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Society of Toxicology Announces 2015 Best Toxicological Paper Award

Read the full story from the Society of Toxicology.

Scientists from the US Environmental Protection Agency, Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences, and Bruce Allen Consulting are being honored for publishing the best paper in Toxicological Sciences during the 12 months preceding the 2015 award’s selection. The 2015 SOT Board of Publications Award for the Best Paper in Toxicological Sciences is being bestowed by the Society of Toxicology (SOT) — the world’s largest and preeminent association representing the field of toxicology — on a paper published in the July 2013 issue (Volume 134, No. 1) of the journal, titled “Temporal Concordance Between Apical and Transcriptional Points of Departure for Chemical Risk Assessment.” (Thomas RS, Wesselkamper SC, Wang NCY, Zhao QJ, Petersen DD, Lambert JC, Cote I, Yang L, Healy E, Black MB, Clewell HJ, Allen BC, Andersen ME. Toxicol Sci. 2013 Jul; 134(1): 180–194. doi:10.1093/toxsci/kft094)

6 U.S. Communities Recognized as Climate Action Champions for Leadership on Climate Change

From deep droughts to fierce wildfires, severe storms to rising seas, communities across the United States are already grappling with the impacts of extreme weather and climate change. Faced with these new challenges, many cities, towns, counties, and tribes in every region of the country are stepping up to cut carbon pollution, deploy more clean energy, boost energy efficiency, and build resilience in their communities to climate impacts.

That is why earlier this fall the White House launched the Climate Action Champions competition, to identify and recognize local climate leaders and to provide targeted Federal support to help those communities further raise their ambitions. Following a competitive process led by the Department of Energy (DOE), today the Administration is announcing 16 communities from around the country as the first cohort of Climate Action Champions.

The Obama Administration is committed to taking decisive action to combat climate change. Just last month, to drive international discussions leading up to the 2015 climate negotiations in Paris, President Obama made an historic joint announcement with Chinese President Xi Jinping of each country’s respective targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the post-2020 period. Building on the United States’ bipartisan history of supporting financing for clean energy and climate adaptation in developing countries, the President also announced the United States’ $3 billion commitment to the Green Climate Fund.

But international leadership begins at home, which is why the Obama Administration is continuing to partner with state and local governments, businesses, and philanthropic organizations to make progress on climate change in the United States. Building on the Administration’s work with the State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, which delivered its recommendations to the President on November 17, and the selection of the Climate Action Champions this week, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy launched a new Climate Education and Literacy Initiative, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the White House collaborated on the fourth in a series of local climate resilience exercises in Hampton Roads, Virginia.

Climate Action Champions. From creating climate-smart building codes to installing green infrastructure to setting targets for reducing energy consumption, the 16 local and tribal communities selected as Climate Action Champions have considered their climate vulnerabilities and taken decisive action to cut carbon pollution and build resilience. In addition to being designated as the first cohort of Climate Action Champions, the selected communities will benefit from facilitated peer-to-peer learning and mentorship and targeted support from a range of Federal programs. Furthermore, a coordinator will be provided to each Climate Action Champion to foster coordination and communication across the Federal agencies, national organizations, and foundations in support of the Champions. The coordinator will also assist efforts to raise awareness of funding and technical assistance opportunities that are available specifically for Climate Action Champions.

The 16 designated Climate Action Champions represent a diverse group of communities that are defining the frontier of ambitious climate action, and their approaches can serve as a model for other communities to follow. They are:

  • Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe (CA): The Blue Lake Rancheria, a Federally recognized tribal government, began its strategic climate action plan in 2008 and is a regional leader in strategically planning and implementing both climate resiliency and greenhouse gas reduction measures. To date, the Tribe has reduced energy consumption by 35 percent and has committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2018, utilizing a range of approaches including the use of biodiesel to power public buses and aggressive energy efficiency measures.
  • Boston (MA): The City of Boston has committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 10 percent by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050. The city is the first in the region to adopt Green Building Zoning, add climate resilience to the large new construction review process, and work with utilities on a regional microgrid. Additionally, Boston implemented a “Green Ribbon Commission,” which represents businesses, non-profits, and community leaders from a variety of sectors working to develop shared strategies for fighting climate change in coordination with the city’s Climate Action Plan.
  • Broward County (FL): Broward County, a member of the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact, a regional partnership of four counties (Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Palm Beach) to advance climate mitigation and adaptation strategies, has committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 2 percent per year, reaching a 10 percent reduction target by 2020, and 80 percent by 2050.
  • Dubuque (IA): The City of Dubuque has adopted greenhouse gas emission reduction targets of 50 percent below 2003 levels by 2030. Alongside these aggressive targets, the flood prone community of Dubuque is focused on risk reduction and resilience, especially as it relates to development and redevelopment of community infrastructure.
  • Knoxville (TN): The City of Knoxville has set a short-term greenhouse gas emission reduction target of 20 percent below 2005 levels by 2020. In order to execute on that target, the city developed a planning process that engages major stakeholders, including utilities and community grassroots organizations, and formalizes efforts to integrate energy provision, utilization, procurement, waste, and urban/agricultural use into the city’s Energy and Sustainability Work Plan.
  • Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (DC, MD, and VA): The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) developed the National Capital Region Climate Change Report, demonstrating a fully integrated approach to climate change mitigation and outlining goals in the areas of greenhouse gas emissions, renewable energy, transportation and land use, sustainability and resilience, and infrastructure. The COG is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050. As a Climate Action Champion, the COG plans to establish an innovative Climate Champions Training Initiative to disseminate the Federal technical assistance and resources it receives to stakeholders across the region.
  • Mid-America Regional Council (KS and MO): The Mid-America Regional Council, a nonprofit association of city and county governments and the metropolitan planning organization for the bi-state Kansas City region, proposed the creation of a regional Resilience Working Group. Through leadership, planning, and action, the Mid-America Regional Council promotes regional cooperation and innovative solutions and seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2 percent per year.
  • Minneapolis (MN): The City of Minneapolis developed the Minneapolis Climate Action Plan, which includes greenhouse gas emission reduction targets of 15 percent by 2015, 30 percent by 2025, and 80 percent by 2050. The city has partnered with two utilities, Xcel Energy and Center Point Energy, to jointly plan, market, implement, and track strategies to meet climate and energy goals.
  • Montpelier (VT): Earlier this year, the City of Montpelier launched Net Zero Montpelier, a major initiative focused on making Montpelier the first effectively carbon-neutral capital city in the country by the year 2030. The city has demonstrated its leadership and innovation in climate mitigation and resilience by creating the first energy efficiency utility and the first standard offer program, and by making a commitment to eliminate fossil fuel use across all sectors.
  • Oberlin (OH): The City of Oberlin has developed a climate change mitigation and resilience plan for power production, solid waste, and transportation, utilizing an innovative and collaborative model that includes partnerships between the town, the University, the utility, industry, and international, national, and regional non-profits. The city established aggressive greenhouse gas reduction targets of 50 percent by 2015, 75 percent by 2030, and 100 percent by 2050.
  • Portland (OR): The City of Portland is a regional leader for greenhouse gas reduction and climate change mitigation. With support from 20 agency partners, Portland’s 2015 Climate Action Plan is a strategy to put the city on a path to achieve an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to 1990 levels.
  • Salt Lake City (UT): Salt Lake City developed a comprehensive and well-integrated portfolio of programs and policies, including renewable energy, transportation, code revisions, water systems, and building policies as priorities. The city established a joint resolution to reduce its carbon footprint by 20 percent below 2005 levels by 2020, and 50 percent below 2020 levels by 2040.
  • San Francisco (CA): The city of San Francisco has established some of the most aggressive climate and sustainability targets in the nation, covering a broad range of sectors, including energy efficiency, renewable energy, transportation, water, green infrastructure, and waste. With robust goals to measure progress, San Francisco aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2017, and 40 percent by 2025.
  • Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians (MI): The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians demonstrates a holistic approach to climate action and preparedness through their energy strategy, emergency operations plan, integrated resource management plan, solid waste management plan, sustainable development code, and land use planning process, with ambitious goals including a net-zero energy goal. The tribe aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 4 percent per year.
  • Seattle (WA): Adopted in June 2013, Seattle’s Climate Action Plan focuses on city actions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance resilience while also supporting vibrant neighborhoods, economic prosperity, and social equity. The plan aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2017, and by 40 percent by 2025.
  • Sonoma County Regional Climate Protection Authority (CA): The Sonoma County Regional Climate Protection Authority (RCPA) is the nation’s first local government agency created specifically to address climate change. The RCPA has committed to pursue a 25 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels through formal partnerships, pooling resources (financial and human), and working across silos.

