GreenGov Awards Honor Sustainability Efforts

NASA, the Grand Canyon Green Team and Naval Base San Diego are just a few of the recently announced 2011 GreenGov Presidential Award winners. The awards celebrate extraordinary achievement in the pursuit of President Obama’s Executive Order on Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy and Economic Performance.

President Obama challenged the government in 2009 to become greener and more energy efficient by asking agencies to reduce waste, water and energy use. The recent awards honor federal civilian and military personnel, agency teams, agency projects and facilities, and agency programs that took on the challenge and made changes.

NASA Sustainability Base

image via NASA

Award recipients were spread across six categories including: the Sustainability Hero award, the Green Innovation award, the Lean, Clean, Green award, the Good Neighbor award, the Green Dream Team and the Building the Future award. NASA was awarded the Lean, Clean and Green Award, for constantly reducing energy and water use at its facilities. NASA has also expanded its portfolio of LEED certified facilities in the last several years.

The Good Neighbor Award was given to the Grand Canyon Green Team for helping coordinate the safe removal of hazardous waste and electronics from rural communities. The effort helped divert 56 tons of waste from local  landfills, including 214 large appliances, 34,617 pounds of electronics, and 600 tires. Naval Base San Diego was awarded the Building the Future Award. The based installed solar electric systems other energy-efficiency measures that helped cut $834,000 in energy costs each year.

For the full list of award winners, visit the White House Blog.

Kristy Hessman is a writer and native Oregonian who currently resides in California. Before starting her own company, she worked as a reporter covering business and politics for daily newspapers and The Associated Press.