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Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center reduces water usage as part of the Federal Green Challenge
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is honoring the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma City for saving money, improving lives and protecting the planet by participating in the Federal Green Challenge (FGC). FAA and its employees were innovative in reducing water usage by 35% by using water-saving measures to replace water valves with higher-efficiency valves and replacing old equipment with higher-efficiency equipment. Nationally, six awards were given to organizations for their innovations in addressing climate change.
In 2013, more than 400 participating federal facilities, with about 1.6 million federal employees, reduced their environmental footprint, which in many cases also resulted in significant cost savings. Federal offices participated by selecting a minimum of two of the six target areas — waste, electronics, purchasing, energy, water or transportation. At least one of the selected target areas must be waste, electronics or purchasing.
FGC is a national effort under EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management program, which challenges federal agencies throughout the country to lead by example in reducing the federal government’s environmental impact. Federal agencies are recognized through FGC for outstanding efforts that go beyond regulatory compliance and strive for annual improvements in selected areas.
These combined efforts resulted in an estimated cost savings of more than $42 million to U.S. taxpayers.