Session 1.4b: Choosing Smart Locations, A New Tool for Siting Workplaces
Thursday, May 4, 2017
3 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. EDT
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How does a public real estate agency determine where to locate its office space? Factors such as cost and square footage, easy to measure and rank, have always been part of the equation, but what about commitments to make operations more sustainable and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, particularly those associated with travel and commuting?
GSA, the Federal Government’s landlord, needed data to evaluate sustainable locations easily and defensibly across it's nationwide inventory. From this need, and through a partnership with the EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities, a new tool, the Smart Location Calculator (SLC), was born. The tool is now fully operatational and immediately available for use by federal agencies and the public.
In this session, attendees will learn how public real estate agencies (federal and state) are using the SLC to evaluate the performance of their facility locations, inform their site decisions, and why that matters to regional employment, the environment, and social equity. They'll also learn how the SLC is being used to change behavior regarding facility site selection, track improvements over time, and incentivize more sustainable decisions.
Frank Giblin, AICP
Ruth Kroeger, AICP
Joshua Schiffer, firstname.lastname@example.org