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Title: Resource efficiency in the US Army Corps of Engineers: Examination of strategies to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions
Authors: Center for the Advancement of Sustainability Innovations (U.S.)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Loechl, Paul M.
Kemme, Michael R.
Shah, Payal S.
Goran, William D.
Keywords: Center for the Advancement of Sustainability Innovations (U.S.)
Energy conservation
Energy consumption
Natural resources management
Sustainable facilities
Water consumption
Publisher: Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Description: Technical Report
Abstract: As with other Federal agencies, the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is attempting to plan a long-term strategy to increase the efficiency of operations through a series of investments and operational changes that reduce energy and water use and green house gas (GHG) emissions. These investments and changes are driven by a number of legislative and executive requirements that, since 2010, are addressed in annual sustainability plans, as required in Executive Order 13514 (2009). Besides meeting required goals, USACE also hopes to reduce operational costs through these investments and operational changes, and different investment approaches have significantly different impacts in terms of lifetime energy and operational cost savings. This study examines the various investment pathways, over multiple years that can be considered to achieve greater efficiencies. The efficiency value gained by different investments varies widely. The study also examines the ability of USACE to achieve different goals in their various timelines, and attempts to identify the investments levels that might be required, year by year, to achieve these goals. This study also compares, given limited resources, the relative benefits to USACE operational budgets, over the lifetime of these investments and operational changes, for various approaches.
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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