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President's Principal Environmental Advisor visits Northwest

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS120414-07

By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Chris Brown, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, Det. Northwest

SILVERDALE, Wash. (NNS) -- President Barack Obama's principal environmental advisor and Chair of the White House council on environmental quality, visited Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) Bangor, April 13.

Nancy Sutley toured the Navy's Northwest Utilities and Energy Operations Center aboard NBK and met with military leadership to discuss clean energy installations, helping curb energy consumption and advancing our Nation's energy security.

"The Navy's clean energy leadership and forward thinking is doing something we are very proud of," said Sutley.

Once completed, the Northwest Utilities and Energy Operations Center will monitor and control energy consumption across naval installations in the Navy Region Northwest (NRNW).

"All the utilities will be tied to a central location," said Chet Braun, Naval Facilities Engineering Command advanced metering infrastructure and industrial control system program manager. "We will be able to monitor everything in the Northwest Region."

All seven NRNW installations were recipients of the Secretary of the Navy Energy and Water Conservation Gold, Platinum or higher level awards for the past three years.

"It feels good to win these awards, we have spent a lot of time and hard work on our facilities," said Capt. Jorge P. Rios, commanding officer, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest. "I am happy how we have set ourselves up for the future."

NBK reduced both its energy and water consumption by more than 20 percent between 2003 and 2010, while dramatically increasing its alternative fuel capabilities for vehicles and diverting its waste stream through recycling and composting.

The Council on Environmental Quality coordinates federal environmental efforts and works with agencies and other White House offices in the development of environmental policies and initiatives.

The visit highlighted the administration's strategy of responsibly developing every available source of American energy, including doubling down on clean energy to reduce pollution and increase our nation's energy security.

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