RICHMOND, Va. (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Mid-Atlantic was recognized by Virginia Clean Cities for its government vehicle (GOV) fleet's carbon emission reductions, in a ceremony Nov. 21.
Virginia Clean Cities is a coalition of local and national stakeholders, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.
According to Mike Lienemann, NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic Base Support Vehicles and Equipment (BSVE) Product Line Coordinator, the group used a calculation of fuel type, fleet size, distance traveled, vehicle type, fuel efficiency and the quantity of fuel used in designating NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic's BSVE as having the second greatest carbon emissions reduction of all vehicle fleets in Virginia.
NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic BSVE provides GOVs used by commands throughout the Navy Region Mid-Atlantic AOR.
"We're honored to be recognized for our achievements with reducing greenhouse gas emissions," said Lienemann. "We've been able to do the right thing for the Navy and the environment and best of all it didn't require extra man hours or money."
He added that this is in line with the Navy's overall strategy for increasing the use of alternate fuels and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
"We have been proactive in ordering vehicles that are alternate fuel capable and meet the standards for low greenhouse gas emissions. More than 60% of our light duty vehicles run on alternative fuel," he explained.
NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic's BSVE also has more than 350 electric vehicles that operate on bases, as well as low sulfur diesel vehicles used throughout the region.