Today, the Administration also announced new resilience funding opportunities available to local communities across the country, including those designated as Climate Action Champions:

  • Funding for Smart Grid Technologies: DOE announced that up to $3.5 million will be available through the Resilient Electricity Delivery Infrastructure (REDI) Initiative Funding Opportunity Announcement to help communities deploy pre-commercial and commercial smart grid technologies and tools that will help decision makers and resource managers to improve the recovery of electricity delivery services in their communities. The Funding Opportunity Announcement focuses on local and tribal governments that have experienced a Presidentially Declared Major Disaster in the past 30 years.
  • Funding for Resilient Coastal Communities: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will be releasing up to $15 million for a Coastal Resilience Grant Program. The program will implement activities that build the resilience of forward-looking coastal communities and nearby ecosystems with the goal of mitigating the negative impacts of extreme weather events, climate hazards, and changing ocean conditions.

Specific examples of Federal support that will be available to the winning communities include:

  • Data for Decision-Making: Champions will be provided with validated climate science, data, vulnerability assessments, and risk projection tools needed to make smart planning decisions in their communities and receive technical assistance in using the tools. This support will be provided through programs within NOAA, the Department of the Interior (DOI), the Department of Agriculture (USDA), and FEMA, among other agencies.
  • Adaptation, Preparedness, and Resilience Exercises: Champions will have the opportunity to participate in FEMA-supported tabletop exercises. Participating communities will assess hazard mitigation and resilience planning already underway to prepare for extreme weather events and other effects of a changing climate.
  • Peer Network: Champions will have online and in-person access to lessons learned from the Administration’s Sustainable Communities Initiative, a $250 million investment in regions doing long-range planning for environmental, economic, and climate resilience in more than 140 communities nationwide.
  • Access to Renewable Energy Experts: DOE’s SunShot Initiative will work with Champions through two programs. First, the Solar Outreach Partnership will help Champions to accelerate solar energy adoption at the local level through a mix of educational workshops, peer-to-peer sharing opportunities, research-based reports, and online resources. Second, the Solar Technical Assistance Team at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will bring together solar experts to provide Champions with unbiased information on solar policies and issues in order to facilitate the development of a market for solar photovoltaic technologies.
  • Tribal-Focused Technical Assistance: Tribal communities designated as Champions will be offered the chance to participate in the DOE Office of Indian Energy Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) program,  an in-depth technical assistance program, as well as other targeted technical assistance and capacity building programs designed to help develop energy and resiliency planning and project development support for clean energy and energy efficiency projects.
  • Resilience Partnership with Federal Facilities: Where possible, Champions will be able to participate in new preparedness pilots that are designed to pair local or tribal communities with nearby Federal facility partners to assess expected local climate impacts and develop plans to address them cooperatively. These would be modeled after two pilots that President Obama announced on July 16, in which the City of Houston is working with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA’s) Johnson Space Center and the State of Colorado is working with the NREL.

Climate Education and Literacy Initiative. The Administration is also launching a new Climate Education and Literacy Initiative to help connect American students and citizens with the best available science-based information about climate change. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is hosting a roundtable at the White House today, bringing together education leaders from government, academia, philanthropies, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector to discuss efforts to increase student learning opportunities; equip educators with science-based information and resources; enhance climate-related professional development and training; and engage citizens through place-based and informal climate education. Today’s launch of the Initiative includes a host of exciting new commitments by Federal agencies and outside organizations to develop and deploy innovative climate education approaches aimed at educating and engaging students and citizens of all ages. Examples of these commitments include:

  • A new Federal program to train senior government executives as climate leaders;
  • A new training program by the American Meteorological Society and partners to train faculty from Minority Serving Institutions to introduce climate science courses onto their campuses;
  • An announcement by the Earth Day Network that the 2015 Earth Week will focus on climate education; and
  • Plans supported by the Will Steger Foundation for more than a dozen public forums and educator workshops across the State of Minnesota to share credible information about climate change.

More information about the Climate Education announcement can be found here.

