By Naval Sea Systems Command Office of Corporate Communications
The U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) in selected Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Carderock, a Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) field activity, Aug. 18 for the 2008 Federal Energy and Water Management Award.
NSWC Carderock is one of two Navy commands to earn the award for its energy efficiency and energy management program in the organization category.
"I can't say enough good things about our facilities division, their innovation and dedication," said Capt. Mark W. Thomas, NSWC Carderock Division commander. "They understand that every dollar they save is another dollar that can go toward ships, submarines, carriers and warfighters--and that's what we're all here for."
DoE, in conjunction with the Federal Interagency Energy Policy Committee, sponsors the Federal Energy and Water Management Awards. These awards honor individuals and organizations making significant contributions to the efficient use of energy and water resources in the federal government.
Awards recognize outstanding achievements in the following areas:
* the conservation and efficient use of energy and water;
* the use of renewable energy sources;
* implementing sustainable practices for high performance buildings; and
* implementing sustainable practices for vehicle fleet management.
Earlier this year, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Carderock's Ship Systems Engineering Station (SSES), Philadelphia, Pa., earned a FY 2007 Secretary of the Navy Energy Award (Platinum Award) by implementing energy efficient lighting systems, new heating and lighting systems, direct digital control systems and improvements to HVAC controls and the cooling tower. These efforts reduced energy consumption per square foot by 15.5 percent. Additionally, SSES developed and executed activity-funded projects and initiatives to help meet and exceed mandated energy and water reduction goals.
The Department of the Navy's worldwide energy program is currently exceeding the Energy Policy Act goals. The program, managed by Naval Facilities Engineering Command, includes state-of-the-art technology and design, uses the most energy efficient products, focuses on improving individual energy efficiency, and operations and maintenance strategies that significantly reduce energy and water consumption by Navy and Marine Corps installations worldwide, saving taxpayers more than $400 million (inflation adjusted) each year.
The winners will be recognized at a ceremony to be held Oct. 22, in .