WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Six Navy and a Marine Corps installations supported by Naval Facilities Engineering Command Washington were recognized for achievements in their energy and water management programs at an awards presentation Oct. 3.
The Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock in Bethesda, Md. and Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. each received a "Gold Level of Achievement" at the Secretary of the Navy Energy and Water Management Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2011.
Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Naval Support Activity South Potomac, NSA Annapolis and NSA Washington each achieved the "Blue Level of Achievement."
The Gold Level represents a "very good to outstanding energy program" and the Blue Level represents a "well rounded energy program." The highest of three achievement levels is platinum.
"Commanding Officer Capt. Ken Branch and I are very proud of the support and contributions the NAVFAC Washington team provided these six installations within our area of responsibility in earning these Fiscal Year 2011 SECNAV Energy and Water Management Awards," said Capt. Craig Prather, NAVFAC Washington executive officer. "As we begin Fiscal Year 2013, we will continue our focus on pursuing and achieving the Navy's Energy goals."
A highlight of energy programs in the region is the Visitor's Center at the Washington Navy Yard. Equipped with technology which sharply reduces its energy consumption and combined with alternative energy sources, the building takes almost no power from the traditional grid.
"These awards indicate that we do have effective energy management programs in place within our region," said Bob Kelly, regional energy program manager, Naval District Washington.
During FY 2012, NAVFAC Washington assigned an installation energy manager at each site in an effort to strengthen the effectiveness of the energy management program. "These actions should have a significant impact for the future," Kelly said.
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