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U.S. Department of Energy Recognizes Federal Aviation Administration’s Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center (MMAC) for Achieving 50001 Ready

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recognizes the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center (MMAC) for achieving DOE 50001 Ready recognition. The MMAC, home of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) research and training operations in Oklahoma City, encompasses more than 1,000 acres and 128 buildings.

Sustainability initiatives have been a strategic priority for the MMAC, which faces both challenges and opportunities specific to a federal agency. Decarbonization goals and targets are established by energy legislation and executive orders. For example, the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) requires that federal agencies identify the key buildings that comprise 75% of total energy usage and conduct regular energy and water audits on those buildings.

To be proactive in meeting requirements, the FAA, under the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), prioritized 50001 Ready recognition for its facilities. FAA headquarters set an initial goal for five facilities to become 50001 Ready, and the MMAC took the lead, becoming the first facility in all of DOT to officially establish an energy management system and become 50001 Ready—a particularly important milestone for the FAA and DOT.

For support in pursuing 50001 Ready, the MMAC energy management team participated in a cohort organized by FAA’s Office of Environment and Energy, with coaching assistance from 50001 Ready partner, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC).

DOE’s 50001 Ready program, managed by the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Industrial Efficiency and Decarbonization Office (IEDO), provides a self-paced, no-cost way for organizations to build a culture of structured energy improvement that leads to deeper and more sustained energy savings.

Learn more about MMAC’s key takeaways for implementing an 50001 Ready energy management system.