190th takes lead in going green

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Angela Brees
  • 190th Public Affairs
Executive Order 13423: Reduce energy intensity 30 percent by 2015.

Who carries out that order for Forbes Field? The 190th Civil Engineering Squadron.

Of course, the executive order talks about a lot more than just energy usage. It outlines targets for greenhouse gas reductions, water consumption and renewable power sources. And, the CE Squadron is building toward that future for Forbes Field today.

"We not only want to meet the executive order goal, but surpass it," said Lt. Col. Mark Green, CE commander. "We want Forbes to be the example for other bases."

One project you've probably already noticed, the change in temperature in your office. By cranking up the air conditioning just three degrees, CE was able to save the wing $21,000 in April - that's a 38 percent reduction from the same time last year.

"We know the temperature has been higher than what people are accustomed to, so we really appreciate the support everyone has shown," said Chief Master Sgt. Danny Roush, civil engineer manager. "We couldn't do this without their support."

Many more changes are on the horizon. As buildings are remodeled or built, the plans will include new energy-saving technologies and incorporate environmentally ustainable design features wherever possible.

Some of the ideas being planned:
--Reduce artificial light usage with more access to daylighting in redesigned spaces.
--Use ground source heat pumps to warm buildings in the winter.
--Redesign fresh air exchanges to protect against carbon dioxide while also reducing power usage of environmental controls.
--A literally "green" parking lot. No asphalt or concrete, but open-celled blocks filled with grass seed.
--A partially moss-covered roof application, which will reduce rainwater runoff and provide a cooling effect..
--Buildings to incorporate solar power panels. That feature may be sooner than later for the mobility barn addition and is the reason for its slanted roof.

Beyond the target sustainability percentages, the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design ranking system is another way the wing will be scored. The ranking systems from low to high are: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. For any new Guard buildings built or for remodels totaling more than $2 million after 2012, it must meet LEED Silver. Lieutenant Col. Green and team are hoping the operations building remodel will achieve LEED Gold.

190th wing members have a critical role to play to help CE reach its long-term goal, Green said.

"Wing members can do their part too by ensuring light switches are turned off on exiting rooms, report leaky faucets and fixtures to reduce water loss, and minimize personal energy using items such