Naval Station Everett was recently awarded nine Energy Stars by the national joint Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy program for significant accomplishments in managing energy and water efficiency.
Naval Station Everett may even be the first U.S. Navy installation to fully benchmark its facilities utilizing the program's Portfolio Manager tool, which allows for individually tracking and analyzing energy and water consumption. Buildings are rated by key characteristics that include consumption, performance, and cost as they compare across similar building peer group statistics. Overall, 87% of the base's entire property footprint totaling over 1.4 million square feet is accounted for within Naval Station Everett's building portfolio. Out of 27 eligible buildings that met the program's minimum award criteria, nine were ranked high enough to receive an Energy Star "for operating as one of the top 25% most energy efficient buildings worldwide."
"We're extremely proud to be part of the prestigious Energy Star program and we continue to make environmental stewardship a priority each and every day," said Naval Station Everett Commanding Officer Capt. Michael Coury. "Energy and water conservation goes hand-in-hand with our responsibility to protect our natural resources."
The plaques arrived from the Department of Energy's office late last month and will be displayed in the base's Commissary, Navy Gateway Inn & Suites, Location Exchange, Bachelor Enlisted Quarters, Fleet Region Readiness Center and Recycling Center.
Last year, the Everett base was also recognized for its 2010 Gold Level Achievement among Navy commands, ashore and afloat, that demonstrated a very good to excellent energy and water management program. This summer, the naval station plans to unveil its second Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification for its most recently qualified Fleet Regional Readiness Center, a training facility that opened last June.
According to Ray Smalling, Naval Station Everett's Energy and Utility Program Manager, "Since Naval Station Everett is a relatively newer and more modern installation, showing drastic energy savings by improving our existing facilities poses a unique challenge."
He explained that each building was designed and constructed to incorporate easily accessible energy conservation technologies. "We are always looking for new ways to advance, but have to be even more proactive in our efforts to cut energy costs compared with older bases," he said.
The Green Roundtable initiative, involving representatives from the Navy and the local energy-focused community is part of the effort to support the Navy's growing commitment to "go green" by developing closer collaboration among the Navy and regional government, industry, and research facilities. Last February, participants gathered to share innovative ideas on energy efficiency. Smalling said a fourth Roundtable, planned for July, will focus on energy conservation. For more information on Naval Station Everett energy projects and events, contact Ray Smalling at (425) 304-3467.