Sellen Sustainability, a USGBC member company, recently took to Capitol Hill to testify on USGBC’s behalf on the local business and community impacts of the federal government’s investment in high-performance green buildings and other infrastructure investments.<

Sellen Sustainability’s director of sustainability Yancy Wright, left, with Rep. Jim Oberstar, D-Minn., on Capitol Hill Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010, the day Wright testified before Congress on the benefits of green building.


Sellen Sustainability, a USGBC member company, took to Capitol Hill today to testify on USGBC’s behalf on the local business and community impacts of the federal government’s investment in high-performance green buildings and other infrastructure investments.

Yancy Wright, LEED AP, director of sustainability from Sellen, discussed the deconstruction and modernization of the new U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) facility on the Federal Center South Campus in Seattle.

“When completed, the new building, which is aiming to meet or exceed LEED Gold certification, will provide a cost-effective, resource-efficient, high-performance, healthy and functional work environment for USACE employees and will significantly improve the current runoff into the Duwamish River,” Wright told Congress.

The project is part of the U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) green infrastructure investments under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). In his testimony, Wright lauded GSA’s leadership in stimulating job growth through federal facilities, noting the tremendous opportunity presented by the agency’s vast building portfolio of over 1,400 properties.

“On behalf of USGBC and Sellen, I would like to commend this committee and the Administration for your leadership in including these provisions in ARRA,” Wright said. “These programs are putting Americans back to work.”