WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today congratulated five of its sites for receiving Environmental Sustainability (EStar) awards from the Department of Energy (DOE). The awards recognize projects that demonstrate excellence in pollution prevention and sustainable environmental stewardship.
“These awards reflect NNSA’s commitment to improving energy efficiency across the nuclear security enterprise,” said Ken Powers, Associate Administrator for Infrastructure and Environment at NNSA. “The fact that five of our sites were recognized for exemplary environmental sustainability practices demonstrates the success of our efforts to transform a Cold War nuclear weapons complex into a modern, efficient 21st century nuclear security enterprise.”
EStar awards highlight environmental sustainability projects and programs that reduce environmental impacts, enhance site operations, reduce costs and demonstrate excellence in pollution prevention and sustainable environmental stewardship. The five NNSA sites were presented with a plaque for these projects at the Green Gov Conference in Washington, D.C.
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory was recognized for its Water Conservation Test Bed Project, which collected and transported between 90,000 and 210,000 gallons of rainwater per year from a non-industrial rooftop to underground storage tanks, significantly decreasing the amount of potable water used for irrigation. The system's flexible design allows for future expansion and an anticipated 50 percent reduction in potable water use.
At Los Alamos National Laboratory, the CMR RLUOB Integrating Planning, Design, Procurement and Construction project was honored for achieving the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification as a specific requirement in the design and build sub-contract awarded for the Radiological Laboratory/Utility/Office Building (RLUOB). Integrating sustainability practices into the contract should ensure LEED Certification of the RLUOB which hosts 19,500 square feet of radiological laboratory space, office space for 350 employees, and incident command and emergency response capabilities.
NNSA’s Pantex Plant was recognized for identifying and implementing opportunities for improved mission and environmental performance results from environmental management systems (EMS) “aspects analyses.” Team members with different backgrounds review plant activities to identify opportunities to reduce environmental impacts and operate more efficiently. Ideas offered by team members helped reduce the plant's water usage by 18 million gallons in FY 2009.
Sandia National Laboratories received its award in recognition of its successful efforts to increase the use and purchase of recycled electronic components. Sandia set and exceeded an ambitious target of having 80 percent of all applicable electronics equipment purchases be Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) - certified gold. This included procuring a power management system for its 20,000 networked computers and monitors, and recycling and reusing 56 and 125 metric tons of electronics, respectively.
At Y-12 National Security Complex, the site’s Sustainability and Stewardship Program helped transform Y-12 into a greener and leaner operation. By consolidating pollution prevention, recycling, and materials and chemical management functions into the Sustainability and Stewardship Organization Y-12 was able to maximize integrating source reduction, reuse, and recycling throughout the complex. The payoff is complex-wide support for sustainable practices as customers realize savings in material and waste management costs.
Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science in the nation's national security enterprise. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability, and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; reduces the global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad.