U.S. Department of Commerce—"Institutionalization"

December 1, 2002

The Department of Commerce is institutionalizing the goals of Executive Order 13123 with the development of a Strategic Implementation Plan for Energy Management. This plan, fully endorsed by the Department's Senior Energy Official, will engage managers with responsibility for energy and water management within the Department and all of its bureaus. The plan provides guidance on the initiatives, goals, and objectives of the Order and on the resources needed to accomplish these goals. The plan establishes an agency energy team consisting of appropriate procurement, legal, budget, management, and technical representatives of the Department and its bureaus. Implementing the plan will help Commerce achieve additional energy reduction goals and further reduce its $30 million annual utility bill.

Commerce has an excellent energy management program in which all of its bureaus and agencies participate actively. It has four Federal Energy Saver Showcase facilities and has partnered with the U.S. Green Buildings Council (USGBC) for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifications on both new construction and building renovations. The Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) project team developed and updated life-cycle cost methodology and software to help the entire Federal government save both energy and money. NIST implemented a site-wide energy conservation master plan. The Department's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) facilities are installing real-time metering and will develop an energy demand management program. NOAA biologists teamed with DOE and the City of Seattle to build a water recycling plant that is saving the city 180 million gallons of water and $230,000 in energy costs annually. Because of its effective policies and practices, Commerce has already attained a 34 percent energy reduction in its buildings, exceeding the Executive Order 13123 goal of a 30 percent energy reduction by fiscal year 2005.

Team Members:

Bernie Denno
Douglas F. Elznic
David T. Henry
Mark Kuklewicz
Mike Sade
Karen Thomas
James Woods

Members of the U.S. Department of Commerce team