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.

BOC congratulates graduates Charles Howell and Jeff S. Allen from Camp Pendleton for their project award that save an estimated $2.2 million annually. Charles and Jeff, along with project members 
Dean Lewis, Douglas Macurda, and Eley DeCuba were recognized for their efforts:

“In FY 2014, the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton energy team coordinated efforts to complete 19 energy and water conservation projects with a total value of $26 million, impacting more than 1,000 buildings representing 50% of base facilities. The projects save an estimated 102.4 billion Btu and $2.2 million annually. Energy projects included retrofits of light-emitting diode exterior wall packs and interior fixtures, boiler upgrades, installation of efficient small HVAC units, retro-commissioning of 200 facilities, and water meter and natural gas meter installations. Use of spectrally selective window film helped resolve comfort issues in older buildings without central cooling systems. The base also continued expansion of electric vehicle charging stations, with 34 stations currently in place. A comprehensive water conservation project to install 26,000 low-flow plumbing fixtures in 249 buildings will save an estimated 132.8 million gallons of water per year. In addition, five photovoltaic systems at 185 kilowatts were added to the bases’ total capacity in in FY 2014, helping the base produce a total 14.4 gigawatt-hours and avoid electricity costs of $1.4 million.”

We also extend congratulations to long time BOC supporter Michael Okoro, with the General Services Administration in Auburn, Washington was recognized with an Exceptional Career Award.

“Michael Okoro joined the General Services Administration (GSA) in 1991 as an electrician, and is now the Chief of the Environmental and Energy Branch of GSA Region 10. Throughout his career, Mr. Okoro envisioned, developed, and enacted the Region’s exemplary energy and sustainability programs that pay for themselves in savings, and he continues to be the managerial driving force that directs and shapes their functioning. He motivates field and building personnel by providing education, funding, and technical oversight for the implementation of strategic resource conservation plans and associated projects. Mr. Okoro insists that construction and operations contracts contain enforceable performance goals, he remains an early adopter of innovative and cutting-edge programs, he formed green teams to change tenant behaviors, and he advances integrated building management across a large, multi-disciplined organization. His actions have led to significant resource savings and sustainability accomplishments across Region 10. Specifically, from FY 2009 to FY 2014, the Region reduced its energy and water use per gross square foot by 25% and by 30% respectively.”

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