Brig. Gen. Joseph Edwards, Army G-9 Operations Director, took some time out of his busy itinerary to acknowledge a recent recipient of the Secretary of the Army Energy and Water Management Award.
Detroit Arsenal Energy Manager Shannon Bergt received the award earlier from Garrison Manager Carrie Mead. The award was established in 1979 to recognize achievements in energy and water conservation management.
Bergt became the energy manager at the Detroit Arsenal in November 2016. Her priorities included refocusing and reinventing the Arsenal energy program. She expanded the goals from a focus on energy conservation to a more holistic approach that included energy resilience. Since Bergt took over the program, the Detroit Arsenal has exceeded federal energy and water conservation goals by reducing energy consumption more than 13 percent and water consumption by almost 14 percent.
Bergt has also saved the installation $1.2 million through the early buy-down of an Energy Savings Performance Contract. She successfully negotiated removing scheduled chiller replacements that were no longer required for the contract.
Through key partnerships, she is working to create a collaborative environment that removes the barriers between the installation and on-site Research and Development power production capabilities. She also promotes regional energy resilience and created energy resilience nodes.
Bergt is currently working with the Office of Economic Adjustment and Macomb County to fund the Detroit Arsenal Regional Defense Assessment of Resilience. This assessment will convene key stakeholders and identify potential points of failure for critical infrastructure within 100 miles of the Detroit Arsenal.
Bergt's perseverance and commitment to developing the Detroit Arsenal energy program into one that sustains and protects the Garrison and focuses on sound and reliable solutions for the entire DOD is evident through her programs’ progress.