Oak Ridge National Laboratory has received a 2012 U.S. Department of Energy Sustainability Award for its water conservation efforts, a press release said.
The nomination, “ORNL Water Resource Management Minimizes Quantity and Maximizes Quality,” described the lab’s integrated approach to water resource management “from minimizing use and maximizing reuse to maximizing quality,” the release said.
ORNL’s water conservation program reduced water use and waste water generation by more than 288 million gallons per year in Fiscal Year 2011, saving more than $388,000, the release said.
It also said ORNL’s energy efficiency manager, Greg Palko, received an exceptional service-sustainability champion award for his work in improving energy performance and saving energy at ORNL. His activities at ORNL include work on the lab’s TEAM proposal and projects and efforts that have contributed to a 19.6 percent energy intensity reduction and a 6.6 percent water usage reduction at ORNL.
The awards were presented recently at DOE headquarters in Washington, D.C.