[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 29 (Wednesday, February 12, 2014)]
[Pages 8458-8459]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-02979]



[Notice-MG-2014-01; Docket No. 2014-0002; Sequence 5]

Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings; Green 
Building Advisory Committee; Request for Membership Nominations

AGENCY: Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings, General 
Services Administration (GSA).

ACTION: Notice of solicitation of nominations for membership.


SUMMARY: The Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration 
established the Green Building Advisory Committee on June 20, 2011 (76 
FR 35894) pursuant to Section 494 of the Energy Independence and 
Security Act of 2007 (42 U.S.C. 17123, or EISA), in accordance with the 
provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), as amended (5 
U.S.C. App. 2). As the original 2-year commitments of the previously 
appointed members of the Committee have expired, this notice solicits 
additional qualified candidates for membership.

DATES: This notice is effective February 12, 2014.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Ken Sandler, Office of Federal 
High Performance Green Buildings, U.S. General Services Administration 
(GSA), 202-219-1121.

    Background: The Green Building Advisory Committee (hereafter, ``the 
Committee'') provides advice to GSA as a mandatory Federal advisory 
committee, as specified in EISA and in accordance with the provisions 
of FACA. Under this authority, the Committee advises GSA on how the 
Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings can most effectively 
accomplish its mission. Extensive information about the Committee, 
including meeting notes and presentations, is available on GSA's Web 
site at http://www.gsa.gov/gbac.
    Membership requirements: The EISA statute authorizes the Committee 
and identifies the categories of members to be included. EISA names 10 
Federal agencies to be represented on the Committee, and GSA works 
directly with these agencies to identify their qualified 
representatives. This notice is focused exclusively on non-Federal 
members. EISA provides that, in addition to its required Federal 
members, the Committee shall include ``other relevant agencies and 
entities, as determined by the Federal Director.'' These are to include 
at least one representative of each of the following categories:
    ``(i) State and local governmental green building programs;
    (ii) independent green building associations or councils;
    (iii) building experts, including architects, material suppliers, 
and construction contractors;
    (iv) security advisors focusing on national security needs, natural 
disasters, and other dire emergency situations;
    (v) public transportation industry experts; and
    (vi) environmental health experts, including those with experience 
in children's health.''
    EISA further specifies: ``the total number of non-Federal members 
on the Committee at any time shall not exceed 15.'' Member 
responsibilities: Approved Committee members will be appointed to terms 
of either 2 or 4 years with the possibility of extension up to a 
maximum of 6 years of service. Membership is limited to the specific 
individuals appointed and is non-transferrable. Members are expected to 
attend all meetings in person, review all Committee materials, and 
actively provide their advice and input on topics covered by the 
Committee. Committee members will not receive compensation or travel 
reimbursements from the Government except where need has been 
demonstrated and funds are available.
    Solicitation for members: This notice provides an opportunity for 
individuals to present their qualifications and apply for a seat on the 
Committee. GSA will ask former Committee members to re-apply if they 
are interested in continuing to serve on the Committee. GSA will review 
all applications and determine which candidates are likely to add the 
most value to the Committee based on the criteria outlined in this 
    At a minimum, prospective members must have:

--At least 5 years of high-performance green building experience, which 
may include a combination of project-based, research and policy 
--Academic degrees, certifications and/or training demonstrating green 
building and related sustainability and real estate expertise.
--Knowledge of Federal sustainability and energy laws and programs.
--Proven ability to work effectively in a collaborative, multi-
disciplinary environment and add value to the work of a committee.
--Qualifications appropriate to specific statutory requirements (listed 

    No person who is a Federally-registered lobbyist may serve on the 
Committee, in accordance with the Presidential Memorandum ``Lobbyists 
on Agency Boards and Commissions'' (June 18, 2010). Nomination process 
for Advisory Committee appointment: There is no prescribed format for 
the nomination. Individuals may nominate themselves or others. A 
nomination package shall include the following information for each 
nominee: (1) A letter of nomination stating the name and organizational 
affiliation(s) of the nominee, membership capacity he/she will serve 
(see statutory categories above), nominee's field(s) of expertise, and 
description of interest and qualifications; (2) A professional resume 
or CV; and (3) Complete contact information including name, return 
address, email address, and daytime telephone number of the nominee and 
nominator. GSA will consider nominations of all qualified individuals 
to ensure that the Committee includes the areas of green building 
subject matter expertise needed. GSA reserves the right to choose 
Committee members based on qualifications, experience, Committee 
balance, statutory requirements and all other factors deemed critical 
to the success of the Committee. Candidates may be asked to provide 
detailed financial information to permit evaluation of potential 
conflicts of interest that could impede their work on the Committee, in 
accordance with the requirements of FACA. The nomination period for 
interested candidates will close 30 days

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after publication of this notice. All nominations must be submitted in 
sufficient time to be received by 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the 
closing date March 14, 2014 and be addressed to email address 

    Dated: February 5, 2014.
Kevin Kampschroer,
Federal Director, Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings, 
Office of Government-wide Policy.
[FR Doc. 2014-02979 Filed 2-11-14; 8:45 am]