Federal Agencies Honored For Energy Conservation
The White House has honored five federal agency teams for their efforts to conserve energy.
The 2002 Presidential Awards for Leadership in Federal Energy Management recognized five agencies whose efforts have saved more than $100 million and prevented about 240,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide from entering the earth’s atmosphere.
–The Navy Shipboard Energy Conservation Team at the Department of Defense received the Award for Outstanding Performance. In fiscal year 2001, the efforts of this team saved $41.7 million and 1,012,000 barrels of fuel.
The team installed stern flaps on 34 ships to save an estimated 112,000 barrels of fuel. When fully implemented, these adjustments will save about $17.5 million a year.
–The Department of Commerce received the Award for Institutionalization for its Strategic Implementation Plan for Energy Management. The plan engages all of the agency’s bureaus and staff including procurement, legal, budget, management and facility maintenance, and is expected to help maintain the agency’s annual two percent reduction in energy use, which has reduced Commerce Department energy use by a total of 34 percent since 1985.
— The General Services Administration (GSA) received the Award for Implementation for its nationwide Public Building Service program. The program guides regional offices to make improvements and prioritize projects that aid energy efficiency.
Investing almost $50 million in new equipment, GSA saved enough energy to provide for the annual consumption of about 10 million square feet of office space.
— The Department of Defense’s Pentagon Renovation Office received the Award for Outreach. The program promotes energy conservation and efficient design practices with the private sector, local governments, industry and national organizations. It has set a high standard for energy efficiency with its use of environmentally preferable building materials and products, and through recycling 70 percent of all construction debris.
–The Army National Cancer Institute/Army Garrison at Fort Detrick received the Award for Results. Fort Detrick has maximized an investment of $25 million of facility improvements for energy savings totaling $60 million under their Partnership for Energy Performance (PEP) program.
This program’s savings will exceed more than 163 pounds of steam used for heat and power and almost 17 million gallons of water will be saved. With more than 500,000 buildings and as the nation’s largest energy consumer, the federal government is directed under Executive Order 13123 to promote energy conservation through building design, energy efficiency and emerging technologies.
Provided by theEnvironmental News Service.