Naval Base San Diego Receives Environmental Award from Navy’s Top Officer

Last Updated : 6/13/2011 11:56:44 AM

SAN DIEGO-- Naval Base San Diego (NBSD) was announced as the winner of the Fiscal Year 2010 Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Environmental Award for Sustainability Feb. 17.

The CNO’s environmental awards are part of an annual program to recognize exceptional environmental stewardship throughout the Navy.

“We are extremely proud of our accomplishments and could not be happier that we received this award,” said Capt. Rick Williamson, NBSD commanding officer.

NBSD has worked to define the principles of intelligent shore design to effectively and efficiently meet requirements of the fleet. 

Intelligent shore design analyzes requirements with regards to consolidation of services, demolition of inefficient structures, energy independence, and the Navy as a community leader in environmental stewardship.

The base has significantly reduced its impact of operations on the environment.  The introduction of new ideas and equipment which reduce waste, capture pollutants and mitigate environmental impacts has led to the following achievements:

  • diverted 20,669 tons of waste from the municipal landfill
  • initiated 227,000 sq. ft. of artificial turf projects, vastly improving base appearance and saving approximately 7.5 million gallons of water
  • hosted several electronic waste turn-in events, resulting in recycling and reuse of electronic items and appliances
  • hosted the first ever Navy Region Southwest Environmental Green Summit, where both Navy and private enterprise representatives shared information on a wide array of conservation and green projects

One result of these accomplishments, NBSD was awarded $147,000 rebate dollars from San Diego Gas and Electric for energy innovation projects.  These cost savings inspired emulation of efforts throughout the Navy.

The award acknowledges NBSD's dedication to executing efficient energy programs, awareness campaigns, innovative measures and consistent reduction in energy consumption.
"I could go on and on about what we have done and continue to do,” said Mark Edson, NBSD environmental program manager.  “We know that by saving money in these areas, the Navy can reinvest in resources that go to the operational fleet.”

This is the third consecutive year that the base has won a CNO environmental award.

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