October 30, 2008
National Archives Honored by White House for Saving Energy
Receives 2008 Presidential Award for Leadership in Federal Energy Management
Washington DC…The National Archives has received the 2008 Presidential Award for Leadership in Federal Energy Management for its support, leadership, and efforts in promoting and improving energy use in National Archives facilities and operations nationwide. The National Archives was one of only four government agencies to receive this award. The other recipients were the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Marine Corps, and the General Services Administration.
The National Archives developed an agency-wide energy management plan that formalized policy, procedures, and responsibilities for energy management. For example, the National Archives at College Park has used an energy savings performance contract to upgrade lighting and the mechanical and energy management control systems. Last year the Clinton Presidential Library was designated one of the most energy efficient and environmentally friendly places to work in the United States by the U.S. Green Buildings Council under its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED-EB) Green Building program. The Clinton Library was the first existing federal building to attain the “platinum” award status.
In the last two fiscal years, the National Archives invested more than $7.5 million in energy efficiency projects. As a result, the agency reduced energy intensity by more than 6 percent from FY 2006 and almost 19 percent from the 2003 baseline, representing combined savings of 114 billion Btu and more than $2 million in energy costs altogether.
“I am delighted that the President has recognized the ongoing work by the National Archives to save energy and reduce the agency’s carbon footprint” said Archivist Allen Weinstein. “Energy efficiency is a priority for this agency, and we will continue to work to reduce energy use at our facilities nationwide,” he added.
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