Hampton Roads Pilot Project. The Administration also announced that a one-day exercise was offered yesterday at Old Dominion University in support of an intergovernmental pilot project created by the Hampton Roads community. The exercise was a component of the National Exercise Program Climate Change Preparedness and Resilience Exercise Series, sponsored by the White House National Security Council, the Council on Environmental Quality, and the Office of Science and Technology Policy, and supported by the National Exercise Division. The Hampton Roads pilot project seeks to develop a regional government- and community-wide approach to sea level rise preparedness and resilience planning that can also be used as a template for other regions. This fall, similar preparedness and resilience exercises were held in Houston, Texas, Fort Collins, Colorado, and Anchorage, Alaska.

SERDP and ESTCP Announce 2014 Projects of the Year

Congratulations to the SERDP and ESTCP 2014 Projects of the Year, recognized for outstanding research and technology developments that will benefit the Department of Defense (DoD). These efforts are helping DoD enhance its mission capabilities, improve its environmental and energy performance, and reduce costs.

SERDP Projects of the Year

Environmental Restoration
Basic Research Addressing Contaminants in Low Permeability Zones
Dr. Tom Sale, Colorado State University
Project Highlights

Munitions Response
Decision Support Tools for Munitions Response Performance Prediction and Risk Assessment
Dr. Laurens Beran, Black Tusk Geophysics
Project Highlights

Resource Conservation and Climate Change
Shoreline Evolution and Coastal Resiliency at Two Military Installations: Investigating the Potential for and Impacts of Loss of Protecting Barriers
Dr. Rob L. Evans, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Project Highlights

Weapons Systems and Platforms
Design-of-Experiment Approach to Hydrogen Re-Embrittlement Evaluation
Mr. Scott M. Grendahl, U.S. Army Research Laboratory
Project Highlights

ESTCP Projects of the Year

Energy and Water
Rapid Building Assessment
Mr. Swapnil Shah, FirstFuel Software
Project Highlights

Environmental Restoration
Use of On-Site Gas Chromatograph/Mass Spectrometer and Compound-Specific Stable Isotope Analysis to Distinguish Between Vapor Intrusion and Indoor Sources of VOCs
Dr. Thomas McHugh, GSI Environmental Inc.
Project Highlights

Munitions Response
Hand-Held Electromagnetic Induction Sensor for Cued UXO Discrimination
Man-Portable Electromagnetic Induction Array for UXO Detection and Discrimination
Dr. Dan Steinhurst, Nova Research, Inc.
Dr. Tom Bell, Leidos
Mr. Glenn Harbaugh, Nova Research, Inc.
Project Highlights

Weapons Systems and Platforms
Electrodeposition of Nanocrystalline Cobalt-Phosphorus (nCo-P) Coatings as a Hard Chrome Alternative
Mr. Ruben A. Prado and Mr. Jack Benfer, Naval Air Systems Command Jacksonville
Project Highlights

EPA Calls for Nominations for 20th Annual Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced its call for nominations for the 2015 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards for companies or institutions that have developed a new process or product that helps protect public health and the environment.

“The Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge is an opportunity for EPA to recognize green solutions and help solve critical environmental problems,” said Jim Jones, EPA’s Assistant Administrator for Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. “Green chemistry is about designing products and processes that reduce energy, chemicals and water waste while cutting manufacturing costs, and sparking investments. Ultimately, these chemicals and products are safer for people’s health and the environment. This year, EPA is excited to be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the awards.”

Nominations for innovative technologies in six categories are due to the agency by December 31, 2014. The categories are: academic; small business; greener synthetic pathways; greener reaction conditions and designing greener chemicals; and a new category for climate change. The awardees will be honored at a ceremony in Washington D.C., in July 2015.

Since the inception of the awards 20 years ago, EPA has received more than 1500 nominations and presented awards to 98 technologies. It has resulted in the reduction of more than 826 million pounds of hazardous chemicals and solvents, savings of 21 billion gallons of water, and elimination of 7.8 billion pounds of carbon dioxide releases to air.

More information on past award winners and how to submit entries may be found at:

2015 R&D 100 Awards entries now open

The editors of R&D Magazine have announced the opening of the 2015 R&D 100 Awards entry process.

The R&D 100 Awards have a 50 plus year history of awarding the 100 most technologically significant products of the year. Past winners have included sophisticated testing equipment, innovative new materials, chemistry breakthroughs, biomedical products, consumer items, high-energy physics and more. The R&D 100 Awards span industry, academia and government-sponsored research.

This year we have made the entry form shorter and simpler from the last year’s already overhauled version. That means less questions and more time to enter your products.

