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Third 'Green in the Military' Conference Held
February 22, 2011

According to information made available from Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic personnel took the lead in discussing Navy energy goals and environmental initiatives during the third Green in the Military conference at the Virginia Beach Convention Center February 2nd.

NEWPORT, R.I. (Nov. 18, 2010) Representatives from National Grid, the supplier of electricity and natural gas to Naval Station Newport, present a ceremonial rebate check to Capt. Joseph Voboril, commanding officer of Naval Station Newport. The $606,856 check is the sum total of rebates for equipment installed as part of an energy savings performance contract with Naval Station Newport. The total energy cost savings since the energy conservation measures were installed is approximately $1.01 million. Pictured from left, Martin Kawa, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC)-Public Works Newport; Ray Cournoyer, NAVFAC-Public Works Newport; Jeffrey Dunham, National Grid; John Isberg, National Grid; Voboril; Cmdr. Gregor Bo, NAVFAC-Public Works Newport Officer; Tom Zagorski, NAVFAC-Public Works Newport; and Dan Sullivan, NAVFAC-Public Works Newport. (U.S. Navy photo by Lisa W. Rama)

Mid-Atlantic Commanding Officer Capt. Mark Libonate was among many NAVFAC personnel who participated in the conference.

Capt. Libonate gave the opening address at the event, which is sponsored by the Hampton Roads Green building Council. In his remarks, he spoke about how going green contributes to energy security, mission readiness and the Navy’s efforts to be good stewards of the public’s tax dollars.

He also spoke of the Navy’s requirements for all new buildings to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification and how NAVFAC’s more than 200 LEED Accredited Professionals are helping to achieve that requirement.

“I believe that as the nation goes, so goes the Navy. Just as the nation is focused on energy and the environment, so is the Navy,” said Capt. Libonate.

He discussed the energy goals laid out by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus last year to reduce the Navy’s energy consumption and increase the renewable energy the Navy uses.

Personnel from NAVFAC Atlantic and Mid-Atlantic were also speakers in several of the breakout sessions, leading discussions on such topics as energy efficient strategies, construction contract requirements, sustainable bases, and military LEED requirements.

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