NAVFAC Pacific Facility Manager Recognized for Energy Conservation Efforts

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Pearl Harbor – Ricky Nojima, facility manager for Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Pacific, received the Navy Region Hawaii Energy Award for 2011, Individual, from Navy Region Hawaii Commander Rear Adm. Frank Ponds June 19 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

“This recognition from Navy Region Hawaii is a great honor and I am humbled to have been nominated and chosen amongst other individuals from various organizations,” said Nojima. “Reducing energy consumption is high on NAVFAC Pacific’s priority list, so I’m extremely aware of instilling a culture of conservation throughout our workforce to ensure we continue to meet our goals.”

As facility manager for NAVFAC Pacific, Nojima took on duties as the lead Building Energy Monitor (BEM), Navy Region Hawaii, from October 2010 to September 2011. He assisted NAVFAC Pacific with several energy efficiency projects including reducing lighting levels in corridors, delamping fixtures above workspaces using task lighting, and installing and adjusting occupancy sensors in common areas.  His efforts also helped to reduce energy consumption by more than 116,200 kilowatt-hours in fiscal year 2011.

[L -Navy Region Hawaii Commander Rear Adm. Frank Ponds presents Rick Nojima, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific facility manager, with the Navy Region Hawaii Energy Award 2011 (Individual) June 19 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. (Photo by Krista K. Catian, NAVFAC Pacific Public Affairs)]

“Rick has done a tremendous job leading our energy efforts at NAVFAC Pacific and is well-deserving of this recognition,” said NAVFAC Pacific Commander Rear Adm. Kate Gregory. “As the primary BEM, Rick was instrumental in reducing our overall energy consumption by 11% from fiscal year 2010 to 2011. He has exemplified continuous energy conservation efforts that have helped guide our 34-person BEM team to meet energy standards within our 13 facilities. We are extremely proud and honored to have Rick represent our Command and receive this prestigious award.”

The Region Energy Awards Program was established to recognize and provide an incentive to individuals, small groups, and activities occupying Region facilities for their energy conservation efforts annually.

Joining Nojima as recipients of the Navy Region Energy Award for 2011 are Training Support Detachment, Activity winner, and Center for Surface Combat Systems Detachment Pearl Harbor, Small Group winner.

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