2011 DOI Environmental Achievement Awards Honorable Mentions
Parker River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) showcases Region 5's largest photovoltaic installation. The 32.48 kilowatt direct current array went into operation in 2009 and consistently generates power for the Refuge. Like many successful projects, this one benefited from the sustained efforts of a dedicated employee. Frank Drauszewski championed the photovoltaics by advocating for the project, working with the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative/Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, persevering through writing grants and obtaining funding, and working to ensure that all phases of the project are accomplished. These tasks are well beyond his normal job duties. Frank exhibited enthusiasm and initiative, an unselfish sharing of his time and a consistent willingness to help.
Mr. Al Green, Outstanding Organizational Achievement in Fleet Energy Efficiency, Office of Surface Mining, Washington, DC
Due to his efforts, the Office of Surface Mining (OSM) vehicle fleet has been transformed into an efficient and sustainable operation. His leadership has resulted in reduced fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions as directed by E.O. and DOI greening goals. Al has worked closely with OSM fleet managers, OEPC, and GSA in ensuring OSM has a reduced environmental footprint in this critical area. OSM is a field-oriented organization that depends heavily on its motor vehicle fleet to accomplish its mission. The majority of OSM vehicles must be able to operate in remote rural areas. Our ability to utilize alternative fuel in our Alternative Fuel Vehicles (AFVs) has been hampered due to availability issues. Although these and other factors complicate our ability to comply with environmental guidance related to vehicle fleet management, Al s efforts have ensured we exceeded the 75% new acquisition AFV requirement, and reduced our petroleum use while increasing the use of alternative fuel.
Four Grid-Tied Photovoltaic Systems in Three ZION Areas, Zion National Park, National Park Service, Utah
The completion of an eight-year project to install four grid-tied photovoltaic arrays in Zion National Park has marked a major stepping stone in the park's highly ambitious initiative to operate the exclusively on renewable energy. Within his first year as a full time Sustainability/EMS coordinator, James Lutterman has helped to increase renewable energy production almost 850% resulting in a park that runs on 30% renewable energy.
Each aspect of the building's design, construction and operation exemplifies the policy and performance goals of the President s Executive Order on Sustainability. The building envelope is well insulated with recycled newspapers. The building is heated and cooled with a 12.5 ton renewable geothermal system. In addition, a 6.3 kW photovoltaic array provides renewable electricity. Operation of the facility limits energy and water use compared to typical facilities. Low flow and waterless fixtures conserve water. Remote electronic access to the automated heating, ventilating, and air conditioning system helps keep the system performing optimally. Cradle-to-grave supply chain management is supported with a focus on sustainable purchasing. All purchases are carefully tracked on a spreadsheet for their sustainability performance. The building design is drawn from standardized concepts developed to keep costs low.
FWS Fleet Fuel Consumption, Region 9, Fish and Wildlife Service, Arlington, Virginia
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The Branch of Facilities and Property Policy (FPP) is responsible for the Service's national fleet program management. In FY 2008 a reorganization included a new position for a National Fleet and Region 9 Property Manager to address the improvement of agency Fleet management, which is a Presidential Management Agenda item and focus area for the Office of Management and Budget.
NIFC Energy Reductions, National Interagency Fire Center, Bureau of Land Management, Boise, Idaho
Leadership at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho has encouraged reductions in energy consumption and funded measures which were implemented to meet executive orders on energy stewardship. The program has been highly effective in using proven technologies and strategies to reduce energy consumption. Since 2003, measures implemented were items such as installation of LED lighting, Plasma lighting, lowered space temperatures, reduced occupancy schedules, and implementing a pilot program for an energy performance contract. These good stewardship efforts resulted in a 21% reduction in electrical energy consumption between FY2003 and FY2010. The reduction in energy use demonstrated stewardship of our nations resources and avoided higher utility costs in today's tight budgets. The 21% reduction in energy use has resulted in $68,000 of annual cost avoidance in 2010 dollars for the government.
Sustainability Awareness Committee, U.S. Geological Survey, Jamestown, North Dakota
In 2007, a handful of employees formed the Sustainability Awareness Committee at Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center to educate staff about mandates in EO 13423, with the goal of becoming a more sustainable Center. The Committee also works to support EO 13514 and the DOI Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan. The Committee's ideas have spawned a number of initiatives, including developing a new techno-trash recycling program, campaigns to reduce energy use and educate employees, and engagement in the Federal Electronics Challenge, the Federal Green Challenge, and the Electronics Recycling and Reuse Challenge. The Committee's recent development was the communication tool Swarmsbee, a bee character whose name stands for Shutdown Workstation Monitors Mouse Speakers Backup. Swarmsbee posters have been deployed around the facility as reminders to power down electronic equipment. The Committee also developed an Equipment Sharing and Reduction Program to reduce electronic inventory.
Golf Course Specialists (GCS) has been instrumental in making environmental management strides at three National Park Service (NPS) golf courses in the National Capital Region (NCR) - East Potomac Golf Course in National Mall and Memorial Parks, Langston Golf Course in National Capital Parks East, and Rock Creek Golf Course in Rock Creek Park. Approximately 130,000 golf rounds are played annually by the public at these properties. GCS provides visitors a variety of recreational golf services balanced with its commitment to protect the environment and conserve the natural, cultural and recreational features of these urban parks. With over twenty-five years of operational and agronomic experience in managing these facilities comprised of building structures and manicured golf course greens, fairways and tees, GCS has demonstrated that excellent golf course conditions can exist in concert with sound environmental practices.