Federal Management Team Saves More Than $100 Million

December 1, 2002

On October 24, 2002, the 2002 Presidential Awards for Leadership in Federal Energy Management honored five agencies whose leadership efforts with energy conservation have saved more than $100 million and prevented approximately 240,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide from entering the earth's atmosphere.

"The people and projects honored [with this award]...show how every action we take, both as individuals and as Federal employees, can cut our nation's energy bill, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and increase our nation's energy security through greater energy independence," said Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham.

"The President has committed his team to making the government more effective and efficient. The agency teams honored [with the Presidential Award]...are exemplary of this commitment. They show that when we spend money wisely, we can also have the added benefit of preserving our natural resources," said Mark W. Everson, Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

OMB hosted the event in support of President Bush's National Energy Policy, a nationwide plan to modernize conservation efforts, accelerate the protection of the environment, and increase the nation's energy security. With more than 500,000 buildings and as the largest energy consumer, the Federal government is directed under Executive Order 13123 to promote energy conservation through building design, energy efficiency, and emerging technologies.

Descriptions of the recipient teams recognized at a White House ceremony are in the following articles of this issue. For more information, contact Annie Haskins of FEMP at 202-586-4536.