Minerals Management Service (MMS), Alaska
Individual, Recycling and Waste/Pollution Prevention
Ms. Caryn Smith, Oceanographer, MMS Alaska Region, is an informed, strong, and persistent advocate for the environment - both within her office and in her community. She continually finds ways to promote recycling, prevent waste, and improve the office's working environment. As a direct result of her efforts, the region's new office space used environmentally preferable, low-emission construction materials and furnishings. She was the key person in the collaborative planning efforts who ensured that the design plans for the office space included space for a recycling bin at each printer/copier station as well as a recycling room for staging recyclables for collection and transfer. In addition to her highly demanding professional work as an Oceanographer, she keeps regional staff informed about the city's recycling programs and other relevant environmental issues.