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October 24, 2002

Five Federal Agencies Earn Presidential Awards for Saving $100 Million

The 2002 Presidential Awards for Leadership in Federal Energy Management were presented on October 24th to five U.S. federal agencies that demonstrated leadership in energy conservation and saved more than $100 million. The five agencies-the Department of Commerce, the General Services Administration, and the Department of Defense's Pentagon Renovation Office, Navy Shipboard Energy Conservation Team, and Fort Detrick Army Base-collectively prevented the emission of roughly 240,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide.

Among the achievements of the five agencies are a 2 percent annual drop in energy use at the Department of Commerce and savings at the other agencies of more than one million barrels of fuel, 17 million gallons of water, and enough energy to heat, cool, and power 10 million square feet of office space.

As the largest U.S. energy consumer, and with more than 500,000 buildings, the federal government is directed under Executive Order 13123 to promote energy conservation through building design, energy efficiency and emerging technologies. The five leading agencies were honored at a special White House ceremony. See the DOE press release.

DOE's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) has the lead responsibility for advancing energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation in the federal government. In conjunction with the Presidential energy awards, FEMP presented its own annual "Federal Energy and Water Management Awards" on October 22nd.