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EM Receives Several Honors in 2011 DOE Sustainability Awards

November 4, 2011 - 12:00pm


Several EM employees, projects and teams were honored as part of the 2011 DOE Sustainability Awards announced this week. The awards recognize the achievements of DOE employees who saved taxpayer money by reducing the Department’s use of energy, water, and paper, while improving the energy efficiency of government buildings and vehicles.

EM award winners include an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act project to remediate tritium-contaminated debris at the Savannah River Site in an innovative, cost-effective way; the East Tennessee Technology Park, which was recognized for uniquely applying technology to create a paperless shipping process that improved air quality and increased daily waste shipments; and a project team at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) that incorporated sustainable options early in the planning of road reconstruction, including reducing fresh water use and reusing existing materials for construction.

Other award highlights include:

• Gene Higgins of the Richland Operations Office. Higgins contributed substantially to the success of the Hanford site’s environmental cleanup effort through his vision of integrating information management, providing leadership and coordinating information resource requirements between three DOE offices and eight prime contractors.
• Shawna Rosenkrance and Todd Shepherd of the Idaho Operations Office. The project team made improvements at the Idaho Nuclear Technology & Engineering Center that reduced electricity and water use. The project was awarded an Idaho Power Custom Efficiency incentive rebate for more than $162,000, the largest incentive ever awarded in the southeastern Idaho region.
• The Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project (AMWTP) at Idaho National Laboratory.  AMWTP repackages waste from containers that do not meet Department of Transportation shipping regulations into acceptable 55-gallon containers. In fiscal year 2010, the compaction of waste at AMWTP resulted in a total volume reduction of more than 2,000 cubic meters. Repackaging of waste also increased shipping efficiency, thus reducing the number of shipments by 40 percent. This process saved 200,520 gallons of diesel fuel in fiscal year 2010 and avoided greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to more than 2,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide.
• The Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL), EM’s national lab, and the Economic Development Partnership of South Carolina (EDPSC). SRNL and EDPSC jointly develop and deploy renewable energy technologies within the local community and the state of South Carolina. SRNL shares its expertise and knowledge of renewable energy technologies, and the EDPSC leverages its existing relationships with industry to identify and evaluate specific opportunities to lower harmful air emissions.