The Federal Energy and Water Management Awards recognize individuals, groups, and agencies for their outstanding contributions in the areas of energy efficiency, water conservation, and the use of advanced and renewable energy technologies at federal facilities.
Career Exceptional Service Awards
U.S. Air Force
Air National Guard (ANG) Civil Engineering Technical Services Center (CETSC)
Minot, North Dakota
For nearly 30 years Mark Schumaker, Chief of Engineering and Operations Support for the ANG CETSC, has provided energy, management, design, and construction expertise for projects executed at the nation's ANG bases to cut energy costs and waste and improve security and resilience to further the Air Force’s mission. Highlights of his achievements include spearheading the ANG Resource Efficiency Manager program and developing the ANG Infrastructure Energy Strategic Plan.
Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Installations, Energy and Environment) Energy and Sustainability
Martin Brown is recognized for his career-long devotion to federal fleet management to reduce costs and conserve energy resources, with 20 years as a uniformed soldier and 18 as a federal civilian, culminating as the Army's fleet manager for the past eleven years. In this role he guides the Army to achieve efficient and resilient fleet management of about 53,000 vehicles.
Public Works Energy Branch
Fort Drum, New York
Stephen Rowley has served as Fort Drum's energy manager since 1986, demonstrating leadership and commitment over the years to reduce energy and water costs and waste and by executing energy conservation and distributed energy projects, improving workforce development through training and awareness, and supporting Army research and development.
U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hunter Liggett
Currently the Director of Public Works at Fort Hunter Liggett, Greg Vallery has helped the Army improve its energy and water resilience and security for the past 16 years, implementing efforts to eliminate wasteful practices, conserve resources, cut energy costs, and create a culture of conservation and accountability through workforce development programs.
U.S. Marine Corps
Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Beaufort
Beaufort, South Carolina
Utilities Director and Installation Energy Manager Neil Tisdale has served MCAS Beaufort since 1995. Throughout his tenure he has consistently implemented energy and water-saving projects that reduce costs, conserve resources, and improve site resilience. One of his primary achievements was to install a state-of-the-art controls system that has been described as "setting the standard for Marine Corps installations worldwide."
Cynthia J. Obermeyer
Defense Logistics Agency
Fort Belvoir, Virginia
Cynthia Obermeyer served as the contracting officer for the largest energy savings performance contract (ESPC) award in Air Force history and the single largest ESPC award across the federal government. The contract for the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex located at Tinker Air Force Base is valued at $649 million over 25 years.
James V. Berotti Jr.
LCDR J. David McLeod
Randy J. Monohan
U.S. Marine Corps
Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island
Parris Island, South Carolina
The team awarded a $91.1 million ESPC, which features groundbreaking system integration, new technologies, and continued investment in existing distributed energy resources. Once complete, the site will be a near-net zero electricity purchase installation, enhancing energy resilience and readiness with its own reliable source of heat and power, combined with advanced controls and energy storage technology.
Department of the Navy (DON) Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) Team, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) and Marine Corps Installations Command (MCICOM)
The Navy team developed, validated, and supported all CNIC and MCICOM energy program requirements in FY 2017 by awarding six energy performance contracting projects with a total cost of $445 million and annual energy savings of 776.7 billion Btu. Improvements included the development of a standardized task order template and streamlined process and cost analysis tool, which enhanced the program's success by increasing operational efficiencies and reducing costs.
Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC), Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) and Naval Submarine Base (NSB) New London
This team developed and executed a plan that enhances energy security and aligns Department of Navy resources to include a pending State of Connecticut Microgrid Grant Program, third-party energy financing, Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative in-kind considerations, and an auxiliary power purchase agreement (PPA) to pair highly-efficient fuel cells with an advanced microgrid system. Contract modifications were implemented to overcome project barriers and bring a stalled generation project to fruition.
