Climate, environmental justice eyed at federal properties — GAO

By Nicole Norman | 06/26/2024 04:05 PM EDT

A two-year audit of 13 agencies found that climate and environmental justice concerns are being factored into property management.

The Government Accountability Office building.

The Government Accountability Office building in Washington. kafka4prez/Flickr

The Government Accountability Office found that 13 selected agencies have considered climate vulnerabilities as a factor when managing buildings and real property assets.

Under the National Environmental Policy Act, federal agencies must assess the environmental effects of actions like construction, management and disposal of federally owned buildings. In a report, GAO said 13 agencies are complying with the rule and taking steps to incorporate environmental justice when considering budgeting, planning and more.

EPA and the Agriculture, Commerce, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Interior, and Transportation departments were among the agencies reviewed.


The federal government has a massive real estate portfolio that costs billions of dollars to operate and maintain.