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Sustainability Spotlight: Follow the Green Leaders

Oct 28, 2010

Eight winners were selected from more than 300 nominations for a White House Council on Environmental Quality GreenGov Presidential Award.  The winning entries represent seven Federal agencies that are leading by example in their innovative use of environmentally responsible products and technologies in response to President Obama's Executive Order on Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy and Economic Performance (Executive Order 13514). 

Some of the awards winning projects have created a model or system that can be followed at other facilities, both federal and private. Among them are:

Good Neighbor Award: Nutrition and Food Services Team, Department of Veterans Affairs: Martinsburg Medical Center's Nutrition and Food Services "Green Kitchen" brought together local farmers, Federal VA staff and veterans to bring healthy, locally grown foods from veteran-owned farming businesses to the VA cafeteria.  This initiative has decreased landfill food waste by 86 percent, contributed 265 pounds of weekly food donations to a non-profit veteran's transitional housing group, and increased collection of food waste for composting. 

Building the Future Award: Fort Belvoir Residential Communities Team, Department of Defense: The Army and Fort Belvoir Residential Communities LLC formed a 50-year public-private partnership to develop, rehabilitate and construct 2,106 homes on 576 acres at Fort Belvoir in Fairfax County, Virginia. The project includes a mixed-use Town Center that features solar panels, a salvaged playground, and a stormwater management system that captures and treats 90% of annual runoff from rainfall.  The Town Center has become a model for how other military installations can incorporate residential and retail space in an integrated building, reducing the development footprint and encouraging walking as an alternative to driving.

Green Innovation Award: Sandia National Laboratory:  Sandia's Global Electric Motorcars team developed a solar-powered vehicle to promote an energy-efficient campus.  Three hundred and fifty solar-powered Global Electric Motorcars carts are now used as primary means of campus transportation, avoiding a projected 184,800 pounds of carbon dioxide and 700 pounds of sulfur dioxide annually.

Green Innovation Award: Barbara C. Lippiatt, National Institute of Standards and Technology, developed the Building for Environmental and Economic Sustainability (BEES) Program.  This software tool measures the environmental performance of building materials and bio-based products using a life-cycle assessment from manufacturing through product use, maintenance, and disposal. Her vision has resulted in a practical tool for sustainability performance measurement that is unbiased, science-based, quantitative, transparent, and comprehensive.

To read the full list of winning projects, click here.