Program Contracting Activity Central
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
In FY 2017 the team awarded $174 million of ESPCs and utility energy service contracts (UESC) while also developing new authority in line with the Department's mission and business requirements—to create the federal government's first set-aside ESPC procurement for service-disabled Veteran-owned small businesses.
Laboratory/Data Center Awards
Thomas P. Carter
U.S. Department of Energy
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
The team installed a cutting-edge thermosyphon hybrid cooling system to reduce water use in its already extremely energy efficient high-performance computing data center. The project saved 1.16 million gallons of water in the first year of operation, cutting the data center’s onsite water usage in half to conserve significant water resources while continuing to operate at optimal energy efficiency.
U.S. Department of Energy
Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (TJNAF)
Newport New, Virginia
This team successfully completed planned data center improvement strategies that increased flexibility, decreased cost, and increased security and reliability of data center operations. The project allowed TJNAF to cut waste by consolidating space and operating only a single highly efficient data center with an average power use effectiveness level of 1.27, an uninterruptable power supply, and a significant reduction in cooling water usage.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Institutes of Health
This team implemented programs to manage ultra-low temperature freezers, one of the most energy-intensive pieces of laboratory equipment, to increase equipment reliability and reduce waste and energy costs. Strategies included retiring freezers that were no longer needed, tuning freezer temperature, and performing regular preventative maintenance to conserve resources and improve operational efficiency.
John A. Statz
U.S. Department of Justice
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - National Laboratory Center (NLC)
John Statz completed two major projects at the NLC in FY 2017 to conserve resources and improve operating efficiency—an airflow modification project and a chilled water optimization project— resulting in reduced maintenance costs of 90% and energy savings of 1.5 billion Btu.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Coast Guard Energy Management Program
In FY 2017, the U.S. Coast Guard’s energy management and civil engineering communities formalized a burgeoning partnership that allows them to optimize their utilization of resources. By leveraging collective expertise, the program reduced funding barriers to implementing projects and awarded its largest single site UESC to reduce energy costs and strengthen the resilience of Coast Guard facilities.
U.S. Army Office of Energy Initiatives (OEI)
Through the end of FY 2017 OEI’s project portfolio (Army’s central management office for development, implementation, and oversight of all privately financed, large-scale energy projects) included nine operational projects and two under construction, with a total capacity of more than 350 MW of distributed energy generation. In FY 2017 alone, OEI’s significant accomplishments included five projects commencing operations that will cut costs and significantly improve the Army’s security, resilience, and reliability in line with mission-critical operations.
Tobyhanna Army Depot
Conserving water resources, cutting waste, and savings costs, Tobyhanna Army Depot achieved a remarkable 52% reduction in their water use in FY 2017 from a FY 2007 baseline. Program efforts included a robust data collection and monitoring system as well as investments in water saving technologies such as rain water harvesting, wastewater reuse, and acoustic leak detection equipment.
U.S. Army Garrison Presidio of Monterey and
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineer Research and Development Center - Construction Engineering Research Laboratory
This team developed a robust retro-commissioning program that improves energy operations of critical infrastructure, reduces energy and maintenance costs, and improves occupant comfort. The team provided online and hands-on training, technical guides, contracting templates, and case study reports to develop their workforce and improve operational efficiencies.
COL Sean McDonald
U.S. Army Reserve
81st Readiness Division
Fort Jackson, South Carolina
The team developed a long-term, proactive program that focuses on facility investment and customer service to cut costs and improve operational processes, resulting in a 36.5% decrease in energy intensity from FY 2015. Specifically, the program avoids costly emergency fixes by preparing in advance for facility needs and equipment failure before issues become critical. A preventive maintenance program optimizes the performance and extends the life of existing systems, reducing energy consumption via improved operations.
U.S. Marine Corps Installations Command G4 Transportation Services Directorate (MICOM G4-TS)
Non-Tactical Vehicle Program
In alignment with the U.S. Marine Corps’ mission, in 2017 MCICOM G4-TS reduced operating costs more than $13 million from FY 2016—a 16.3% reduction. These savings were due in part to leveraging advanced data resources to effectively capture, manage, and utilize data; evaluating vehicle acquisitions to maximize efficiency, cost, and compliance; optimizing fleet composition; and ensuring appropriate alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure is in place to meet demand.
