Energy Outreach Program
The Region Celebrates Earth Day
The Northeast and Caribbean Region celebrated Earth Day 2015 with environmental events across the region on April 21 and 22. The federal buildings that participated were the Jacob K. Javits Federal Building in Manhattan, NY; Leo W. O'Brien Federal Building in Albany, NY; James T. Foley Courthouse in Albany, NY; Alfonse M. D’Amato U.S. Courthouse in Central Islip, NY; Federal Building at 201 Varick Street New York, NY; and James M. Hanley Federal Building and US Courthouse in Syracuse, NY.
The lobby environmental fair at the Javits Federal Office Building featured displays and information from a number of GSA contractors on their environmentally sustainable goods and services for the building’s federal community. Special features included showcasing artwork created by building's child care center, e-waste information, and senior PBS management and the regional administrator planting seedlings with the children from the building’s child care center. A demand response award ceremony was also held that again included PBS senior management and the regional administrator. Moreover, a display of hybrid vehicles was presented by FAS fleet management and lobby exhibits were on display from more than 15 private, public sectors, and academic organizations about energy and water conservation, sustainability, recycling (e-waste), renewable energy, green products, and more environmentally sound products and practices. Over 600 tenants and visitors participated in the myriad of activities!
Albany’s Leo W. O'Brien Federal Building held an e-waste and metal recycling event; showcased GSA sustainability posters & building energy achievements; held contests for paper recycling, battery recycling and environmental stewardship essay; lunchtime presentation on NYSERDA rebates from the Affordable Housing Partnership (AHP) Homeownership Center; Green Fair with participants from the local area including an electric Smart Car, Waste Management, GE lighting rep from Graybar, Field Goods, Solar City, and Club Fed recycled art projects (daycare); and the cafeteria hosted local artisans selling sustainable crafts.
Electronic waste and other recycling events (electronic, battery and/or paper) took place at James T. Foley Courthouse in Albany, NY, Alfonse M. D’Amato U.S. Courthouse in Central Islip, NY, James M. Hanley Federal Building and US Courthouse in Syracuse, NY, and Federal Building at 201 Varick Street New York, NY with a mini fair.
On April 22,2015 Kevin Hamilton, CEO of NuEnergen LLC of White Plains, NY, GSA’s energy curtailment services partner, presented Region 2 with a symbolic check in the amount of $1,174,736 representing the total in demand response rebates the region has received since entering into a local load shedding program. Read more about this this accomplishment.
Under the National Deep energy Retrofit Program (using the Dept. of Energy's Super Energy Savings Performance Contract), the Almeric Christian U.S. Courthouse in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, is becoming a net zero energy facility. In addition, the Ron deLugo Federal Building in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands and the Jose Toledo U.S. Courthouse in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico will decrease their energy consumption by 20% as a result of energy savings equipment. Another ESPC is underway to retrofit 11 major federal facilities in the New York City area to meet a requirement to further reduce the region's energy usage by 20% and water usage by 26% by FY 2016.
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