Protection of the nation’s environment and natural resources has long been a Coast Guard mission, and this environmental consciousness is obvious in much of what the Service does. Servicemembers are not only developing and enforcing regulations to ensure a sustainable ocean environment, but they are also proactively devising creative solutions to reduce the Coast Guard’s ecological footprint, conserve energy and save money.
Throughout the month of April, the Compass will highlight initiatives that are furthering the reach of our environmental stewardship mission beyond America’s waterways and coastlines.
The following post comes to us from the Coast Guard Energy Program, which is working to improve energy efficiency and minimize energy costs in all areas of operations and support.
Written by Daniel Gore, Energy Program Manager
As one of the five core missions of the Coast Guard, commitment to environmental stewardship embodies an ethos by which the agency operates. The Coast Guard Energy Management Program is working aggressively to support the Coast Guard mission with decreased impact to the environment.
Sparked by a formal energy strategy in May 2010, a framework for Coast Guard Energy Management Program initiatives was established in energy efficiency, reliability, and accountability. In October 2010, the Coast Guard developed an Operational Sustainability Performance Plan (OSPP) that incorporated a sustainability statement signed by the commandant. The document prioritizes Coast Guard actions, including multi-disciplinary engagement, for meeting the requirements of Executive Order (EO) 13514, Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance . EO 13514 establishes ten goals for sustainability practices in federal agencies including the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, design of sustainable buildings, water use efficiencies, sustainable acquisitions and electronic stewardship.
A Sustainability, Energy, and Environmental Readiness Council (SEER) was chartered to enhance collaboration among key stakeholders defined by the document. The Energy Management Program is guiding SEER activities leading toward enterprise sustainability. The Coast Guard is required to prepare over 70 reporting documents on Coast Guard progress toward sustainability, energy and environmental initiatives.
The effects of these collaborative initiatives, including the coalescing of grassroots unit-level efforts with top-down programmatic initiatives, are evident. In fiscal year 2010 (FY10), the Coast Guard:
• Reduced shore energy use by 18.7 percent relative to a 2003 baseline,
• Reduced water use intensity by 17 percent relative to a 2007 baseline,
• Generated 9.5 percent of its electricity from renewable sources,
• Designed 100 percent of new buildings, since 2007, to be 30 percent more energy efficient than relevant code, and
• Achieved its FY10 advanced metering goals, with projections of full adherence to meeting requirements by the FY12 deadline.
The Coast Guard has recently completed a GHG Inventory for both the FY08 baseline year and FY10. From FY08 to FY10, the Coast Guard achieved a net reduction of 11.1 percent for Scope 1 and 2 emissions, and 26.5 percent for Scope 3 emissions, on pace to meet its FY20 reduction goals.
• In December 2010, the Coast Guard awarded a contract by means of a landmark execution strategy to install photovoltaic (PV) and “cool roof” technology at several Coast Guard locations throughout Puerto Rico.
• The Coast Guard is investigating the efficacy of wind power throughout remote locations in Alaska and fostering community involvement through the Wind for Schools Program and Coast Guard Partnership in Education.
• The largest ground-mounted PV array in the Coast Guard, located at Training Center Petaluma, is celebrating its first anniversary today of providing clean energy.
• The Coast Guard Energy Program is currently auditing electrical loads of 270-foot cutters while in port to identify energy reduction measures. Future plans include energy audits for 225-foot and 110-foot cutters to review loads while in port and identify energy reduction practices while underway.
• Construction is nearing completion for projects throughout Sector New York including Fort Wadsworth, Station New York, and Station Sandy Hook. Energy and water conservation measures will be accomplished including retrofit of lighting and HVAC ground-source heat pumps in Sandy Hook housing, controls, and water fixtures.
Numerous other conservation projects are also under development by the Energy Management Program – some of which will be featured here on the Coast Guard Compass throughout the month of April. Stay tuned for more.