Chet Holifield Green Team wins FEB award for partnership
By Amy Pevzner
On May 21, 2013, the Chet Holifield Green Team received the Greater Los Angeles Federal Executive Board’s (FEB) Public Service Partnership Award. This award recognized the team members’ true spirit of partnership and their outstanding efforts in promoting sustainability.
The FEB Public Service Partnership Award recognizes teams that work across organizational lines to achieve all mission goals, have the ability to increase relationships while partnering, demonstrate skill in negotiation and consensus building, motivate others jointly, work together toward a common goal, and have achieved significant and measurable mission-based accomplishments.
Among the numerous accomplishments submitted in their nomination, the Green Team highlighted their efforts to promote the Federal Green Challenge among all staff. They hosted a Federal Green Challenge kickoff event to establish joint sustainability goals for paper consumption, energy use and recycling. They distributed monthly status bulletins to keep the tenant employees informed of the building’s progress. The team also designed and implemented a Green Program Collaboration Site that housed announcements, agency conservation policies, best practices, green contacts, conservation tips, and a page that tracked employee usage of alternative fuel vehicles usage.
Since the Green Team’s inception, the Chet Holifield Federal Building has experienced these reductions: 25 percent in paper consumption, 12 percent in electricity consumption, 2.5 percent in gas usage, and 7.4 percent in water usage. Its recycling program also realized a 21 percent increase. These are all great accomplishments that can be attributed to the efforts of the team.
Caroline Cabading and Traci Madison contributed to this report.