegheny College and a MS in Environmental Science and Policy from George Mason University.
  • Walter Tersch
    Walter Tersch
    Sustainability Program Manager at U.S. General Services Administration
    Walter Tersch is a Sustainability Program Manager in GSA’s Office of Architecture and Engineering. He helps lead GSA’s efforts to reduce the embodied carbon impacts of construction materials, including through new requirements for Inflation Reduction Act projects. Walter is a LEED AP, with degrees in Environmental Law and Computer Science. In addition to 14 happy years at GSA, Walter has worked for law firms, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the City of Chicago. Outside of work, he enjoys cycling, sailing, and parenthood.
  • Darin Frost
    Darin Frost
    CIPMO Program Executive at GSA
    Darin Frost is the Program Executive for the Climate and Infrastructure Program Management Office (CIPMO). The CIPMO was created to oversee both the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) programs. He has most recently been serving as the GSA Program Executive for the BIL Land Port of Entry program. He previously spent 10 years in GSA Central Office successfully leading a variety of project delivery programs, including Global Project Management, and the Office of Project Delivery’s project measures, dashboards, workforce analysis and project systems. Prior to joining Central Office, Darin worked in GSA’s Northwest Arctic Region (Region 10) for 18 years serving in a variety of finance, facilities, design and construction, portfolio, and real estate roles. Darin received his undergraduate degrees in Business Administration and Economics from Pacific Lutheran Univerity and his Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington.

Key takeaways

- Understand how the three sections of the Inflation Reduction Act accelerate GSA’s work to deliver high-performance green buildings, use low-carbon materials, and deploy emerging and sustainable technologies.

- Learn how the latest updates to GSA’s project requirements for owned buildings help meet Federal building decarbonization and sustainability goals and strategies.

- Get an overview of methodologies for ensuring inclusion of low embodied carbon materials in projects.

- See examples of how the GSA owned building portfolio is using design and technology to meet the established goals of key federal and agency-specific sustainability priorities.