Waste Reduction & Recycling
DOI Case Studies
The DOI Case Studies include Environmental Achievement Awards Recipients and White House Closing the Circle Awards Recipients. The case studies cited below offer innovative approaches to waste management.
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Good and Innovative Solid Waste Management Practices
- Cyrus Brame: Sustainability Hero, Eastern Virginia Rivers National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Fish and Wildlife Service, Virginia
- Kurt Sorenson: Sustainability Hero, Glenallen Field Office, Bureau of Land Management, Alaska
- In-House Conversion to a Paperless on Windows (POW) Audit Environment: Division of Compliance Management, Office of Surface Mining, Washington, DC
- Greening a Railroad Operation: Grand Canyon Railway, Canyon National Park, National Park Service, Arizona
- Ron Thuma: Flint Hills National Wildlife Refuge Recycling Program, Fish and Wildlife Service, Kansas
- Alaska Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey, Anchorage, Alaska
- Zion National Park Green Team, National Park Service, Utah
- Innovative Cooking Oil Recovery & Reuse Project, Yellowstone National Park, National Park Service, Wyoming
- Paul Gammon: Spray Paint Can Recovery, Re-Use and Recycling System, Coos Bay District, Bureau of Land Management, Oregon
- Xanterra Parks Resorts (Waste Management at the Petrified Forest National Monument, Arizona)
- Lassen Volcanic National Park's Recycling Committee: NPS, Mineral, CA
- Stephen P. Boska: Greening the Potomac River National Wildlife Refuge Complex, FWS, Woodbridge, VA
- Denali National Park and Preserve: It Takes a Team to Be Green. National Park Service, Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska. Environmental Stewardship.
- Roger Lobato: Dedication Makes a Difference for Green Purchasing. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. National Park Service, Three Rivers, California.
- James Behrmann: Greening Region 6. FWS.
- Patriots Protect America the Beautiful: Pacific Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9431, NPS.
- Don L. Durbin: NPS. Modern Approaches for Dinosaur National Monument.
- Employees at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore: NPS.
- MAR Incorporated: Contractor to the Minerals Management Service.
- Bryce Canyon National Park, National Park Service, Utah
- Northeast Regional Office Green Team and Rick O. Bennett, Deputy Regional Director, Hadley, Massachusetts, FWS. (Partnership and EMS)
- Yellowstone National Park and Concessioner Employees, Montana and Wyoming Departments of Environmental Quality, and Environmental Protection Agency, Region 8, Environmental Stewardship at Yellowstone National Park and the greater Yellowstone area, Wyoming.
- Death Valley Sustainability Committee, NPS. Recovered: 100 tons in One Year.
- Employees of Yellowstone National Park. NPS.
Recycling in Remote Areas
Additional Waste & Pollution Prevention Examples
- Green Buildings
DOI has recognized many green buildings which prevent waste and pollution.
- Greening existing buildings
- Environmental Management Systems
EMSs can go beyond compliance with environmental laws and include waste/pollution prevention.
EPA Success Stories