2015 Bright Idea
US Department of Navy, Navy Region Southwest
Innovations in American Government Awards

The Navy has been leading the way in creating a more sustainable armed forces with two initiatives designed to reduce waste, save energy, and encourage engagement in green workplaces. Navy Region Southwest provides a Sustainable Interior Showroom to showcase sustainable office furniture and equipment that demonstrates the value and quality of recycled products. This enables other federal agencies to examine and test sustainable products and gather information to assist in streamlining their purchasing processes. Navy Region Southwest also conducts a solid waste diversion, recycling, and reuse program that offers a model for integration with other environmental sustainability programs to achieve high levels of performance unattainable otherwise. The integrated program creates and sustains markets and jobs for recycled commodities and products that benefit the region.