Thursday, October 28, 2010

What's Up is Watts Down at Miami P&DC; Green Team Earns PMG Recognition

The Postmaster General has announced the winners of his first-ever PMG Sustainability Excellence Award. The award recognizes outstanding efforts by employees who help the Postal Service and its customers go green.

The Cincinnati NDC, Miami P&DC, Southeast Michigan District, and Suncoast District joined Headquarters Facilities in earning inaugural awards. Together, these teams contributed more than $23 million in savings and cost avoidances. Miami Plant Manager Rick Suarez accepted the award on behalf of the Miami P&DC’s Green Team: Mike E. Adams, Robert E. Balzan (team lead), James A. Burney, Jose M. Jimenez, and Albeo A. Rosado.

Simple steps can really add up to big energy savings. The Miami P&DC proved that by reducing its electric bill by more than $450,000 during FY 2009 by switching out light bulbs and fine-tuning heating and air conditioning systems. The plant's Green Team coordinated the replacement of 3,300 light bulbs with energy-efficient fluorescent bulbs. In addition, lighting was connected to a computer system programmed to turn off lights in areas where equipment wasn't running.

Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning (HVAC) equipment was similarly programmed to turn on and off. It also was determined the Miami P&DC didn't need as much air conditioning capacity and an out-of-date chiller was turned off. '

Posters throughout the facility raised awareness about these energy-saving efforts and reminded employees they could save money at home by taking similar, simple steps.

More than 30 teams were nominated in eight categories for the 2010 award. To read more on the winning entries:

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