The General Services Administration(GSA) is an independent agency of the United States government, established in 1949 to help manage and support the basic functioning of federal agencies. Besides overseeing $66 billion of procurement annually, some key functions of GSA is to provide office space to federal employees, develop government-wide cost-minimizing policies, and other management tasks.   GSA contributes to the management of about $500 billion in U.S. federal property, divided chiefly among 8,300 owned and leased buildings.   

GSA’s Green Proving Ground (GPG) program began in 2011 as an innovative function and continues in support of Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade issued 19 March 2015. This mandate is to meet the target sustainability goals and enable the realization of net zero buildings, federal agencies must develop effective ways of reducing energy use, water consumption, and carbon emissions. . GPG leverages GSA’s real estate portfolio to test innovative building technologies and provide recommendations on their deployment. By evaluating technologies in the pre- or early-commercial stages of development, GPG facilitates and accelerates the transition between bench-scale technology and commercial viability. GPC Site