ANN ARBOR, MI – Ann Arbor’s National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Laboratory has been recognized for cutting costs and improving use of resources as part of the U.S. EPA’s Federal Green Challenge.
Individual actions by the National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Laboratory, 2565 Plymouth Road, include cutting paper purchases by 66 percent through increased use of electronic documents and displays and heightened access to Wi-Fi.
The Federal Green Challenge calls on facilities across the country to track progress toward the sustainability goals outlined by the EPA, like reducing costs of building operations and supplies.
The National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Laboratory is one of 28 locations recognized for achievements related to the Federal Green Challenge in 2016. It was specifically recognized for its purchasing efforts.
The laboratory is part of the Office of Transportation and Air Quality and provides emission testing services for motor vehicles, heavy-duty engines and non-road engine programs.
There were 264 facilities that participated in the Federal Green Challenge in 2016. It is the fifth year for the initiative, which is part of EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management program.
According to the EPA website, the Federal Green Challenge in 2016 reduced fuel consumption by more than 500,000 gallons, sent 310 tons of electronics to certified recyclers, saved 9.2 million gallons of industrial water and diverted 336,000 tons of waste from landfills.
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said in a statement that efforts by federal agencies have resulted in estimated cost savings of $17 million.
“Federal agencies across the country are doing their part to minimize their environmental impact, in doing so saving American taxpayers millions of dollars,” Pruitt said in the statement.