USA — Military Earns White House, Energy Department Awards

WASHINGTON — Defense Depart­ment efforts to save ener­gy and help the envi­ron­ment at instal­la­tions around the world are receiv­ing notice from the White House and the Ener­gy Depart­ment.

Last week a team at Fort Belvoir, Va., received one of eight 2010 Green­Gov Pres­i­den­tial Awards, spon­sored by the White House Coun­cil on Envi­ron­men­tal Qual­i­ty, for excep­tion­al efforts to pro­mote oper­a­tions that sus­tain the envi­ron­ment and save energy. 

Under the Army’s Res­i­den­tial Com­mu­ni­ties Ini­tia­tive, the Army and Fort Belvoir Res­i­den­tial Com­mu­ni­ties LLC formed a 50-year pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ship to devel­op, reha­bil­i­tate and build more than 2,000 homes on 576 acres at Fort Belvoir. 

The project’s Build­ing the Future Award cites a mixed-use town cen­ter that has solar pan­els, a sal­vaged play­ground, and a storm-water man­age­ment sys­tem that cap­tures and treats 90 per­cent of annu­al runoff from rain­fall. The project’s design also inte­grates res­i­den­tial and retail space, and encour­ages walk­ing as an alter­na­tive to driving. 

On Oct. 7, the Ener­gy Depart­ment award­ed sev­er­al of its 2010 Fed­er­al Ener­gy and Water Man­age­ment Awards to Defense Depart­ment oper­a­tions. More than 30 indi­vid­u­als, teams and orga­ni­za­tions received the awards for out­stand­ing efforts to imple­ment sus­tain­able strate­gies that improve ener­gy, water and vehi­cle fleet efficiency. 

Among the win­ners were employ­ees from the Defense Depart­ment and the U.S. Air Force, Army, Marine Corps and Navy. Awards to orga­ni­za­tions for fis­cal year 2009 activ­i­ties includ­ed: — Minot Air Force Base, N.D., which replaced an aging water-heat­ing plant with 400 tons of ground-source heat pumps for some large facil­i­ties and facil­i­ty-spe­cif­ic, high-effi­cien­cy boil­ers for oth­ers, sav­ing 114 bil­lion British ther­mal units of ener­gy and 16 mil­lion gal­lons of water over three years. It also saved $2.6 mil­lion in ener­gy and water costs, and more than $48,000 annu­al­ly in main­te­nance and repair costs. 

— U.S. Marine Corps Logis­tics Base, Barstow, Calif., which in part­ner­ship with South­ern Cal­i­for­nia Edi­son, installed the Marine Corps’ first large-scale wind tur­bine. The 1.5 megawatt tur­bine gen­er­ates more than 3,600 megawatt-hours of elec­tric ener­gy, rep­re­sent­ing 11.6 per­cent of base elec­tric­i­ty consumption. 

— Com­man­der Fleet Activ­i­ties, Yoko­su­ka, Japan, installed a $112 mil­lion, 39-megawatt cogen­er­a­tion pow­er plant that sup­plies pow­er equal to the load of 26,000 homes and avoids 62,000 met­ric tons of car­bon diox­ide emis­sions annu­al­ly. These and oth­er projects saved 587 bil­lion Btu, 745,000 gal­lons of water, and $16.8 mil­lion in ener­gy costs. 

Mau­reen Sul­li­van, the Defense Department’s direc­tor of envi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment, released a state­ment say­ing the awards high­light the department’s com­mit­ment to the envi­ron­ment. “Envi­ron­men­tal and ener­gy ini­tia­tives are a pri­or­i­ty and we con­tin­ue to invest in inno­v­a­tive tech­nolo­gies which demon­strate our com­mit­ment to sup­port­ing effi­cien­cy mea­sures that save mon­ey for tax­pay­ers, increase the sus­tain­abil­i­ty of our mil­i­tary mis­sion, and cre­ate a stronger econ­o­my for the Amer­i­can peo­ple,” she said. 

For pro­grams that imple­ment­ed effi­cient ener­gy, water or fleet man­age­ment in fis­cal 2009, awardees includ­ed the following: 

— The U.S. Army and Air Force Exchange Ser­vice in Dal­las imple­ment­ed projects that includ­ed ener­gy-effi­cient light­ing and equip­ment and water-effi­cient plumb­ing fix­tures. The efforts saved more than 70 bil­lion Btu of elec­tric­i­ty and 24,000 gal­lons of water, equal­ing $2.7 mil­lion in costs. 

— The Defense Com­mis­sary Agency at Fort Lee, Va., devel­oped a cen­tral­ized envi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment sys­tem in 2003 to improve its facil­i­ties world­wide. The agency saved 90 bil­lion Btu and 43 mil­lion gal­lons of water, avoid­ing $2.7 mil­lion in util­i­ty costs and more than 18,000 met­ric tons of green­house gas emissions. 

— The Marine Air Ground Task Force Train­ing Command/Marine Corps Air Ground Com­bat Cen­ter in Twen­ty­nine Palms, Calif., invest­ed $16.1 mil­lion in solar appli­ca­tions and ener­gy-effi­cien­cy improve­ments. The efforts saved 12.8 bil­lion Btu in and reduced ener­gy inten­si­ty by more than 15 per­cent from fis­cal 2003. 

— Naval Base San Diego, home port for 56 ships and uti­liz­ing 467 build­ings, devel­oped a base ener­gy and water reduc­tion plan. Inno­v­a­tive tech­nolo­gies include LED street light­ing, smart land­scap­ing, state-of-the-art cen­tral irri­ga­tion con­trols and oil-free chiller plant com­pres­sors. The base saved more than 15 bil­lion Btu and 57 mil­lion gal­lons of water for a com­bined sav­ings of $1.5 mil­lion in costs. 

— The Navy Region South­west in San Diego has an ener­gy and water effi­cien­cy pro­gram that cov­ers 10 instal­la­tions. In 2009 the orga­ni­za­tion reduced ener­gy con­sump­tion by more than 223 bil­lion Btu and 662 mil­lion gal­lons of water, decreas­ing its ener­gy inten­si­ty by 17.7 per­cent from 2003 and water inten­si­ty by 27 per­cent from 2007. 

How the depart­ment man­ages ener­gy has sig­nif­i­cant impacts on tac­ti­cal, strate­gic and oper­a­tional deci­sion-mak­ing efforts. This week, as part of Ener­gy Aware­ness month, the Pen­ta­gon will host its first ener­gy secu­ri­ty event with top-lev­el pan­el dis­cus­sions and ener­gy tech­nol­o­gy displays. 

Adm. Mike Mullen, chair­man of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will open a morn­ing pan­el dis­cus­sion, one of two dis­cus­sions to be held tomor­row. Sharon Burke, the department’s direc­tor of oper­a­tional ener­gy, will lead the morn­ing pan­el, which will include Chopra and top Army and Air Force leadership. 

Deputy Under­sec­re­tary of Defense for Instal­la­tions and Envi­ron­ment Dorothy Robyn will lead a sec­ond pan­el tomorrow. 

Ener­gy tech­nol­o­gy con­trac­tors and equip­ment will be on dis­play in the Pentagon’s court­yard through­out the week. 

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Office of the Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of Defense (Pub­lic Affairs) 

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