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CES recognized for energy efforts

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Acknowledged for leading the way in energy reduction, the 30th Civil Engineer Squadron, received the Reducing Energy Awareness Program award in during the GovEnergy Conference in Dallas, Texas, Aug. 19.

The award, which recognizes the outstanding efforts in reducing Air Force facility energy consumption, was declared by the Air Force Civil Engineer Support Agency.

"Being honored with this award recognizes and reflects our accomplishments as a base," said Brad King, 30th CES energy manager. "The whole base has worked together to become more conscientious of energy use."

The recognition is awarded to the base with the most significant energy reduction when compared to the energy use in 2003. Vandenberg has had a 19 percent energy density reduction as compared to the 2003 baseline amount, and is on track to hit the 2015 goal of 30 percent, said Mr. King.

Members of the AFCESA office collect all energy data from each base in the Air Force and recognize the best base for three specific categories: Active Duty Continental U.S., Active Duty Outside the Continental U.S, and Guard and Reserve components.

"Although this award is given based strictly on the numbers and wasn't something we competed for, it opens doors for us to be more competitive for awards such as the Civil Engineer Installation of Excellence," said Mr. King.

In addition to base populace's awareness of energy reduction, the 30th CES has been involved in numerous projects to reduce energy use. More than 11,000 light fixtures around the base were replaced with more modern and efficient fixtures. Motion sensor lighting was also installed into some facilities.

The completed projects have significantly reduced the energy usage of the base, but a lot of thanks goes to the facility managers and tenant units here, said Mr. King.

"I have had an abundance of building facility managers approach me with projects that could reduce the energy use specifically in their building," he added. "The tenant units have also gotten involved and are trying to reduce their usage."

With the 2015 goal of 30 percent reduction rapidly approaching, maintaining these standards is a must, said Mr. King.

"Everyone has done a great job so far, but there's still work to be done," he added. "We have to keep working together to find ways to reduce our impact and remain conscientious of our use."