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Highlights of the MARCH 2014 Issue

 

GOING GREEN/HOUSING:
Saving Through Sustainable Practices

 

 

Sustainable practices throughout the federal government and Department of Defense (DoD) are starting to make a difference, providing real cost savings and decreases in energy use, as well as an increase in conservation of water — two of the main areas that are being focused on today. From building new homes and running huge federal facilities to deciding on what energy-efficient equipment and systems will be used to operate these houses and facilities, going green is not only a new mantra for all to follow, but one that is mandated from the top down, as the Obama Administration has challenged the federal government and military to try to meet certain energy-reduction goals in the coming years.

“The Federal Government is the largest energy user in the country, and we use 1.6 quadrillion British thermal units (BTUs), or QUADs, which is about 1.7 percent of the country's energy use,” according to Tim Unruh, program director, Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), U.S. Department of Energy. “The total cost that we spend on energy is about $2 billion in a year. It only represents about 1.7 percent of total federal expenditures for the year, but what we find is that the energy is unique in that the systems it runs affect the comfort and usability of many of the things we do in the federal government.”

FEMP's primary goal, Unruh noted, is a reduction of energy intensity, which is the BTU per square foot or the energy used per square foot in buildings across the federal government. “We have a goal to reduce 30 percent of our energy consumption from a 2003 baseline by 2015. We are very close to achieving the 21 percent required by 2012.”...

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NAVY LODGING PROGRAM: Navy Region Northwest …
A Prime Destination for Business and Vacation

 

Navy Gateway Inns & Suites (NGIS)In 2013, all four Navy Gateway Inns & Suites (NGIS) locations in Navy Region Northwest were awarded 5-Star Zumwalt Accreditation, symbolizing lodging service excellence that reflects outstanding overall lodging experiences for military community guests.

“It takes teamwork to make it — all must pass or none do,” said Regional Lodging Program Director Barbara Williams. “We are ready to provide 5-Star service and amenities to our guests each and every day. We live the Zumwalt standard.”

Dating back to 1996, NS Everett has received seven 5-Star Zumwalt awards; NBK Bremerton has received six; NBK Bangor has received five; and NAS Whidbey Island has received six 5-Star awards and one 3-Star Zumwalt award.

The accreditation inspection is unannounced, and “the accreditation team captures the actual guest experience, which requires each NGIS to be inspection-ready every day,” noted Williams. ...

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BEVERAGES:
MCX Non-Alcoholic Categories:
New Items Keep the Assortment Fresh

 

Marine Corps Exchange (MCX) non-alcoholic categoriesNumerous Marine Corps Exchange (MCX) non-alcoholic categories, including Energy Drinks, Coffee and Enhanced Water, continued to show growth in fiscal 2013 (through November), ahead of sales of other categories, such as Isotonics, Water, Soda, Juice and Iced Tea, which were down for fiscal 2013 (through November), compared with the prior fiscal year.

Energy Drinks ($13.7 million in sales) held strong with no change at the top through November, while Enhanced Water ($1.6 million in sales) was up 2 percent and Coffee ($1.0 million in sales) was up 3 percent.

Although year-to-date fiscal 2013 sales through November were down, MCX Non-alcoholic Buyer Joe Cella is optimistic that these areas can rebound in the latter stages of fiscal 2013 and into fiscal 2014. “Our total MCX topline sales have been challenged in 2013, having been impacted by the reduction in troop end-strength and the government shutdown in October,” he explained. “Nevertheless, the area generated around $36.8 million during the 10-month February through November period.” ...

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