United States
                Environmental Protection
                Agency
Office of Administration and Resources Management's Newsletter on Energy Conservation
                                  and Sustainable Facilities
                                                                            April 2007
    EPA Recognizes 2006
    Sustainability Leaders
 Btu Buster Award
 • Rick Dreisch
 • Rodney Booth
 Energy Partner of the
 Year-Field
 • Steve Dorer
 Green Thumb Award
 • Mid-Continent Ecology
  Division Laboratory
 H2Overachiever Award
 •Linda Donahue
 • Robert Manos
 • Stephanie Bailey
 • Bob Beane
 Leading Edge Award
 • Russell Ahlgren
 • Mark Tagliabue
 • Chet McLaughlin
 • Region 7 Emergency Response
  Facility Relocation Team
 Lifetime Achievement Award
 • Gail Miller Wray
 P2 Partners of the Year
 • Ruth Schenk
 • Dorothy Branham
 Reporter of the Year
 •Fred Childers
 Reporter of the Year-Honorable
 Mention
 • Art Zimmerman
 Senior Management Advocates
 for Sustainability
 • Chris Grundler
 •Martha Cuppy
 Sustainable Partner of the Year
 • Cathy Berlow
 For more details about EPA's
 2006  Sustainability award win-
 ners,  please visit 
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                                  ENERGIZING EPA April 2007 |  page 2
Energy Intensity  Drops  5  Percent at EPA  Laboratories
      Thanks to concerted efforts to im-
      prove building efficiency and
      conserve energy in fiscal year
(FY) 2006, EPA reduced its energy inten-
sity by 5 percent compared to FY 2005.
The achievement is an important first
step as the Agency prepares to meet
new, aggressive federal energy efficiency
requirements.
   EPA is required by law to report en-
ergy use at 30 of its laboratories to the
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and
the Office of Management and Budget.
In FY 2006, the overall energy intensity
(a measure of total energy use in  Btu
per gross square feet [GSF]) of EPA's re-
porting laboratories was 340,112
Btu/GSF—5 percent below FY 2005.
   This reduction alone was nearly
enough to meet EPA's energy efficiency
goal under the Energy Policy Act  of
2005 (EPAct 2005), which requires all
federal facilities to reduce energy inten-
sity by 2 percent annually compared to
an FY 2003 baseline (see Figure 1). In FY
2006, DOE allowed agencies to deduct
green power purchases from overall en-
ergy use, so with EPA's extensive green
power purchases netted out, the
Agency actually reduced energy inten-
sity in FY 2006 by more than 40 percent
compared to its FY 2003 baseline.
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2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
2012 2013 2014 2015
   Nearly two-thirds of EPA's laborato-
ries reduced energy use in FY 2006,
making this accomplishment possible.
   Significant savings at some of the
Agency's largest laboratories led the
way, including continued progress at
the Research Triangle Park (RTP) cam-
pus in North Carolina, where the largest
absolute energy savings occurred. EPA's
RTP facilities comprise about half of the
Agency's overall annual energy use and
approximately 60 percent of the
Agency's total energy reduction in FY
2006. Extensive re-commissioning ef-
forts, improved operations and mainte-
nance (O&M), and mechanical upgrades
contributed to a combined reduction of
more than 34 billion Btu at the RTP lab-
oratories, with additional savings ex-
pected in FY 2007.
   Another big saver, EPA's National
Vehicle Fuel and Emissions Laboratory
in Ann Arbor, Michigan, reduced annu-
al energy use by 24 percent compared
to FY 2005 by working closely with the
onsite contractor to optimize building
                continued on page 3
     New  Executive Order  Strengthens Federal  Sustainability Mandate
   On January 24, 2007, President
  George W. Bush signed Executive
  Order (E.O.) 13423: "Strengthening Fed-
  eral Environmental, Energy, and Trans-
  portation Management," which
  mandates new sustainability goals for
  the federal government that match or
  exceed previous statutory and execu-
  tive order requirements.
   These requirements include:
  • Energy Efficiency: Reduce energy
   intensity by 30 percent by 2015. This
   goal seeks to achieve in 10 years the
  same level of improvement that fed-
  eral agencies achieved in the last 20
  years, and is 50 percent more strin-
  gent than the goal in EPAct 2005.
• Renewable Power: At least 50 per-
  cent of current renewable energy
  purchases must come from new re-
  newable sources. While EPAct 2005
  set a renewable energy goal, this
  executive order establishes the first
  requirement for a percentage of re-
  newable energy to come from new
  sources.
Water Consumption: Reduce water
consumption intensity by 2 percent
annually through 2015. This is the
first executive order to include
mandatory water conservation.
E.O. 13423 consolidates and
strengthens five previous executive
orders (13101,13123,13134,13148,
and 13149) and includes implemen-
tation of two memoranda of under-
standing, one on high-performance
facilities and the other on electronics
stewardship.

