Capt. Pride award cites SPAWAR’s ‘green’ efforts
Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) Systems Center (SSC) Atlantic was presented the Captain Pride Award for its various efforts to reduce its carbon footprint during the 44th Annual Community Pride Award Luncheon May 13. The award is given to only the top 10 individuals, businesses, governments or civic organizations in the county.
“We are extremely pleased to be the recipient of this award and very proud of our ‘green’ team and our employees’ collective efforts,” said SSC Atlantic Executive Director Christopher Miller as he accepted the award.
With more than 2,300 federal employees in the Charleston area, and as many as 9,000 contractors across SSC Atlantic -- many in Charleston -- SSC Atlantic has offset its energy usage emissions by teleworking, increasing and promoting recycling, modifying fluorescent light ballasts and installing occupancy sensors in their buildings, promoting carpooling by offering parking incentives, digitizing their monthly newsletter and quarterly magazine, and replacing a gas-powered maintenance vehicle with an electric vehicle. Other initiatives include employee bicycle share pilot program and installing solar panels to charge golf carts. In addition, SSC Atlantic has adopted a highway in the City of North Charleston and has participated in Keep North Charleston Beautiful’s spring beautification of the Park Circle Butterfly Garden.
SSC Atlantic is aligned with the Chief of Naval Operations’ and Secretary of the Navy’s vision and goals for environmental stewardship. Goal Two of the center’s strategic plan is to “Continually decrease our environmental impact through operational practices that reduce, reuse, recycle and renew natural resources while meeting customers’ requirements.”
“We have already reaped significant energy savings while meeting this goal,” said Miller recently to the entire SSC Atlantic team. He noted that lighting modifications have saved 1,160,640 kilowatt hours a year; 116 more recycling containers were purchased for all SSC Atlantic buildings; solar-powered golf carts and leg-powered bicycles are being used by employees to move around SSC Atlantic campuses; reserved parking spots are offered for hybrid and carpool vehicles; and Adopt-a-Highway (Virginia Avenue) and Clean Cities Sweep programs involvement has increased.
Charleston Mayor Joe Riley and Mount Pleasant Mayor Billy Swails were in attendance; as were Charleston County Council Chairman Teddie E. Pryor Sr., and Dickie Schweers, Charleston County Council member.
The award is one of several presented by Community Pride of Charleston. Sponsored by the Clemson University Extension Service and Charleston County, Community Pride of Charleston County is a diverse group of dedicated individuals, businesses and organizations who encourage and recognize those who take pride in their community through beautification and litter prevention efforts. For more than 40 years Community Pride of Charleston has been recognizing individuals, groups, businesses, schools, agencies, municipalities and others who improve the community through beautification and other efforts.