The State of Oklahoma Department of Central Services (DCS) Office of Facilities Management (OFM) manages 20 buildings, a total of more than 2 million square feet. DCS is committed to sustainable practices and the stewardship of resources to make state government and its public sector partners an example of sustainable stewardship for the citizens of Oklahoma. Through its unique role of assisting customers in procurement of goods and services, remodeling and renovations, and operation of state facilities, OFM has incorporated sustainable business practices, as reflected in its strategic plan. The sustainability plan is geared toward reducing the environmental impact of state operated buildings and associated energy costs. OFM is on track to meet or exceed this year's established sustainability goals and will continue to improve in the years to come.
EPA has recognized the Department of Central Services Office of Facilities Management as an ENERGY STAR Leaders Top Performer for achieving a portfolio-wide energy performance rating of 80. DCS has also been recognized for increasing its energy efficiency by 10 percent and 20 percent, both in 2010. As DCS projects and initiatives continue to improve efficiency in state buildings, the department hopes to expand upon this initial recognition of success from EPA. The timing of the results could not have been more critical; as government budgets began to shrink, DCS projects continued to produce savings that totaled a cost avoidance of more than $750,000. In the last year alone, DCS has reduced the cumulative greenhouse gas emissions of its facilities by more than 6,500 metric tons, the equivalent of planting more than 1,500 acres of trees. DCS used several energy efficient fronts to reach such figures including building automation upgrades, schedule changes, the use of energy efficient LED lighting, and the installation of low flow restroom fixtures. In addition to these upgrades, 10-kilowatt-hour wind turbines were placed at two locations, geothermal heat pump systems were utilized in two applications to reduce HVAC energy consumption and associated costs and photovoltaic solar panels were installed at the Department of Human Services building. The Green Fingerprint energy awareness campaign was established to ensure positive tenant relations during projects, to smooth transitions during policy changes, and to present tenants with energy-saving tips.