White House Honors Federal Agency and Postal Service Teams for Saving Energy and Reducing Energy Costs

October 30, 2003

Media Contact
Chris Kielich, 202/586-5806
For Immediate Release
October 29, 2003

WASHINGTON, DC -- In conjunction with the President�s National Energy Policy, the White House today honored five energy management teams from the Department of Defense, Department of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Postal Service for their dedication and leadership in the conservation of energy. These teams, including more than 40 Federal employees and contractors, are responsible for efforts that have resulted in annual savings equivalent to the energy used in more than 13,000 typical homes (1.3 trillion Btu).

"The Presidential Awards for Leadership in Federal Energy Management, established by Executive Order 13123, support President Bush�s National Energy Policy, which calls for America to modernize conservation efforts, increase energy supplies, accelerate the protection and improvement of the environment, and increase our nation�s energy security," Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham said. "This policy specifically directs Executive Branch departments and agencies to use energy more wisely. Today�s award winners are leading by example and improving energy management practices in federal agencies."

"These winners contributed significantly to the energy and dollar savings achieved by the federal government and to meeting federal energy reduction goals. Most importantly, the winners set great examples for the rest of the federal government about what is possible and achievable with proper attention and focus," said Clay Johnson III, Deputy Director of Management for The Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

Deputy Director Johnson was responsible for reviewing the nominations submitted by the Department of Energy and recommending the award recipients to the President.

Recognized at the fourth annual ceremony were energy teams from the Army, Navy and Air Force; the Department of Health and Human Services Federal Drug Administration; and the United States Postal Service, Pacific area.

The Presidential Awards for Leadership in Federal Energy Management, established by Executive Order 13123, support President Bush�s National Energy Policy which calls for America to modernize conservation efforts, increase energy supplies, accelerate the protection and improvement of the environment, and increase our nation�s energy security. The Policy specifically directs Executive Branch departments and agencies to conserve energy use in their facilities.

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