Navy NewsStand (June 19, 2006): NAVFAC earns 2006 White House Closing the Circle Awards.
The White House Closing the Circle Awards recognize outstanding achievements of federal employees and facilities that are significant contributions to, or have a positive impact on, the environment.
"Sustainable environmental performance has become an integral part of how we do business in the federal government," said Ed Pinero, federal environmental executive. "These award-winning programs and individuals truly exemplify how our management and operations can be made more sustainable through enhanced environmental stewardship."
Naval Station Great Lakes was given the award for Alternative Fuel Use and Fuel Conservation in Transportation in the military, for its use of biodiesel. Biodiesel is a cleaner burning alternative fuel and has become America's fastest growing alternative fuel, according to the Department of Energy
"We're thrilled to see the use of biodiesel within the federal government continuing to grow and its users recognized with this important award," said Joe Jobe, chief executive officer of the National Biodiesel Board. "These [vehicle] fleets are important models to their peers, as well as the nation at large. They are leaders in the government's efforts to protect the environment, as well as executing President Bush's goal of reducing dependence on foreign oil by 75 percent by 2025."
NAVFAC Southwest Public Works Department at Naval Base Ventura County won the award for Sustainable Design and Green Building in the military. The naval base's Building 850 is an "Energy Showcase" facility, demonstrating new concepts in energy efficiency and "green" building principles to both the resident staff and neighboring communities.
"We are proud of what we accomplished in this project, not only in the energy savings and sustainable design features and materials incorporated, but in the high quality workspace we provided for our people," said Thomas Carr, NAVFAC Southwest deputy public works officer.
Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., was given an honorable mention for Waste and Prevention in the military.
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Senior Chief Journalist Regina Adams