National Water And Energy Conservation Awareness Program, United States Navy, Naval Facilities Engineering Service Center (NFESC), Navy-Wide



U.S. Navy Naval Facilities Engineering Service Center (NFESC)



Program/Project Management; Energy Engineering; Environmental Engineering; Energy Awareness Training; Technical Writing/Editing; Computer Systems Development; Display Design and Graphic Production; Public Relations; Administration


DRC designed and implemented a Navy-wide Water and Energy Conservation and Awareness Program, according to EPA and applicable Navy instructions to help meet mandated water and energy use reduction goals. DRC’s goal was to:

  • Reduce industrial energy consumption by at least 20 percent by the year 2005 compared with a 1990 benchmark;
  • Implement all cost-effective water conservation projects;
  • Train Energy Managers for the Navy’s shore facilities; and
  • Identify and implement all water and energy conservation projects having a ten years or less payback.

DRC designed, produced, and distributed water and energy conservation awareness information and materials to Navy and civilian personnel at 350 Naval Shore Activities and 141 Naval Housing Centers. This material emphasized:

  • Mandated Defense and Navy goals to reduce energy and water use as defined by the Energy Policy Act of 1992 and OPNAVINIST 4100.1C of 1986;
  • The importance reducing energy and water consumption;
  • How each individual can reduce energy and water usage by improving their personal efficiency; and
  • The financial and environmental benefits to the Navy of being energy conscious.

As the prime consultant, DRC developed guidelines for improving current energy awareness programs and incorporated new and innovative programs into the Navy’s Energy Awareness Program. DRC identified behavior patterns of the Navy’s sub-populations (officers, enlisted personnel, civilian employees, and dependents), collected data and conducted demographic studies of the Navy population to determine which sub-populations to target. DRC documented the results, identified target groups, and prioritized them by proportional energy use and economic savings. DRC professionals designed and developed highly effective Navy Water and Energy Conservation Displays, strategically placed at Department of Defense Headquarters (The Pentagon). Displays at the U.S. Naval Academy’s Annapolis Water and Energy Showcase represented the Naval Academy’s past, present, and future energy awareness, education, conservation efforts, achievements, and goals. DRC developed and distributed a briefing package Navy-wide to all Commanding Officers. The briefing package provided all Commanding Officers policy information, points of contact, program history, and recent success stories. DRC’s staff frequently visited sites to determine the effectiveness of the material. The location and timing of these visits were based on individual activity energy consumption.