Energy Outreach Program
The Region Celebrates Earth Day
GSA’s Northeast and Caribbean Region hosted its premier Earth Day event on April 22, 2014 at 26 Federal Plaza. Hundreds of tenants from the building were invited to visit more than 25 special exhibitors to learn about energy efficiency and sustainability. The day’s activities began with the children of the building’s child care center planting seedlings outside the building to demonstrate that plants can take root and thrive in an urban setting.
In addition, in the spirit of Earth Day, GSA and EPA co-hosted an Earth Day Book Drive at 26 Federal Plaza throughout the month of April. Thousands of federal employees assigned to 26 Federal Plaza had the opportunity to donate gently used books for all ages to local charities. Scores of books were collected and donated to several charities in the New York area.
On February 12, 2014 Kevin Hamilton, CEO of NuEnergen LLC of White Plains, NY, GSA’s energy curtailment services partner, presented Region 2 with a demand response rebate check in the amount $291,000. This demand response rebate check was the largest in the region’s history for the summer period and brings the total of rebates the region has received through this program to more than $674,000.. The check represented the participation of Manhattan, Brooklyn, New Jersey and upstate New York federal buildings in the demand response program. Presently, 19 of the region's buildings, representing nearly 8 megawatts, are enrolled in demand response programs offered by the power grid operators in New York and New Jersey. 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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