A deputy director at Oak Ridge National Laboratory will discuss the lab’s award-winning sustainability program during a Tuesday luncheon lecture.
The presentation by Melissa Voss Lapsa, deputy director of ORNL’s Building Technologies Research and Integration Center, starts at noon Tuesday at the University of Tennessee Resource Center on Oak Ridge Turnpike.
Lapsa has more than 18 years of experience conducting market research, policy analysis, and institutional and consumer behavior research aimed at deploying cost-effective energy-efficient technologies, a press release said. In addition, Lapsa leads the ORNL Sustainable Campus Initiative. The goal of that initiative is to integrate energy and resource efficiency, cutting-edge technologies, operational and business processes, and institutional behavior to achieve sustainability at work, home, and in the community, the release said.
From 1996-1998, Ms. Lapsa was on assignment from ORNL to the Netherlands Agency for Energy and the Environment, or NOVEM.
The release said ORNL SCI has won three important awards recently for the lab, beginning with the distinguished GreenGov Presidential Award–Good Neighbor award for work with Indian River State College to create a sustainable campus and for the key role in the development of an electric vehicle charging corridor across the state to Tennessee. ORNL also received the U.S. Department of Energy’s Federal Energy Management Program’s 2013 Federal Energy and Water Management Award for exceptional accomplishments in energy, water, and fleet management in the federal sector.
Additionally, ORNL was recognized by the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry for Outstanding Achievement for Air Quality, recognizing the ORNL SCI’s holistic approach to the lab’s sustainable efforts such as greenhouse gas management/operational Biomass Steam Plant, the press release said.
The meeting location in Oak Ridge is the UT Resource Center, the white-colored building at 1201 Oak Ridge Turnpike (State Highway 95) between Taco Bell and Applebee’s at the intersection of the Turnpike and Rutgers Ave (at Traffic Light #7).
Tuesday’s meeting of the Friends of ORNL starts with socializing and coffee at 11 a.m., and an $8 catered lunch at 11:30 a.m. Business items will be taken up at 11:50 a.m., and there will be a question-and-answer session from 12:45 p.m. to 1 p.m.