By Andrew J DeGregorio, N.Y. Joint Field Office
FEMA's New York Joint Field Office has been recognized for the sustainable practices implemented while responding to Hurricane Sandy.
The DHS 2013 Sustainable Practices Award goes to the staff of the New York JFO in Queens for the outstanding team efforts of their ‘Go Green Initiative’, and the sustainability implementation guidance received from FEMA’s Sustainability, Energy, Environmental and Asset Management.
The Green Dream Team Award Category acknowledges the team’s effort to establish measurable and repeatable metrics and execute conservation measures including:
- Paperless transactions/e-signatures
- Use of public transportation vs. rental cars
- Green procurement
- Recycling and solid waste reduction
JFO leaders credit these efforts with saving natural resources both directly and through the reduction in greenhouse gas generation.
Go Green efforts have resulted in millions of dollars in savings to date – all while ensuring survivor-centered mission success. As a result of wining this DHS award, the NY JFO "Go Green Team" was also nominated for the 2013 GreenGov Presidential Award. .
The DHS award was presented Sept. 26 to Michael Byrne, Robin Finegan, Grant Arrington, Jacqueline J. Heyliger, Jeff Fullmer, Tom Meno and Andrew DeGregorio at DHS’ Education Center in Washington.