U.S. Department of Energy
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
Oak Ridge, Tennessee
Culminating in a 10 year effort to maximize its investment in modern facilities and equipment, ORNL has integrated continuous improvements in both operational and business processes into the fabric of its culture through system-wide best practices, management commitment, and employee engagement that enhances workforce development skills, reduces costs, and cuts energy waste.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Federal Emergency Management Agency
National Emergency Training Center
This team implemented cost-effective and innovative energy and resilience projects, reducing site energy costs by 13% in FY 2017 compared to the previous year. They worked collaboratively with the Maryland State Historic Preservation Office to institute these improvements while also preserving the facilities’ historic characteristics.
Muhammad A. Bari
U.S. Army and Army Corps of Engineers
National Training center
Installation Management Command Fort Irwin, California
The team completed a new $101 million water treatment plant that reduced waste and significantly conserved water resources, reducing annual fresh water usage in FY 2017 by 19 million gallons and waste water treatment by 27.1 million gallons while also improving water quality.
Jay H. Tulley
Smith Hall Barracks
U.S. Army Garrison Presidio of Monterey, California
The team renovated an inefficient, 65,000 square-foot barracks built in the 1960’s to reduce energy and water costs, conserve resources, and improve the building’s resiliency and security. The team set aggressive energy intensity targets to achieve larger energy savings than a conventional retrofit, resulting in a 39% reduction in electricity usage, 70% reduction in gas usage, 63% reduction in total energy usage, and 66% reduction in water usage.
Rock Island Arsenal Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center
Rock Island, Illinois
This team completed a $39.2 million energy savings performance contract project to modernize the site’s energy and industrial infrastructure and improve resilience, resulting in reductions of 26% in energy consumption and 43% in water consumption, saving about $2.7 million in utility costs annually.
Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC), Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) and Naval Air Station (NAS) Whiting Field
The Navy team implemented a $7.4 million UESC in 62 buildings and 1.16 million square feet of space to yield $495,000 in annual energy cost savings. One innovative energy conservation measure connected several buildings with chilled water piping to operate the stand-alone chillers in each building as a single, optimized plant, resulting in a 50% reduction in cooling costs.
U.S. Department of Agriculture
U.S. Forest Service Region 5 (California)
Region 5 completed its the first ESPC ENABLE project, covering projects at nine sites and 63 facilities across the Los Padres and San Bernardino National Forests that save energy resources, cut costs, and improve operations. The contract is estimated to save approximately $225,000 annually in energy and associated costs and about 4,899 million Btu per year, which constitutes an 80% energy reduction across the project sites.
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina
NIH and NIEHS completed construction of the Department’s first net-zero energy facility, designed to generate enough solar photovoltaic power generation to more than offset total energy consumption on an annual basis—cutting costs, conserving energy resources, and improving the sites security and resilience. It is on pace to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum certification through the U.S. Green Building Council.
U.S. Department of the Interior
Stewart Lee Udall Main Interior Building
This team completed the implementation of a $39 million ESPC that reduced energy consumption by 41% and water consumption by 77% for significant utility cost savings. Installation of a combined cooling, heating, and power system completely eliminated the need for purchased steam; the building will now generate more than 90% of its own electricity, improving system reliability and the site’s resilience.
Carolyn C. Cole
Thomas G. Day
U.S. Postal Service
Washington D.C. Network Distribution Center
To cut waste and energy costs and improve operations, this team replaced lead acid batteries with hydrogen fuel cell technology in 92 powered industrial vehicles, resulting in an 81% decrease in battery room electricity consumption and saving $188,000 dollars annually. Labor was also reduced by 11,000 hours, saving an additional $625,000 during the pilot timeframe alone.