Download/Register Entry Form

What products qualify?
Any new technical product or process that was first available for purchase or licensing between January 1, 2014, and December 31, 2014, is eligible for the 2015 awards. This includes manufacturing processes such as machining, open source software, new types of materials or chemicals and consumer-level products such as cameras. Proof-of-concepts and early-stage prototypes don’t quality, however; the submitted entry must be in working, marketable condition.

Early bird deadline
Early bird deadline for the R&D 100 Awards is January 16, 2015. Don’t miss this opportunity to get editor’s feedback early on your entry.

For more information on the 2015 R&D 100 Award entry process, please visit

Any questions: Please feel free to contact Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor, at

Submit an entry for the Best of Green Schools 2014

The end of the year is almost here, and the Center for Green Schools is excited to recognize the “Best of Green Schools” 2014 leaders: people, schools, campuses and organizations making a big difference in their communities.

If you know of significant strides made toward creating more sustainable schools in 2014, we want to hear from you! You can submit for yourself and nominate others.

Submit your nomination.

The deadline for submissions is Saturday, Nov. 22.

This year’s categories include:

  • K-12 School or District
  • Higher Ed Institution
  • Policy Maker (person)
  • Ambassador (person)
  • Community Event
  • Collaboration
  • Student Leadership
  • Business Leadership
  • Transformation
  • Moment for the Movement

Recipients will be announced in mid-December. Learn more and view last year’s recipients.

2014 GreenGov Presidential Award Winners

The GreenGov Presidential Awards celebrate extraordinary achievement in the pursuit of President Obama’s Executive Order on Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy and Economic Performance. They honor Federal civilian and military personnel, agency teams, agency projects and facilities, and agency programs that exemplify President Obama’s charge to lead by example towards a clean energy economy. The 2014 winners are listed below. See the Awards web site for winners from previous years.

2014 GreenGov Presidential Award Winners

Award Category: Building the Future Award

Project Name: Naval District Washington Comprehensive Energy Program
Agency: Department of Defense, U.S. Navy
Team Name: Naval District Washington 

In fiscal year 2013, the Department of Defense, Naval District Washington, developed a comprehensive energy and water management program that has reduced energy intensity by 25 percent relative to the 2003 baseline, reduced water intensity by 13 percent relative to the 2007 baseline, and completed 99 percent of Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) meter installation.  In addition, by employing state-of-the-art technologies such as geothermal energy and micro-wind turbines, LED lighting, and cellulose insulation, the Washington Navy Yard Visitor Center was recently certified as a net zero building.  Naval District Washington is also providing proof-of-concept for cyber-secure smart grid capabilities that have been deployed in concert with advanced metering, to allow operators to collect real-time consumption data down to the individual building level and use that information to improve building performance in real time.

Award Category: Climate Champion Award

Winner’s Name: William D. Goran
Agency: Department of Defense, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineer Research and Development Center

Bill Goran is universally recognized as a pioneer in helping agencies integrate consideration of the impacts and risks of climate change into their planning processes.  Mr. Goran’s work dates back to 2007 when he had the foresight to propose a technical focus area on climate change within the Center for the Advancement of Sustainability Innovations at the Engineer Research and Development Center.  In 2007 in an effort now considered ahead of its time, he co-founded with NASA the Interagency Forum on Climate Change Impacts and Adaptations that continues to provide a forum for the Federal community to discuss and share technical information and best practices related to impacts of climate change on Federal agencies resources and mission.  Mr. Goran has contributed to a number of efforts including development and implementation of climate change adaptation and response plans for organizations such as the Army Institute for Water Resources.  The effectiveness of Bill Goran’s leadership in the Interagency Forum and his success in ensuring incorporation of climate change consideration into Army climate change adaptation planning are a testament to his leadership and commitment.

Award Category: Green Dream Team Award

Project Name: DOT/DOE Federal Energy Management Program Strategic Sustainability Partnership
Agency: Department of Transportation and Department of Energy
Team Name: DOT/DOE Strategic Sustainability Partnership

In 2013, the Department of Transportation and the Department of Energy’s Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) formally agreed to create a strategic sustainability partnership.  The relationship worked for both parties; DOT received strategic assistance on sustainability and energy efforts and FEMP was able to refine its program for providing energy and sustainability assistance across the Federal community.  The partnership focused on three priority areas: 1) Energy Audits and Efficiency Improvements; 2) Vehicle Fleet Sustainability; and 3) Sustainable Buildings. Results help FEMP develop and test a new ‘desk audit’ tool which resulted in $1M in government savings and helped the Federal Aviation Administration increase facility evaluation nearly fourfold.  With FEMP assistance, DOT reduced total fuel consumption by 5 percent and increased alternative fuel consumption by 20 percent.  The partnership also allowed design of proposed airport control towers to be more energy and water efficient.  The success of this relationship is clearly a model for similar efforts across the Federal family.

