DETROIT – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, announces it’s one of the President’s 2015 GreenGov Awardees.
The GreenGov Presidential Awards celebrate extraordinary achievement in the pursuit of President Obama's Federal Sustainability goals. They honor federal civilian and military personnel, agency teams, agency projects, facilities and programs that exemplify President Obama's charge to lead by example.
The White House announced eight awards in seven different categories to individuals and teams. These honorees exemplify the federal workforce’s commitment to meeting the President’s directive to create a clean energy economy that will increase our Nation’s prosperity, promote energy security, protect the interests of taxpayers, combat climate change and safeguard the health of our environment, according to the White House.
The Detroit District was awarded the President’s Lean, Clean, and Green Award for its Flex Fuel Program that decreased gasoline use in flex fuel vehicles 20 percent by getting drivers to choose E85—an alternative ethanol blend fuel—when filling up at the pump. The district went from using just 2 percent alternative fuel in its flex fuel vehicles to 71 percent in eight months. District leadership is supplying data and continuous updates to the General Services Administration, GSA, so that all federal agencies using the GSA fleet know where to go to find alternative fuel.
"We are honored to receive the 2015 GreenGov Presidential Lean, Clean, and Green Award. Our team has gone above and beyond to make sure they seek out fueling stations that offer E-85. We look forward to continuing our flex fuel initiative in the future and doing our part in providing a cleaner and safer environment," said Lt. Col. Michael Sellers, district engineer.
According to the White House, with more than 360,000 buildings, 650,000 fleet vehicles and $460 billion in annual purchasing power, the federal government has an obligation to lead by example when it comes to its environmental, energy, and economic performance. So, the President directed federal agencies to reduce their greenhouse gas pollution, meet a number of energy, water, and waste reduction targets and leverage federal purchasing power to promote environmentally responsible products and technologies.
To find out more about the GreenGov program visit: https://www.whitehouse.gov/greengov.