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                           ENERGIZING EPA April 2007  | page  3
Gail Miller Wray  Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
      fter 10 years with EPA, one of the
      Agency's most dedicated em-
      ployees, Gail Miller Wray, is retir-
ing. For all of her efforts and successes in
advancing recycling and pollution pre-
vention across the Agency and the fed-
eral government, Gail was recently
awarded a special Lifetime Achievement
Award, presented by EPA's Sustainable
Facilities Practices Branch (SFPB).
   Gail first joined EPA in 1989 as the
Agency's recycling coordinator. In 1991,
President George Bush signed Executive
Order 12780, "Federal Agency Recycling
and the Council on Federal Recycling and
Procurement Policy" Under this order, Gail
was appointed head of the council as
the federal recycling coordinator, the
first federal-wide environmental execu-
tive position. During this time, Gail
forged new programs and partnerships
among agencies across the federal gov-
ernment and helped to organize the first
federal agency recycling conference.
Energy Intensity
continued from page 2

performance after a series of extensive
upgrades financed by an energy sav-
ings performance contract. Many other
facilities, including EPA's Environmental
Science Center in Fort Meade, Mary-
land, achieved significant energy sav-
ings through proactive facility
management and an increased focus
on O&M practices.
   Progress made in FY 2006 is valuable
as the Agency prepares to meet new re-
quirements outlined in Executive Order
13423 (see box on page 2), issued in
January 2007. Continued efforts to en-
hance O&M and upgrade facilities with
energy-efficient building systems will be
critical as EPA works to meet these new
energy efficiency goals.
   "Gail helped turn the spot-
light on both recycling collec-
tion and buy-recycled
programs, launching a decade
of awareness and action," said
Terry Grist of EPA's Office of
Solid Waste.
   After some time outside the
federal government, Gail re-
turned to EPA in 2001 to work
for the Office of Solid Waste; in
2004, she joined SFPB as the
headquarters recycling coordi-
nator and reinvigorated the
Agency's national pollution
prevention effort. Supported by the Of-
fice of Solid Waste and Emergency Re-
sponse, Gail worked diligently to create
a standardized recycling campaign
across all EPA facilities. Among other ac-
complishments, she implemented a
comprehensive recycling assessment
program for all the Agency's facilities
and a wide-reaching communications
strategy made familiar to EPA employees
through the recycling mascot "Slim Bin."
   During her time at EPA, Gail convert-
ed to being a hybrid car owner, piloted
vermicomposting (worm composting)
at EPA Headquarters, and organized
EPA's single-largest collection of tech-
notrash to date—helping the Office of
Solid Waste's Green Team recycle 700
Gail Miller Wray wraps up a decade at EPA with a smile.
        pounds of CDs, diskettes, and other of-
        fice supplies during its recent move
        from Crystal City to the Potomac Yard
        area of Arlington, Virginia. Gail helped
        the Agency "walk the talk" and worked
        with some very committed employees
        along the way.
           Through her work at EPA and
        throughout her career, Gail has helped to
        stimulate the environmental movement
        we see today. When asked about the fu-
        ture, Gail replied, "I hope that EPA will
        continue to live its message by support-
        ing the implementers." Through the out-
        standing EPA employees truly taking
        strides to help the Agency protect the en-
        vironment through its own actions, the
        legacy of Gail Miller Wray will continue.
Green Design at Denver Headquarters
continued from page 1

gency power to its Emergency Response
Center, in case of an area-wide power
failure. Water-saving plumbing fixtures
include low-flow faucet devices, water-
less urinals in men's restrooms, and dual-
flush toilets in all of the restrooms, which
will cut the facility's water use by nearly
40 percent.
   During construction, the builders
used low volatile organic compound in-
terior adhesives, paints, caulks, and
         sealants to improve indoor air quality
         for building occupants. EPA also used
         sustainable and renewable building
         materials and recycled 80 percent of its
         construction waste.
            For more information, visit EPA's
         Region 8 Office Web page at
          or contact Cathy
         Berlow at  or
         (202) 564-3739.

