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EM Shines with Five DOE Sustainability Awards

March 31, 2014 - 12:00pm

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Chuck Oldham, IT infrastructure manager at URS | CH2M Oak Ridge

Chuck Oldham, IT infrastructure manager at URS | CH2M Oak Ridge

DOE Sustainability Champion David Wolfe

DOE Sustainability Champion David Wolfe

Chuck Oldham, IT infrastructure manager at URS | CH2M Oak Ridge
DOE Sustainability Champion David Wolfe

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM was selected for five DOE 2013 Sustainability Awards that recognize individual and group efforts at the Oak Ridge, Savannah River and Portsmouth sites.

The annual awards program highlights DOE achievements that 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 Update will feature the EM winners here and the newsletter’s April issue. This issue focuses on the Oak Ridge and Savannah River Site (SRS) awards in the category of Exceptional Service/Sustainability Champion for outstanding individual efforts. Next month, EM Update covers the awards Portsmouth, Oak Ridge and SRS received in comprehensive greenhouse gas emissions management, waste reduction and pollution prevention, and fleet management categories.

All five of EM’s award winning projects cut hundreds of thousands of carbon emissions, lowered energy use, diverted thousands of metric tons of construction and demolition debris, allowed for more efficient fleets, and provided cost savings. These efforts helped EM exceed sustainability commitments and the goal of improving sustainable operations. In 2013, EM lowered energy intensity by 42 percent and reduced greenhouse gas emissions from purchased electricity and from sources owned or controlled by EM sites by more than 54 percent. That drop of over 54 percent is equivalent to annual greenhouse gas emissions from 101,053 passenger vehicles.All five of EM’s award winning projects cut hundreds of thousands of carbon emissions, lowered energy use, diverted thousands of metric tons of construction and demolition debris, allowed for more efficient fleets, and provided cost savings. These efforts helped EM exceed sustainability commitments and the goal of improving sustainable operations. In 2013, EM lowered energy intensity by 42 percent and reduced greenhouse gas emissions from purchased electricity and from sources owned or controlled by EM sites by more than 54 percent. That drop of over 54 percent is equivalent to annual greenhouse gas emissions from 101,053 passenger vehicles.

Recognized for providing consistent leadership in sustainability initiatives, EM’s Exceptional Service/Sustainability Champions are David Wolfe, the Sustainability Program manager at SRS, and Chuck Oldham, the IT infrastructure manager at URS | CH2M Oak Ridge, the prime contractor for the EM program at Oak Ridge.

Oldham contributed to Oak Ridge’s success by purchasing energy friendly electronics products, recycling, and reducing power and cooling needs by consolidating a datacenter. The virtualization of the datacenter resulted in significant savings for hardware and power and cooling costs and eliminated server sprawl and underutilization. Oak Ridge’s East Tennessee Technology Park estimated the savings at $612,000 in hardware costs and $119,000 in annual energy costs. This is equivalent to planting 2,824 trees, getting 160 cars off the highway, or reducing annual carbon dioxide emissions by 1.8 million pounds. 

Wolfe has worked with many personnel and organizations across SRS to exceed the site’s goals to expand renewable energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy intensity. Through various Energy Savings Performance Contracts, SRS replaced the site’s coal-fired power plants with four new energy-efficient biomass plants for steam and electricity production. These projects have reduced pollutants, including over 100,000 tons per year of carbon dioxide emissions, which are equivalent to emissions from 20,800 passenger vehicles. The projects also lowered river water use by 1.4 billion gallons per year. EM’s extraordinary efforts helped DOE exceed pollution reduction goals set by the White House.

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