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November 09, 2011

DOE Recognizes 2011 Winners of its Sustainability Awards

DOE announced on November 3 the winners of its 2011 Sustainability Awards. These awards recognize the achievements of DOE employees whose leadership and cost-reducing initiatives have saved taxpayer money by reducing the agency's use of energy, water, and paper, while improving the energy efficiency of federal buildings and vehicles. DOE's sustainability initiatives saved more than $4 million in fiscal year 2010 alone. Awards were presented to individuals, teams, and organizations for improving energy, water, and fleet efficiency, as well as reducing pollution and waste across the agency's facilities, including its national laboratories.

In FY 2010, DOE reduced its energy use per square foot by 18.4% from the FY 2003 baseline, while significantly cutting greenhouse gas emissions. The agency also reduced its water use per square foot by 12.2% from the FY 2007 baseline, and it used renewable electricity equivalent to 9.2% of its total electricity use.

The 2011 winners significantly improved DOE operations by constructing sustainable buildings, implementing green purchasing, replacing inefficient equipment, deploying renewable energy projects, and implementing other similar initiatives. DOE employees from multiple sites and offices were recognized, including the Argonne, Idaho, Lawrence Livermore, Oak Ridge, National Renewable Energy, Pacific Northwest, Princeton Plasma Physics, Sandia, and Savannah River national laboratories. Also recognized were the Bonneville Power Administration, Pantex Plant, East Tennessee Technology Park, Savannah River Site, Strategic Petroleum Reserve, and Y-12 National Security Complex near Oak Ridge, Tennessee. DOE's headquarters, its Carlsbad and Golden Field Offices, and the Idaho and Richland Operations Offices were also honored. See the DOE press release, the complete list of winnersPDF, and DOE's Sustainability Performance Office website.