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October 19, 2011

DOE Lauds Winners of 2011 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards

Photo of a man in a hard hat working on the electronics for a light.

Master Sgt. Russ Wells of Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, tests an LED light. A team from the base, which leads the Air Force's LED initiative, was honored for its efficiency program.
Credit: U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley Tyler

DOE lauded on October 13 the winners of the 30th annual Federal Energy and Water Management Awards. These awards recognize the commitment by federal agencies to invest in efficiency measures that save money for taxpayers, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and create a stronger economy.

In 2011, 29 individuals, teams, and organizations across the federal government received awards for outstanding and innovative efforts to implement sustainable strategies that improve energy, water, and vehicle fleet efficiency. Winners include employees from DOE as well as the Departments of Agriculture, Homeland Security, Interior, and Veterans Affairs; the U.S. Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Defense Logistics Agency; and the General Services Administration.

The 2011 winners contributed to 7.9 trillion Btu of energy savings through initiatives across the federal government, an amount equivalent to the energy consumed by 83,000 households in a year. Winning initiatives also helped avoid the use of 49.6 million gallons of fuel—an amount equivalent to removing more than 113,000 cars from the road for one year—and they facilitated savings of more than $162 million in costs and 3.4 billion gallons of water. Additionally, these projects helped offset more than 250 billion Btu of fossil-based energy through a combination of renewable energy generation and purchases, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of more than 1.2 million metric tons of carbon dioxide. These efforts are also helping move cutting-edge clean energy technologies into the marketplace, create new jobs, and strengthen U.S. national security.

Over the past 30 years, winners have saved almost $16 billion and an estimated 770 trillion Btu of energy. This is enough energy to provide all the energy needs of federal government facilities for two years. See the DOE press release and complete list of winners.