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Press Release
October 12, 2000
National Archives Wins Energy Award

College Park…The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) today received the Department of Energy's Federal Energy and Water Management Award for energy efficiency at its facility in Lee's Summit, MO.

"We are very proud that NARA's Records Center Program has developed a state of the art facility that efficiently and cost-effectively stores and services Federal agency records" said Archivist of the United States John W. Carlin. "The fact that our Lee's Summit Records Center is a Federal Energy and Water Management Award recipient clearly shows that we are committed to not only economical, but also environmentally sensitive records center storage solutions."

The Lee's Summit Records Center, developed in conjunction with the General Services Administration, is built into the side of a hill in an abandoned limestone quarry in metropolitan Kansas City. The facility takes advantage of local geography and its construction exemplifies sustainable design principles, while its operation demonstrates energy efficiency. In FY 1999, the Lee's Summit Records Center saved more than $32,000 in energy costs, savings that are passed on to NARA's Records Center customers.

The Federal Energy and Water Management Awards are given each year by the Department of Energy. "We are very pleased to present this award to the National Archives and Records Administration," reports FEMP Director Elizabeth Shearer. "The Federal government, along with our private sector partners took on impressive challenges to reduce our energy usage and to manage our utility costs. NARA's Records Center Program exemplifies this type of creative problem solving, while at the same time offering low cost solutions to its customers."

The National Archives and Records Administration has provided comprehensive records management support and archival guidance and services to the Federal Government since 1934. With the opening of the first records center in 1950, NARA has developed its records center system into a national network of sixteen facilities, storing and providing access to 21 million boxes of records.

NARA's Records Center Program is dedicated to providing superior records storage, access, and disposition services. This integrated approach yields great benefits to customers, as NARA is an active participant in the life cycle of Federal records from their creation through their disposition. The program is administered by a professional staff that is familiar with Federal agencies, Federal records, and Federal records management needs.

For additional PRESS information, please contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at (301) 837-1700 or by e-mail.

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