"The award is a great recognition to our crew," said Ensign Matthew Korte, Kearsarge's energy and water consumption representative. "It's proof that our operators know what they're doing and care about our environment."
The program is an annual recognition, designed to promote and reward excellence in the areas of energy efficiency, energy management, new technology, renewable energy, energy training innovation, and energy awareness.
"Kearsarge maintained excellent records of fuel and water use and ensured that none was wasted by procedural violations or improper plant operation," said Korte. "We also drove the ship conservatively, operating at our most efficient bell for the circumstance."
The awards are presented to those commands that have made notable progress toward the DON goals to reduce energy and water consumption, increase use of renewable energy sources, and construct sustainable facilities. The program evaluates and classifies the overall energy and water management performance of each installation. Awardees are categorized according to SECNAV winners, platinum, gold and blue level achievement.
Other winners of the Platinum level achievement are:
NCBC GULFPORT MS
NAVAL STATION EVERETT WA
NAVMAG INDIAN ISLAND WA
NSY BOS PORTSMOUTH NH
JEB LITTLE CREEK FORT STORY VA
NAVAL BASE KITSAP WA
NAVAL UNDERSEA WARFARE CENTER DIVISION, KEYPORT
MCB CAMP PENDLETON CA
MCAS MIRAMAR CA
USS BENFOLD (DDG 65)
USS SENTRY (MCM 3)
USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42)
USNS ALAN SHEPARD
As part of the energy efficient initiative, President Obama has proclaimed October to be Energy Action Month. For the Navy and Marine Corps, Energy Action Month is an opportunity to reinforce how critical energy is to mission accomplishment and to encourage Sailors and Marines to look for ways to optimize their energy use to boost warfighting capabilities.
To see a full list of awardees, visit http://www.denix.osd.mil.
For more news on U.S. Department of the Navy Energy, visit http://greenfleet.dodlive.mil.
For more news from USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), visit http://www.navy.mil/local/lhd3/.