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New England Federal Green Challenge Awards

Recognition is an important part of the Federal Green Challenge (FGC). Awards are given at the regional level in the categories of Leadership, Innovation, Waste, Energy and Water.

In the New England region, the 2013 award winners are the Department of Defense Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Veterans Health Administration Manchester Medical Center, United States Postal Service Connecticut Valley District, Department of Defense Hanscom Air Force Base and the Department of Defense Massachusetts (Barnes) Air National Guard 104th Fighter Wing.

New England Regional Award Winners


Department of Defense, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, ME

Since the 1990s, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard has been an environmental leader in the Region, acting as an early EPA partner on pollution prevention and mercury reduction efforts. In the past year, the Shipyard has undertaken projects that promote energy efficiency, waste diversion, LEED buildings, and established a public transportation bus route for employees, which saves 11,500 gallons of fuel per year.


Veterans Health Administration, Manchester Medical Center, Manchester, NH

The Manchester Medical Center conducted a green cleaning program that converted from a conventional “loop end” mopping practice to a microfiber cleaning method that resulted in the reduction of 350,035 gallons of water, 1,367 gallons of cleaning product, and a cost savings of $99,654. The new cleaning method captured more dirt, reduced cross contamination in patient care areas, reduced the physical burden of cleaning, and decreased mopping time by 28%.


United States Postal Service, Connecticut Valley District, Hartford, CT

The USPS Connecticut Valley District consolidated recycling stream from all of its offices into six major recycling hubs, achieving a recycling rate of 80%. This recycling rate is one of the highest rates of any postal district in the United States. The effort generated over $596,093 in recycling revenue and avoided $793,527 in landfill disposal costs in FY12.


Department of Defense, Hanscom Air Force Base, Hanscom, MA

The Hanscom Air Force Base achieved a 47% reduction in fuel oil usage (over 550,000 gallons) by implementing a number of efficiency projects. A dual fueled Central Heat Plant shifted some of the fuel usage from oil to cleaner burning natural gas. Energy efficiency was also enhanced with the better installation on boiler steam and condensate lines and the use of a new boiler that reuses waste heat.


Department of Defense, Massachusetts (Barnes) Air National Guard, 104th Fighter Wing, Westfield, MA

The Massachusetts (Barnes) Air National Guard, 104th Fighter Wing achieved a 40% reduction in water consumption. The water conservation project used methods such as motion sensor sink faucets in three newly constructed and remodeled buildings. Most significantly, the installation of rain sensors and efficient sprinkler heads reduced the water used to irrigate lawns by almost half.

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