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                                   ENERGIZING EPA  April 2007  | page  4
Ten  Things  You  Can Do to  Celebrate Earth Day
      arth Day was first celebrated on
      April 22, 1970, by 20 million
      people across America. Now it is
celebrated annually by more than 500
million people in 180 different coun-
tries as they take actions, big and small,
to protect the environment.
   While it goes without saying that EPA
employees work to protect the environ-
ment when at the office, maybe it's time
to bring your work home. Inspired by
the environmental management sys-
tems (EMS) at various EPA facilities, here
are 10 things you can do at home, on
Earth Day, and every day to continue to
help protect the environment.
1. Leave Your Car at Home. Carpool,
   walk, bike, or take  mass transit. Trav-
   eling 20 miles a week by alternative
   transport reduces the average
   American's car use by 10 percent, re-
   ducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emis-
   sions by more than 1,000 pounds
   per year.
2. Turn It Off. Turn off your TV and un-
   plug cell phone chargers and mi-
   crowaves when they are not in use.
   Energy consumed  by electrical ap-
   pliances on standby (sometimes
   called "energy vampires") has been
   estimated to, on average, account
   for 9 percent of total annual electric-
   ity use in American homes, costing
   nearly $100 for each home per year.
3. Eat Fresh and Local. Fresh food re-
   quires 10 times less energy to pro-
   duce than frozen. Likewise, buying
   locally produced items will help
   avoid the 1,200 miles, on average,
   that food travels from the farm to
   the plate, as well as the associated
   air emissions.
4. Use Less Hot Water. Using a more
   efficient showerhead allows one
   person to avoid emitting about 350
   pounds of CO2 each year. Washing
   clothes in warm or cold  water, in-
   stead of hot, can help avoid anoth-
   er 500 pounds of CO2 emissions
   annually.
5.  Screw in a Compact Fluorescent. Re-
   placing one standard incandescent
   bulb with a compact fluorescent
   light bulb prevents the emission of
   approximately 1,250 pounds of CO2
   and saves $25 over the lifetime of
   that bulb.
6.  Recycle. Compared to products
   made from virgin materials, those
   made from recycled materials re-
   quire much less energy to produce.
   For example, recycling one alu-
   minum can saves enough energy to
   power a 100-watt incandescent bulb
   for 20 hours or a compact fluores-
   cent light bulb of equivalent bright-
   ness for up to 100 hours.
7.  Fix Those Leaks. On average, plumb-
   ing leaks in the home can account
   for 11,000 gallons of water wasted
   each year, which is enough to fill a
   backyard swimming  pool.
8.  Shop Sustainably. Look for products
   labeled by ENERGY STAR8, Wa-
   terSenseSM, the Sustainable Forestry
   Initiative, and USDA's Organic Pro-
   gram. Also try to make sustainable
   seafood choices and consider test-
   driving a hybrid car. Most environ-
   mentally preferable products on the
   market actually save the user money
   over the course of the product's life-
   time.
9.  Install High-Efficiency Toilets. Re-
   placing a pre-1994 toilet with a new
   model labeled by EPA's WaterSense
   program can save about 16 percent
   of total indoor water use. For a typi-
   cal household, that would save
   more than 10,000 gallons and $60
   per year.
10. Purchase Green Power. Get it
   straight from the source or through
   renewable energy certificates to help
   reduce the amount of air pollution as-
   sociated with your energy use. Visit
   EPA's Green Power Locator at
   
   to learn more about options for elec-
   tricity generated from renewable en-
   ergy sources in your area.
   To learn more about Earth Day and
actions you can take to protect the envi-
ronment, go to .
EPA also has its own Web site dedicated
to Earth Day at .
  Events Not to  Miss!

 National Conference on Building
 Commissioning
 May 2-4, 2007
 Chicago, Illinois
 www.peci.org/ncbc/ncbc.htm

 Energy 2007
 August 5-8, 2007
 New Orleans, Louisiana
 www.govenergy.com

 World  Energy Engineering
 Congress (WEEC)
 August 15-17, 2007
 Atlanta, Georgia
 www.energycongress.com

 Labs21 2007 Annual Conference
 October 2-4, 2007
 Charleston, South Carolina
 www.labs21 century.gov/conf
        Contact Us

    For more information about
  Energizing EPA or the activities
   of EPA's Sustainable Facilities
 Practices Branch in the Facilities
    Management and Services
     Division, please contact:
           Stephen T. Fields
     E-mail: fields.stephen@epa.gov
        Phone:(202)564-2418
  Web Site: www.epa.gov/greeningepa

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