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2013 Environmental Achievement Awards - Honorable Mentions


Mr. Terry Boyer, Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, West Virginia.

Mr. Terry Boyer
(304) 375-2923

Mr. Terry Boyer is an enthusiastic champion of sustainability. In his day-to-day work at Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge), he can be found conscientiously weighing recycled materials, troubleshooting systems problems, and advocating for new sustainability initiatives. These efforts yield results. The Refuge turned in a 16 percent reduction in energy use and a 25 percent reduction in water use in fiscal year (FY) 2012. With Mr. Boyer encouraging other federal employees, the Refuge made environmentally preferable purchases, recycled, installed renewable energy and energy conservation measures, used less water, improved stormwater management, maintained high performance facilities, and reached out to the community.



BLM Kanab Facility Team, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and Kanab Field Office, Bureau of Land Management, Utah.

Mr. Trent Duncan
(801) 539-4090

The new 22,000 square foot Kanab Administrative Facility provides office space for the Grand Staircase-Esclante National Monument (GSENM) Headquarters and Kanab Field Office. The design occurred in 2010 – a formal value analysis was performed early in the design process, with integrated design, energy efficiency, and sustainability as the primary goals. Design oversight was performed by BLM staff at each stage of the design and construction process. Construction occurred during 2011, with occupancy occurring in January of 2012. Energy cost savings to date are 68% as compared with a minimum code compliant building. The Energy Use Index (EUI) is 29.5 kBTU/sfyr and the Energy Cost Index (ECI) is $0.74/sf-yr. The GSENM – Kanab Administrative Facility has been awarded a LEED Gold certification. Preliminary calculations indicate that the facility will have an EnergyStar score of 99.

Rigs to Reefs Policy Team, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, Washington, DC, and Gulf of Mexico Region.

Mr. Chuck Barbee
(703) 787-1850

Artificial reef Through keen collaboration and strong leadership, a multistakeholder team achieved their goals to develop a nationwide policy that creates sustainable marine habitats, generates millions of dollars, and sheds new light on creating artificial reefs. This effort involved the Environmental Enforcement Division, Public Affairs, and Congressional Affairs staffs of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and the National Ocean Council (NOC). The exceptional leadership and collaboration by the BSEE and the NOC successfully brought together stakeholders from disparate groups including federal agencies, states, the oil and gas industry, commercial and recreational fishing groups, diving groups, and the general public, resulting in the successful creation and implementation of an effective policy on the Rigs to Reefs program.

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