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Highlights of the March 2014 Issue


2014 FEDERAL FACILITIES ALMANAC

 

The comprehensive Government Recreation & Fitness March 2014 Federal Facilities Almanac lists the wide variety of MWR locations available, base by base, in the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. It also spotlights the key personnel in charge of the overall operation of these programs. Click here for tables summarizing the numbers of recreation and fitness facilities, by type, in CONUS and OCONUS.

 

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GOING GREEN/SUSTAINABILITY:
DoD, Federal Facilities Set the Bar High

 

The new fitness center at MCAS Beaufort, S.C., achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold standard for use of sustainable design and construction practices.
The entire federal government, especially the Department of Defense (DoD), is embracing sustainable practices in an effort to decrease energy use, as well as increase water conservation efforts. The Obama Administration has also challenged federal agencies and the military to try to meet certain energy-reduction goals in the coming years.

In the military, the Army is leading the charge with its Net Zero Installation Strategy, which aims to create “Net Zero” installations worldwide by fiscal 2030. By focusing on five main areas of sustainability — reduction; re-purpose; recycling and composting; energy recovery; and disposal — net zero installations will consume only as much energy or water as they produce and eliminate solid waste to landfills.

Efforts are also underway outside DoD to reduce overall energy usage, because the federal government “is the largest energy user in the country,” according to Tim Unruh, program director, Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), U.S. Department of Energy. “And we use 1.6 quadrillion British thermal units (BTUs), or QUADs, which is about 1.7 percent of the country’s energy use. The total cost that we spend on energy is about $2 billion in a year. It only represents about 1.7 percent of total federal expenditures for the year, but what we find is that the energy is unique in that the systems it runs affect the comfort and usability of many of the things we do in the federal government.” ...

In the area of water conservation, Unruh explained that the goal is to see if there is a way to reuse water in facilities. ...

“We are working with the Army and their Net Zero initiative,” said Unruh. “We perform renewable energy studies at several of the Net Zero locations to help determine if renewable energy can help supply their sustainable approach. We’ve worked with the Army as they developed their Net Zero approach, and we are working with the Army as they deliver that and figure out how to implement those applications.”...

 

 

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