Jacksonville, Fla. – Naval Construction Batallion Center (NCBC) Gulfport Environmental team was recognized by the Missississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) April 20 at its annual workshop and awards program held in Jackson, Mississippi.
The MDEQ enHance program is a voluntary stewardship program that began in 2009. It recognizes committed environmental leaders who accomplish goals beyond the legal requirements.
"NCBC Gulfport has been a member of the enHance program since 2010," said NCBC Gulfport Installation Environmental Program Director Lisa Noble. "We are committed to ensuring our program meets or exceeds what is required by our state, federal and local agencies."
Since 2010, NCBC Gulfport has reached many goals and accomplishments. They have reduced Criteria and Hazardous Air Polution by 1.65 tons, annually maintain a 5-star rating on the base Public Drinking water System, and received the 2016 Engineering Excellence Grand Award for the Envrionmental Restoration of Site 8B Soil Stabilization Pilot Study which diverted over 7,700 tons of contaminated sediment from landfills through a pilot in-situ treatment program.
"The energy conservation program has initiated over $5 million in energy conservation projects that has reduced our consumption by over 25 percent," said NCBC Gulfport Production Division Director Matt Schultz.
The energy projects consisted of replacing all exterior and the majority of interior lighting with LED technology, installing high efficiency chiller and boilers and the installation and upgrading of the digital control systems base-wide.
"These projects along with our root top solar generation have had, to date, an avoidance adding of over 14,000 metric tons of C02 to the atmosphere," said Schultz.
"It is an honor to recognize these companies that are actively striving to reduce their wastes, reduce their environmental impacts, and improve the quality of life in their communities," said Gary Rikard, MDEQ executive director. "Their vision and leadership is to be commended, as their efforts will result in both immediate and long-term benefits for the reisidents of our state."