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September 2012

In keeping with NNSA’s commitment to improving the way it does business, being more efficient with energy and water resources, while being responsible to the environment, NNSA today congratulated its sites and labs for receiving the 2012 DOE Sustainability Awards.


Department of Energy Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman said that sustainability award winners are leading by example, showing what’s possible when employees bring creativity, innovation, and dedication to their efforts to make DOE more sustainable. 


In addition to NNSA improving its way of doing business through sustainability, benefits accrue to efforts not typically thought of as sustainability related, such as improving safety and health and saving money.


NNSA and Environment Management recipients of DOE’s Sustainability Awards are as follows (laboratory/site, title and employees):



  • Los Alamos National Laboratory: Ronnie Garcia – Master of Minimization (Ronnie Garcia)

  • Pantex: Implementing Sustainability at the Pantex Firing Range (Janice Clark, Michael James, Gary Moore, Jared Brown, David Pierce, Gene Ferris, Bill Cover, Jennifer Simms, Joe Grzelakowski, Mike Lowery, Ray Darwin, David Sanchez, Debbie McLaughlin, and William A. Morgan)

  • Sandia National Laboratories: Server Virtualization at SNL/NM – Life Cycle Improvement (Laura Lenberg, Ray Garcia, Joseph Maestas, Phil Kuhlman, Scott Rogers, Phil Cox, Kelly Rogers, and John Zepper)

  • Savannah River Site: SRS Biomass Steam and Co-generation Project (Steve Hamlett, James DeMass, Teresa Tomac, Mary-Ellen Noone, Augie Maniez, and Donell Jenkins; SRNS:  Richard Hopkins, Buford Beavers, Lynn Mouring, Joe Black, and David Wolfe; Ameresco:  Nicole Bulgarino, Ken Chacey, Victor Skalak, and Clinton Sandmel)

  • Savannah River Site: SRS Moving Beyond Pump and Treat for cVOC Remediation (M. Phillip Prater; SRNS:  Brian D. Riha, Brian B. Looney, Jay V. Noonkester, W. Keith Hyde, Gerald C. Blount, and Alvin G. Morrow)

  • Savannah River Site: SRS - An Innovative Approach for In-Situ Detection of Mercury in Soils and Sediments (Ann Thomas; Dennis G. Jackson, Carol Eddy-Dilek, Brian B. Looney and Warren (Keith) Hyde, Carrie Miller and Eric Pierce)

  • Y-12 National Security Complex: Reaching Beyond – Y-12 Sustainability Outreach (Darrel Kohlhorst, Ken Ivey, Jim Donnelly, Bob Warther, Steve Little, Paul Wasilko, Jan Jackson, Amy Alley, Ellen Boatner, Alice Brandon, and David Keim)

  • Y-12 National Security Complex: Y-12 Targeted Excess Materials (TEM) Program Pursues Sustainable Disposition Paths (Sam Brown, Steve Buffalo, Nathan Cole, Pam Davis, James Donnelly, Dartis Francis, Terry Ferguson, Max Galyon, Tafonda Griffin, Chuck Heatherly, Jan Jackson, Kyle Leinhans, Diane McDaniel, Rich Meehan, Larry Osborne, Bernard Phifer, Rose Reich, Harvey Rice, Bill Rogerson, Blake Scott, Kenny Self, Ben Watts, and Jeanette Widman)

Award recipients

NNSA Office of Nuclear Weapons Stockpile Director Joseph Oder recently visited the Y-12 National Security Complex to present Defense Programs Awards of Excellence. Fifteen teams consisting of some 275 Y-12 federal and contractor employees were recognized. Joining Oder (center) to present the awards was Mark Padilla, NNSA Production Office Assistant Manager for Programs and Projects (right) and Joe Henry, Chief Operating Officer of B&W Y-12. The ceremony was held at Y-12’s New Hope Center. The awards are given annually to recognize significant achievements in quality, productivity, cost savings, safety or creativity in support of NNSA’s nuclear weapons program.

The U.S. Geological Survey turned to Sandia National Laboratories for help when the earth opened up last month near Bayou Corne, La.

Sandia’s David Borns is providing technical evaluations in weekly teleconferences about possible causes and remedies for a 300-foot-wide sinkhole there.

The sinkhole opened up overnight on Aug. 2 off the western edge of the salt dome near Bayou Corne. It was reportedly originally about 300 feet deep, but Borns said only one part was that deep; the rest was about 50 feet deep.

Read about Sandia’s work.

NNSA Blog

NNSA BlogSandia researcher Greg Nielson is “one of the 10 most promising young scientists working today,” says Popular Science magazine.

Nielson garnered one of the magazine’s “Brilliant 10” awards for helping lead the Sandia effort to create solar cells the size of glitter.

Past Brilliant 10 honorees have gone on to win the Fields Medal (considered the Nobel Prize of mathematics) and MacArthur Foundation “genius” awards. Nielson and the other 2012 award winners will be featured in the October issue of Popular Science, available in late September.

Read about Nielson’s work.

PHOTO:
Greg Nielson, Sandia photovoltaic researcher. (Photo by Randy Montoya, Sandia National Laboratories)

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