Sustainability in Action
Great Lakes Region GSA is proud of its efforts to reduce usage of energy and water, increase use of green processes and products, and increase recycling.
Refer back to this page often for our latest stories and dashboard statistics tracking our efforts to become more sustainable.
Five Great Lakes Buildings Nominated for FEMP Awards
The GSA Great Lakes Region submitted five buildings to the 2013 Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) awards, which "honor individuals and organizations making significant contributions to energy and water efficiency within the Federal Government." Each nominated building significantly reduced energy and water consumption as shown in the following project summaries (percentage reduction compares fiscal year 2012 to fiscal year 2011):
Federal Archives and Records Center, Chicago, IL
- 26% energy reduction; 24% water reduction
- Energy projects included installing new BAS and control sequences, new air-handling units, and advanced meters, and de-lamping overly lit areas.
- Water projects included installing an underground rainwater harvesting tank and irrigation controls.
Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse, Urbana, IL
- 31% energy reduction
- Energy projects included replacing all remaining incandescent lamps with CFLs or LEDs and remaining T-12 lamps with advanced T-8s, as well as installing energy-efficient motors and pumps, variable frequency drives to air-handling units and heating pumps, a new BAS system and updated sequences, and advanced meters.
Jones Courthouse, Youngstown, OH
- 43% energy reduction; 8% water reduction
- Energy projects included repairing/replacing steam traps, replacing outdoor lights with LEDs, updating control sequences, and installing advanced meters.
- Water reduction was attributed to reduced steam usage and use of domestic water to cool steam condensate.
Kinneary Courthouse, Columbus, OH
- 25% energy reduction; 35% water reduction
- Energy projects included installing a “parallel” boiler system, lighting control occupancy sensors in many areas, demand control ventilation, window upgrades, and advanced energy and water meters.
- Water projects included rainwater collection and plumbing upgrades.
Metzenbaum Courthouse, Cleveland, OH
- 33% energy reduction
- Energy projects included replacing the lamps in decorative lighting fixtures with CFLs, de-lamping hallways by as much as 50%, reducing air handler run times, shutting down the humidification system, adding occupancy sensors to courtrooms, calibrating CO2 sensors and optimizing settings, eliminating heating/cooling in atrium, and installing advanced meters.
R5 SUSTAINABILITY STATISTICS for FY 2013
- Reused, recycled, or donated more than 2,300 tons of materials (mostly paper and cardboard).
- Recycled approximately 40 tons of universal waste through April.
- Composted a total of 41 tons of landscape, food, and/or paper towel waste at 11 facilities in the region.
- Raised diversion rate from 55% to 57% between FY 2011 and FY 2012.