DOE Awards 2009 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

October 29, 2009

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) yesterday honored 32 individuals, teams, and organizations with Federal Energy and Water Management Awards for outstanding and innovative efforts by Federal agencies to implement energy efficiency improvement strategies. These awards demonstrate a commitment by agencies across the Federal Government to save energy, reduce Federal energy costs, limit carbon pollution, implement cutting-edge clean energy technologies, strengthen national security, and create a stronger economy for the American people. These initiatives saved taxpayers more than $26 million in fiscal year 2008 by reducing energy use and energy costs in Federal facilities.

The 2009 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards winners were selected from nominations submitted by 14 Federal agencies and included employees from the U.S. Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, and Navy; the Departments of Commerce, Energy, Interior, and Veterans Affairs; the Environmental Protection Agency; General Services Administration; and National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

The Obama Administration is committed to building a clean and secure energy future for the country, which must include significant efforts by the Federal Government to conserve energy and water resources, increase the use of renewable energy technologies and alternative fuels, and incorporate sustainable design elements into Federal buildings. Earlier this month, President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order focused on Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance, which requires Federal agencies to set a 2020 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target within 90 days. Agencies can achieve these targets with a range of initiatives, including reducing the energy intensity in their buildings, deploying additional renewable energy resources, reducing the use of fossil fuels, and promoting environmentally-responsible products and technologies.

The Federal Government has been working for the past few years to move towards cleaner energy and improved energy efficiency, and has achieved substantive results to date. For example, data for fiscal year 2008 shows that the Federal Government has decreased energy consumption per gross square foot by approximately 12% compared with fiscal year 2003 data. The Federal Government also reported purchasing or producing 1,904 gigawatt-hours of renewable electric energy, equivalent to 3.4% of their electricity use.

Accomplishments of this year's winners include:

  • Saving 212 billion Btu through the installation of renewable energy systems including solar thermal and photovoltaic systems, wind turbines, methane gas generated by waste decomposition at the local landfill, and purchasing green power.
  • Implementing facility-wide comprehensive changes to operations and maintenance practices saving 558 billion Btu through upgrades to building heat, ventilation, and air conditioning equipment, and the installation of high efficiency lighting and energy management control systems.
  • Installing significant water efficiency improvements saving 585 million gallons of water through upgrades to water-saving equipment and irrigation systems; conversion to artificial turf; using new, effective methods to locate and repair water leaks; and reusing reclaimed and recovered ground water.
  • Building Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) facilities with state of the art energy efficiency technologies and clean environmentally-friendly atmospheres.
  • Implementing energy savings performance contracts and utility energy services contracts to save tax payer dollars.  

This awards program is one of several held each year in conjunction with October's Energy Awareness Month to highlight the critical importance of energy efficiency and renewable resources and Federal efforts to lead by example in energy management. See the complete list of this year's winners below; to view individual winners within organizations and small groups, visit the 2009 Federal Energy and Water Management Award Winners Web page.

Water Conservation Awards to Organizations

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park Main Laboratory, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina
  • U.S. Marine Corps, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, San Diego, California

Water Conservation Awards to Small Groups

  • Department of the Army , Tooele Army Depot, Tooele, Utah
  • U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Maryland
  • U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey National Center, Reston, Virginia
  • U.S. General Services Administration, Great Lakes Region, Chicago, Illinois
  • Department of the Navy, Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme, California

Water Conservation Award to an Individual

  • Walter Unick, Department of the Army, Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey

Renewable Energy Awards to Organizations

  • U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Management and Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Washington, D.C.
  • U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Soutwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Department of the Navy, Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, China Lake, California
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, James H. Quillen VA Medical Center, Mountain Home, Tennessee

Renewable Energy Award to a Small Group

  • U.S. Marine Corps, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii

Sustainable Design/High Performance Buildings Awards to Organizations

  • U.S. Department of Energy, Argonne National Laboratory, Sub-Angstrom Microscopy and Microanalysis Facility, Argonne, Illinois
  • U.S. Department of Energy, Fernald Preserve Visitors Center, Office of Legacy Management, Washington, D.C.
  • U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Blue Ridge Parkway Destination Center, Asheville, North Carolina

Sustainable Design/High Performance Buildings Awards to Small Groups

  • U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Lassen Volcanic National Park, Mineral, California
  • U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Bloomington, Minnesota
  • U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge, Williamstown, West Virginia

Energy Efficiency/Energy Program Management Awards to Organizations

  • U.S. Air Force, 2nd Civil Engineer Squadron, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana U.S. Air Force, 718th Civil Engineer Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan
  • U.S. Department of Energy, Bonneville Power Administration, Federal Agency Energy Efficiency Program, Seattle, Washington
  • U.S. Marine Corps, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Camp Pendleton, California

Energy Efficiency/Energy Program Management Awards to Small Groups

  • U.S. Air Force, 7th Civil Engineer Squadron, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas
  • U.S. Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration, Nevada Site Office, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Department of the Navy, Naval Base Kitsap Bangor, Bremerton, Washington
  • Department of the Navy, Naval Base Kitsap Bremerton, Bremerton, Washington
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, James J. Peters VA Medical Center, Bronx, New York

Energy Efficiency/Energy Program Management Awards to Individuals

  • Daniel Wood, Department of the Army, Fort Eustis Department of Public Works, Fort Eustis, Virginia
  • Donald Thompson, Jacobs Technology Inc. (FOSC), National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Stennis Space Center, Mississippi

Exceptional Service Awards

  • Don Juhasz, Department of the Army, Office of the Assistant Chief for Installation Management, Arlington, Virginia
  • Chris Drury, Department of the Navy, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest, Silverdale, Washington