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Sustainability Progress and Awards

2022 DOT Sustainability Awards

2021 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards

Recipients: Jennifer Davis, David Hamma, Bobby Millhouse, Mitchel Otey, Danny Pham

U.S. Department of Transportation  
Federal Aviation Administration
Corpus Christi, Texas 

The Department of Transportation’s first ESPC ENABLE project at the Corpus Christi Air Traffic Control Tower (ATCT) paves the way for replication at dozens of ATAC facilities with a nearly identical design. The Federal Aviation Administration’s Air Traffic Organization (ATO) completed the project, estimated to reduce energy use by approximately 17% and water use by about 78% over the first year, with a total guaranteed savings of $1.7 million over the 21-year life of the contract. Energy and water measures consisted of lighting replacements, HVAC controls and equipment replacement, a ground-mounted and carport-mounted solar PV system, xeriscaping, and interior plumbing upgrades. The ATO is now working to incorporate performance contracting as a mechanism for financing the backlog of sustainment projects nationwide.

Recipients: Kevin Cooker, Russ Goering, Vicki Ray, Amulya Reddy, JD King

U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Aviation Administration
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 

In FY 2019, FAA’s Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center (MMAC) used an innovative application of an existing technology to achieve savings of 1,500,000 kWh of electric energy and more than $82,500 in electric utility costs. The team completed a project to install 105 harmonic filters on variable frequency drives (VFDs) serving heating and cooling equipment for energy conservation. The harmonic filters were installed on all VFDs located at the MMAC that were 20 horsepower or larger. In addition to the utility cost savings, the project was also the major contributor to the MMAC earning a $61,528 rebate from the electric utility company that was converted to renewable energy certificates that helped the MMAC to exceed its 15% renewable energy goal. Further, the project reduced system harmonics that can potentially damage sensitive electronic equipment.

To view the Department's status on its sustainability goals, please visit the Sustainability and Performance Reporting page.