How Pervasive Is Green Technology?
Very pervasive, in some quarters, and still a luxury in others. But one thing's for certain: the green movement in public sector -- especially as a cost-cutting measure, as well as a sustainability focus -- is growing every year and now has very powerful advocates in government.
Among them is Martha Johnson (pictured), the new administrator of the General Services Administration (GSA). In a press conference at FOSE 2010 in Washington in March, Johnson said that the GSA would have to practice what it preaches -- that is, there's no way to convince others to go green in their technology purchases if the GSA hasn't done so itself.
Collaboration was a big part of her former job as vice president of culture at CSC, Johnson said, and she would seek to motivate her GSA team in a similar fashion. When the Washington area was hit with record snowstorms earlier this year, for example, GSA insisted its employees telecommute, and that GSA learned a lot about what could be accomplished even with its workers remote.
"I think we can use some of these converging techniques to narrow in on some ways at which everybody can come to an agreement," she said.