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By Dean Hunter, Director of Facilities, Security, and Emergency Management, OPM

Last month we celebrated the forty-seventh annual Earth Day – a day for celebrating the world around us and raising awareness for the many environmental issues that need our attention in order to have a clean, healthy world. People across the globe recognized the day with service opportunities and awareness events to continue to make the crucial environmental changes we all need.

Here at OPM, the celebration and commitment to sustainability continues year-round. I am proud to announce that OPM was nominated for a Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships award. The Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships is a non-profit dedicated to accelerating energy efficiency in the building sector through public policy, program strategies and education throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. We were nominated by the District of Columbia Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU) as one of their business partners for the work we’ve done with them to reduce our energy and water use.

We’ve been making strategic changes for several years to curb our energy use and employ various energy efficient strategies. We’ve seen a significant decrease in our energy use as a result. Our partnership with DCSEU enabled us to obtain rebates for our energy and water reduction efforts. We’ve also installed new high efficiency chillers for the air conditioning system, optimizing air handler and cooling tower performance, and improving lighting, including installing dimmable lighting in stairwells.

I am honored that our team has been recognized for their leadership in energy efficiency as well as for their innovation in their solutions. We are in an old building that presents many challenges and the sustainability team helped create solutions that are effective and long lasting.

We hope that for many years to come we will continue to be a part of the solutions to the environmental problems our world faces.





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