At DOT, we're fortunate that improving sustainability is a part of so much of our work. That includes promoting railroads and marine highways for shipping, supporting alternative-fuel buses for transit, developing cleaner burning jet fuel for aviation, upgrading roadways to reduce congestion, and more.
Day in and day out, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and easing our reliance on oil is part of what we do. And we're not just emphasizing sustainability in transportation across the U.S. We're also working hard to improve sustainability in our own operations.
As the internal sustainability awards we presented to outstanding DOT professionals yesterday show, when it comes to sustainability, DOT is walking the walk.
The projects that earned these awards reflect DOT's thorough embrace of President Obama's 2009 Executive Order 13514 on Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy and Economic Performance. In that order, the President asked us to lead by example, and in DOT offices across the country, we took his request to heart. I'm proud to say that since 2010, DOT has moved from the bottom tier of Federal agencies on President Obama's sustainability scorecard to the upper tier.
And we're not going back. In fact, the projects we honored yesterday show that our sustainability gains seem to be getting even more impressive.
And at the Federal Aviation Administration's Northern California air traffic control center (TRACON) they replaced 4.1 acres of lawn with post-consumer rubber mulch, decomposed granite, and native trees. The result? A 3.2 million gallon reduction in annual water use. That's a savings of 40 percent, which is good for the environment, and also good for the taxpayers' bottom line.
That's the kind of win-win we've been seeing from many of our efforts, and I know our projects will continue paying those dual dividends.
One more way we're demonstrating our commitment? Yesterday's awards were crafted from 100 percent recycled glass. And no one traveled to our Washington, DC, headquarters because we used video teleconferencing technology to connect DOT offices across the country.
That's just one more way this Department is leading by example. And it really begins with the example of our Senior Sustainability Officer Brodi Fontenot. Over the past two years, he’s been the face of DOT’s green initiatives, overseeing our sustainability plan and working with senior officials across DOT to make sure sustainability remains a priority.
Another driving force behind our sustainability efforts has been the DOT Green Team, a corps of truly dedicated professionals committed to reducing our impact on the environment and saving the taxpayers money in the process.
My heartiest congratulations and thanks to all of our Sustainability Award winners, to SSO Brodi Fontenot, and to our Green Team.