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Energy Department Employee Recognized for Eliminating One Million Tons of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

May 10, 2013 - 10:58am


WASHINGTON – The Energy Department is pleased to announce that Dr. Josh Silverman, Director of the Office of Sustainability Support, has been selected as a finalist for the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal from the Partnership for Public Service.  Silverman was selected for his dedication to reducing the Department’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Silverman is being recognized for identifying gaps in air pollution controls at Department facilities where he initiated steps to prevent the discharge of one of the world’s most potent greenhouse gases, sulfur hexafluoride.  These steps include conducting effective maintenance and repairs to reduce leaks, and deploying technologies to capture and reuse these gases.

“The Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals recognize federal employees who stand out for their exceptional dedication and creativity, and for daring greatly in order to help their fellow Americans.  These nominees have earned our thanks and congratulations for their contributions to our Nation,” said Acting Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman.  “Dr. Silverman’s dedication to public service helped halt the release of one million tons of greenhouse gas emissions since 2009, improving air quality and achieving environmental benefits.”

Dr. Silverman joined the Department in 2000, after completing his Doctorate in history and policy at Carnegie Mellon University.  A native of Pittsburgh, he lives in Washington, DC’s Capitol Hill neighborhood with his wife and two daughters.

The Partnership for Public Service is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works to revitalize the federal government by inspiring a new generation to serve by transforming the way government works.  Learn more about the awards HERE.