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2012 Environmental Achievement Awards


Mr. Brian L. Cook, Sustainability Hero, Southeast Regional Office, National Park Service, Georgia - Commander Brian Cook, the National Park Service Southeast Regional Sustainability Manager, has a multitude of sustainability accomplishments.  He was instrumental in promoting, developing and managing energy audits for Southeast Region park units. more


The Greening of the Refuge, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Fish and Wildlife Service, Alaska - The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is recognized for outstanding organizational achievement in building and fleet energy efficiency.  This effort required superior teamwork and steadfast leadership.  Together, this dedicated staff instituted measurable changes in the areas of energy efficiency, decreased petroleum fuel consumption, and ultimately reduced greenhouse gas emissions. more

Headquarters Office Renovation, San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Fish and Wildlife Service, California - The renovated Headquarters Office at the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex was transformed into a model of sustainability, consuming 52% less energy than the previous headquarters office building and saving 104 megawatt-hours (MWh) of energy annually, offsetting 72 metric tons (MT) of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e). more

Hybrid Solar Photovoltaic and Wind Energy System, Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Fish and Wildlife Service, Montana - The 25.4 kW hybrid solar photovoltaic and wind energy system at Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge, located on the western edge of the northern Great Plains in Montana, is the first of its kind in the Mountain-Prairie Region. more

New Egg Incubation Water Reuse - Chiller System, Kooskia National Fish Hatchery, Fish and Wildlife Service, Idaho - Kooskia National Fish Hatchery (NFH) constructed a new egg incubation system that saves energy and reduces well water use.  Historically, Salmon eggs at Kooskia NFH were incubated for five months using a single-pass system with chilled well water. more

Point Reyes National Seashore, Using Our Wits to Save Watts, National Park Services, California - Point Reyes National Seashore is an active leader in promoting and practicing sustainable operations and climate change mitigation.  Point Reyes has set goals and objectives using its environmental management system (EMS) to reflect the requirements of Executive Orders 13423 and 13514, the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the Energy Independence & Security Act of 2007, and National Park Service Directors Orders. more

Recycling Pilot Program Team, Reclamation's Recycling Pilot Program, Bureau of Reclamation, Colorado - The Bureau of Reclamation, General Services Administration (GSA), and contract employees collaborated to implement a pilot recycling program in Reclamation's Denver Office, which is leased space within a GSA building.  Prior to this pilot, there were only receptacles to recycle paper on each floor. more

Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, Fish and Wildlife Service, Colorado - The land that is now the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge was once occupied by the U.S. Army where chemical weapons were manufactured to support World War II.  Waste handling procedures used at the time polluted the land.  It was placed on the EPA's National Priorities List.  After a two billion dollar cleanup, the land has been turned over to the Fish and Wildlife Service and over 330 species of wildlife inhabit the Arsenal. more

Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge Maintenance Shop Energy Retrofit, Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington - An integrated design team guided the collaborative planning and design process for the 6,000 square-foot, high-performance, heavy equipment maintenance building renovation at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge.  Renovation methods specified are simple and transferable, and ongoing operations and maintenance are easy and low-cost. more


Xanterra Parks and Resorts at Yellowstone, Mammoth Dining Room Green Restaurant Certification and Remodel, National Park Service, Wyoming - Xanterra received Green Restaurant Association certification for the Mammoth Hotel Dining Room.  The Dining Room is Xanterra's first certified green restaurant, and is the first 3-Star certified restaurant in Wyoming and one of only 71 in the country. more


Petrified Forest National Park & Xanterra Team, Community Partnership Diverts/Recycles 24 Tons of E-Waste, National Park Service, Petrified Forest, Arizona  more

Office and Visitor Center, Morris Wetland Management District, Fish and Wildlife Service, Morris, Minnesota  more
Warm Springs Regional Fisheries Center Environmental Leadership Projects, Fish and Wildlife Service, Warm Springs, Georgia  more
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks/City of Visalia, Operation of the Sequoia Shuttle, National Park Service, Visalia, California  more
Assateague Sustainability Team, Sustainability Improvements at Assateague Island National Seashore, National Park Service, Berlin, Maryland  more

Environmental Facility and Operational Improvements, Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge, Fish and Wildlife Service, Calipatria, California  more

Big Bend Resorts, LLC, International Recycling, National Park Service, Big Bend National Park, Texas  more
Grand Teton Lodge Company Envision Program, Envision the Difference You Can Make, Grand Teton National Park, National Park Service, Moran, Wyoming  more