CAMP LEJUENE, US MARINE CORPS
The Camp LeJuene Marine Corps Base in North Carolina contains 17 mess hall facilities, serving up to 22,000 meals per day. Ranging in age from brand new to up to 70 years old, each building requires a different approach to energy management. District Manager Barry Lee uses aspects of Sodexo’s Energy Reduction Program to capture energy efficiencies across the operation.
BUILDING IN EFFICIENCY FROM THE GROUND UP
A major contributor to Camp LeJuene’s energy efficiency is its design— each new mess hall is built and certified to LEED Platinum standards. Lee’s team helps to ensure the systems in each building use energy as efficiently as possible by properly operating and maintaining them.
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District Manager, Government Services
Camp LeJuene Marine Corps Base
- New facilities feature state-of-the-art energy efficiency technology, including heat-monitoring skylights, geothermal plumbing, airflow control systems, lighting timers and sensors on both interior and exterior systems, additional layers of insulation, and water filtration systems designed to preserve equipment.
- A standard maintenance protocol was implemented to ensure that regular preventive maintenance is performed on building systems, including de-lining and descaling steamers for efficiency, checking filters, cleaning and vacuuming compressors, and more.
OLD BUILDINGS, NEW BEHAVIOR
For older buildings not built to LEED standards, Lee has implemented simple behavior changes to offset energy inefficiencies.
- Daily essentials audits include start-up/shut-off schedules for various pieces of equipment and cover other sustainability essentials such as recycling and water conservation.
- Sculleries and large dish machines are scaled down or shut down on weekends, holidays and slow periods.
- Lights are turned down between meal services to minimize energy waste.
COMMUNICATING GOALS AND REWARDING RESULTS
Lee keeps Sodexo’s and Camp LeJuene’s energy efficiency goals top of mind by regularly engaging his team.
- Weekly meetings are held with GMs and operational managers who then share energy management objectives with their teams through daily huddles.
- A third-party quality control team double checks that daily energy efficiency and preventative maintenance protocols have been completed.
- Results are presented at an annual awards and incentives review where Marine Corps bases share tangible sustainability data and earn rewards for successful programs—sometimes in the millions of dollars—to reinvest in their bases.