Innovative thinkers across the Nuclear Security Enterprise were recently recognized for their outstanding contributions in sustainability at this year’s Energy Exchange and Better Buildings Summit in Cleveland.
Sponsored by the Department of Energy’s Sustainability Performance Office, the Annual Sustainability Awards honor efficient and long-lasting solutions that improve infrastructure, conserve taxpayer dollars, and ultimately fulfill vital missions.
“NNSA is experiencing more change to its mission and operations than most, if not all of us, have experienced before. To meet mission challenges, we must integrate environmental impact and life-cycle thinking into our infrastructure decisions. These sustainability award winners embody the tenacity, creativity, and continuous improvement needed to face the challenges of tomorrow,”
McConnell’s office oversees sustainability for NNSA. In a special ceremony following the three-day event, NNSA team members won five out of the eight awards, and three of the four honorable mentions.
Patricia (Pat) Gallagher from Los Alamos National Laboratory was recognized posthumously as a Sustainability Champion for her decades of dedication. For more than 20 years, she integrated sustainability concepts into various programs and initiatives. Gallagher established the full implementation of the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System, created a pollution-prevention awards program, and ensured engineering staff were trained in green buildings. She directly contributed to the incorporation of sustainability into engineering and building standards. Gallagher also inspired others with her positive attitude and drive to always be improving, and leaves a legacy of results through partnership at LANL.
Frank McHenry from Y-12 National Security Complex was named a Sustainability Champion for his successful implementation of energy savings performance contracts in coordination with the Y-12 Management & Operating contractor. These contracts are used to help complete infrastructure projects. With Frank’s tireless commitment and frequent overtime, Y-12 will save $7.7 million, 240 million gallons of water, and more than 340 billion British thermal units of energy.
Sandia National Laboratories’ “Bicycle Commuter Group Makes Strides” project received an honorable mention in the Sustainability Champion category.
Nevada National Security Site’s “Fleet, Fuel and Equipment Services Department” project was named Outstanding Sustainability Program/ Project.
Kevin Carroll, DOE Sustainability Performance Office (left), presented Doug Trone and Patrice Claxton of Nevada National Security Site with the Outstanding Sustainability Program/ Project Award for “Fleet, Fuel and Equipment Services Department”. Their team also includes: Rick Medina, J.P. Martinez, Aaron Barrie, Brent Nordin, Michael Smith, James Stedeford, Jody Taylor, Jason Vandeman, Robert Young, and Steven J. Lawrence
An Innovative Approach to Sustainability award went to Livermore’s “Fleet of Sedans Goes Electric” project with an honorable mention going to Los Alamos’ “Biobased Lubricant Used in Metal Cutting Operations Identified as Waste Diversion Strategy” project.
“Congratulations to all the award winners—their sustainable solutions will have a direct and positive effect on NNSA for decades to come,” McConnell said.
The Energy Exchange and Better Buildings Summit had more than 3,000 attendees from the public and private sector. Thought leaders came from all 50 states and from overseas installations to attend technical training workshops, interactive panels, and networking sessions. Their shared goal: to accelerate the adoption of energy and water efficiency best practices, integrated resilience, emerging and secure technologies, and replicable renewable energy solutions.