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November 09, 2011

DOE's NREL Wins 2011 GreenGov Presidential Award

DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has won the 2011 GreenGov Presidential Award for Green Innovation. The White House Council on Environmental Quality announced on November 1 that it recognized NREL's Green Data Center for its innovative design that minimizes its energy footprint and reduces costs without compromising service quality. The GreenGov Presidential Awards celebrate extraordinary achievement in the pursuit of President Obama's Executive Order on Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance.

Photo of a large, modern office building.

DOE’s National Renewable Energy Lab won the Green Innovation Award for its net-zero energy data center that is integral to the Research Support Facility shown here.
Credit: Dennis Schroeder, NREL

NREL's Green Data Center is located in the lab's 220,000 square foot Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum-rated Research Support Facility. Using the climate as a natural coolant, capturing waste heat to ventilate in the cooler months, and employing advanced equipment to minimize energy usage, the data center is designed to help achieve the building's net-zero energy goals. With these efforts and employee education, the data center is expected to save $200,000 in electricity costs and reduce carbon emissions by nearly 5 million pounds each year. See the DOE Progress Alert, the White House announcement, and the GreenGov Presidential Awards Web page.