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November 02, 2005

White House and DOE Honor Federal Employees for Saving Energy

The White House and DOE honored 25 federal government employees, teams, and organizations on October 27th for their efforts to save energy and use renewable energy.

The White House honored five energy management teams from the Department of Defense and the General Services Administration with the Presidential Awards for Leadership in Federal Energy Management. The awards went to the General Services Administration Great Lakes Region and four Defense teams: the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base, the Navy's Southwest Region, the Army's Installation Management Agency for its Southeast Region, and the energy conservation program for the Air Force's Pacific facilities. In 2004 alone, the five teams helped save more than $9 million and 900 billion Btu, equivalent to the energy used in 9,800 typical homes. See the DOE press release.

DOE honored 20 federal government employees, teams, and organizations for saving more than $14 million in energy costs in the past year. The recipients of the 2005 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards are employees from the U.S. Army, Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy; the departments of Interior and Veterans Affairs; the General Services Administration; and the Smithsonian Institution. The award-winning efforts included renewable energy installations, green power purchases, energy efficiency upgrades, and innovative energy efficiency contracting mechanisms. In addition, federal facilities at DOE, the Interior Department, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration received Energy Saver Showcase Awards for superior building performance and sustainable construction. See the DOE press release and the list of award winners.