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Energy Manager Recognized as a Green Champion

Program Support Center (PSC)'s Robert High was selected to win a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Fiscal Year 2017 Green Champion Award in the energy/fleet individual category.

Robert High.

Robert High

High is the Energy Manager/Operations Specialist with our Facilities Operations and Maintenance service and is based in the 5600 Fishers Lane Building in Rockville, Maryland.

The HHS Green Champion Awards honor HHS federal employees, Native American tribal members, and groups/organizations that demonstrate measurable results towards integrating sustainability principles into the HHS mission and its daily operations. Key selection factors for individual and group/organization awards include innovation, collaboration, return on investment, and short- and long-term impact.

From Green to Greener

In 2017, 5600 Fishers Lane received an Energy Star rating score of 99, an improvement over the previous score of 96. This improvement to an already energy efficient, newly-renovated building was due to the completion of additional energy projects and enhanced facility operations/management initiated by High.

Best of all, funding for the 2017 projects came from excess General Services Administration lease project funds that will result in both energy and cost savings over the term of the lease.

Projects completed include:

  • Two electric air curtains in the main 5th floor lobby
  • Time clocks for lighting in all 26 domestic restrooms
  • Hot water heaters that shut off during non-business hours
  • Modifications to 81 energy-intensive AV/telecom conference room systems to allow for powering down during non-business hours, eliminating heat gain and energy waste
  • Increased building inspections by PSC staff to identify building deficiencies, unauthorized electrical devices, and blocked fan coil units that can all impact building operation efficiency

High's team also installed three small supplemental air conditioning units for the 24-hour self-service Market Place, the security break room, and the main lobby, where two small directional fan coil units were installed. This eliminated the after-hours need to operate less efficient spot coolers or the house chiller plant during peak summer temperatures.

To see the full results, visit the HHS Green Champions webpage. Congratulations, Robert!

Becoming a Green Champion

Sustainability is directly linked to the health of humans, the health of the environment, and the health of economic systems that support and promote our well-being. This triple bottom line — human health, environmental health, and economic health — is integral to the HHS mission and the sustainability mandate of Executive Order 13834 "Efficient Federal Operations." Just as the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) leads initiatives relating to energy reduction, HHS leads initiatives relating to health and well-being. As a key part of the federal community, HHS must continue a leadership role in promoting sustainability in government and public operations.


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