Award ceremony (left to right): Melvin G. Williams, Jr., Associate Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE); Mary Sizemore, Environmental Management System (EMS) Coordinator, Office of Legacy Management (LM) contractor; Tracy Ribeiro, EMS Coordinator, LM; Tom Pauling, Director of Site Operations, LM; Dave Geiser, Director, LM; and Jennifer MacDonald, Director, Sustainability Performance Office, DOE.
LM was one of 20 winners selected to receive a DOE 2012 Sustainability Award in September 2012. LM’s submission, titled “Not Just Your Average EMS,” was entered under the category of Environmental Management Systems.
The Office of Legacy Management (LM) was one of 20 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) organizations to receive a DOE 2012 Sustainability Award on September 27, 2012. The 20 winners were selected from among 137 submissions by a panel of judges that included representatives from DOE and General Services Administration. LM’s submission, titled “Not Just Your Average EMS,” was entered under the category of Environmental Management Systems, or EMS. This category recognized the most effective and innovative programs to implement EMS at Federal facilities in accordance with Executive Order 13148, Greening the Government Through Leadership in Environmental Management. The submissions were evaluated on the organization’s implementation of facility-level EMS, which should include measurable environmental goals, objectives, and targets; full integration of the EMS into the infrastructure and culture of the site/facility, including management performance, and decision-making processes; and use of quantitative or qualitative consideration of the full range (cradle to grave) of environmental costs and impacts of certain activities or procurement.
The LM EMS is unique in that LM and the Legacy Management Support contractor have joint responsibility. The scope of the EMS covers 57 LM employees and 373 contractor employees. LM’s EMS is an employee-driven, cross-cutting system that is integrated into all activities, no matter how small. Even though LM’s mission entails performing a wide range of jobs at sites across the nation with a relatively small work force, LM manages to function as one systematic entity to keep workers safe, protect the public and the environment, and serve as good stewards.