B&W Y-12 recently received two U.S. Department of Energy Sustainability Awards at a ceremony during the 2012 GreenGov Symposium in Washington, D.C.
The award recognizes innovation and excellence in sustainability, pollution prevention, and environmental sustainability stewardship efforts within DOE, a press release said. An independent panel chose Y-12 from about 137 nominations for two of this yearâ€™s 20 awards.
â€œTodayâ€™s Sustainability Award winners are leading by example, showing whatâ€™s possible when employees bring creativity, innovation, and dedication to their efforts to make the Department of Energy more sustainable,â€ DOE Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman said. â€œThe efforts undertaken by these individuals and teams are helping the department to deliver on President Obamaâ€™s sustainability goals, while inspiring others both inside and outside of government to start investing in cost-saving clean energy technologies.â€
Y-12â€™s awards were:
- Reaching Beyondâ€”Y-12 Sustainability Outreach, which included collaborative outreach activities within the Y-12 complex, in the local community, and at the national level, and
- Y-12 Targeted Excess Materials Program Pursues Sustainable Disposition Paths, which addresses hard-to-disposition excess legacy materials, critical and strategic materials and equipment.
As part of the award-winning outreach activities, the Sustainability and Stewardship Program held for the second year a round-up of employeesâ€™ personal electronic equipment using e-Cycle, a local company that recycles or finds new homes for unwanted electronics, to help gather some 685 pieces of equipment and keeping more than 4,700 pounds of material from waste disposal.
A new addition to this yearâ€™s event, the Michael Dunn Center Work Programs, a local workshop for those with developmental disabilities, was on-site to accept personal non-work-related paperwork for shredding. The event had 1,124 pounds of paper bypassing the landfill and being recycled.
â€œWeâ€™re happy to offer this service to Y-12 employees and subcontractors,â€ said B&W Y-12 Sustainability and Stewardship Program Manager Jan Jackson. â€œIt allows us to help employees who graciously help our programs throughout the year.â€
Efforts such as the equipment round-up have helped Y-12 rise this year to the Gold Level in the Environmental Protection Agencyâ€™s Federal Electronics Challenge.