Award Category: Green Innovation Award

Project Name: NIH Substances of Concern Reduction Initiative
Agency: Department of Health & Human Services, National Institutes of Health, Division of Environmental Protection
Team Name: NIH Division of Environmental Protection

Initially, the National Institutes of Health, Division of Environmental Protection established the Substances of Concern Reduction Initiative to help inform purchasing decisions for products used in its own facilities.  The initiative focused on increased emphasis on toxicity reduction and health aspects of products and services used in the Federal government and was designed to complement current Federal purchasing criteria by including consideration of direct human exposure.  The program resulted in a technology solution to inform a procurement of possible health, safety, security, and environmental impacts that may occur from general and specific uses.  The criteria in the Substances of Concern Reduction Initiative will provide examples and opportunities to improve purchasing decisions in other Federal agencies and promote healthcare cost avoidance.

Award Category: Lean, Clean, and Green Award

Project Name: Camp Lemonnier Energy Generation Reconfiguration Savings
Agency: Department of Defense, U.S. Navy
Facility Name: Camp Lemonnier

Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti, is the only U.S. military base in Africa.  It is located in an extremely challenging climatic environment and Camp power is provided solely by diesel generators on base.  The Camp Public Works Department recognized that opportunities for efficiency and improvements would support the Camp mission and they focused on improvements in machine efficiency and upgrades, operation of the base’s generators, power plants, air conditioning units, chilled water stations and water fountains, and reuse of water infrastructure. As a result, in fiscal year 2013, energy intensity was reduced by 13.5 percent relative to the 2003 baseline, and over 15 percent from 2012. The Camp successfully reduced actual energy consumption by 9 percent from 2012, resulting in a $2 million cost avoidance.  Through it sustainable water initiative, the Camp also achieved a 7 percent reduction in water intensity relative to 2012 and has eliminated the need for bottled water stations and an associated 10 million plastic water bottles annually.  Camp Lemonnier is on track to continue these improvements and looks forward to deploying other sustainable practices in the future.

Award Category: Sustainability Hero Award (TWO AWARDEES)

Winner’s Name: Joel B. Walker
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration

As Director of Center Operations for the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, Joel Walker has promoted a sustainability culture that permeates the entire organization.  Mr. Walker has developed and implemented a multifaceted sustainability management approach that has focused on areas of energy and water reduction, green purchasing, reducing the generation of hazardous waste and increased diversion from landfilling of waste through recycling initiatives.  For example, under his direction, Johnson Space Center has constructed 7 certified green buildings which use 100 percent green power and average 35-40 percent reductions in energy and water consumption of comparable facilities.  Under his leadership, Johnson Space Center has reduced potable water use by 15 percent annually or over 60 million gallons per year since 2009 and over the past two years composted over 85,000 pounds of food waste.  Clearly Mr. Walker’s leadership has set the standard for sustainability.

Winner’s Name: Anibal Negron-Rodriguez
Agency: Department of Defense, U.S. Army

As Chief of the Environmental Division of the Directorate of Public Works at Fort Buchanan in Puerto Rico, Anibal Negron-Rodriguez led the development of the Fort Buchanan Sustainability and Environmental Management System to ensure that Fort Buchanan has the best opportunity to become a Net Zero Energy and Net Zero Water Installation.  The combination of eight Environmental Management Action Plan, working groups, Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) and education and outreach efforts, among others, have led to a long list of results including the installation of 3 wind turbines, 11 solar array sites totaling 5.4 megawatts, 11 rainwater harvesting systems collecting 14 million gallons per year, as well as the establishment of a cooking oil recycling program for seven facilities.  Mr. Negron-Rodriguez complements his sustainability achievements with education and outreach efforts for both the soldiers of Fort Buchanan and citizens of Puerto Rico, including students whom he ensures are aware of their role in making the island of Puerto Rico sustainable.