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2002 Awards

PNNL awarded Energy Star Label from the U.S. EPA

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory was awarded the Energy Star Label, from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In fiscal years 2002 and 2003, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, working with Bonneville Power Administration, distributed nearly 10,000 energy-saving Isole® 8-Outlet Power Strips manufactured by Watt Stopper® Inc. as part of its "Plug into Savings" project. The project also worked with management and staff at the Laboratory to eliminate unneeded computers and initiated a project to place inactive computer monitors in standby mode through the network to save energy. The project will save an estimated 8.5 million kilowatt hours and almost $342,000 per year for the Department of Energy at the Hanford Site and other facilities in Richland, Washington.  (announced 1/30/2003)

White House Closing the Circle Award for Environmental Preferability

PNNL''s Custodial Products Team won the award for "Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Greens Its Custodial Products."  (announced 1/1/2003)

Federal Water Management Award to Small Groups

" Waste not, Water—A Campaign to Conserve Water, " awarded by the U.S. DOE.

During FY 2001, the grounds team at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) applied state-of-the-art grounds management techniques to maintain the landscaping surrounding the PNNL campus. PNNL conserved approximately 114 million gallons of water by using the latest technology to gather data on watering systems, using best-practice landscape methods, monitoring soil moisture, and fertilizing. In addition, PNNL saved approximately 1.5 million gallons of water and subsequently saved almost $3,000 in waste water fees from the city. The facility also avoided sending water into the sewer system, which saved $33,000 in sewer costs. The innovative thinking of this team, which has included the use of predictive water flow models and soil analysis, has yielded substantial environmental, energy, and cost benefits.  (announced 1/1/2003)

Pollution Prevention Award for "Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Greens Its Custodial Products."

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory was awarded the Pollution Prevention Award for "Green Custodial Products Team" from the U.S. Department of Energy, (DOE).  (announced 12/30/2002)

PNNL awarded Federal Energy Efficiency/Energy Management Awards to Small Groups

PNNL was awarded the Energy Efficiency/Energy Management Awards to Small Groups by the Federal Energy Management Program. The U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboartory has made conservation and energy efficiency key elements of its Facility Energy Management Plan. As part of PNNL''s plan, PNNL challenged staff to reduce electricity use by 10 percent from the previous year. To provide an incentive, the group devised a contest, and gave the staff tips and guidance on how to accomplish the reductions in their buildings. Over a three-month period, the group compared metered electricity use in several crucial office buildings with figures from the previous year. The staff feedback indicated that the program was popular as well as successful, and will have a lasting impact on workers' habits. Results exceeded expectations and two of the buildings reduced electricity consumption by 37.8 percent during the contest period. Savings amounted to $16,400 and more than 1.4 billion Btu.  (announced 12/30/2002)

Federal Innovative/New Technology Awards to Small Groups, from U.S. DOE

In 2002, the Federal Interagency Energy Policy Committee (the "656" Committee) presented an Innovative/New Technology Awards to Small Groups to a U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) team that included PNNL lighting expert Carol Jones. The team developed a relighting project for the GSA Peachtree Summit Building atrium using an electrode-less lamp that has a 100,000-hour lamp and uses 42% less energy. Additional information is at 2002 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards.  (announced 12/1/2002)

PNNL earns ISO 14001 safety certification from International Organization for Standardization

ISO 14001 - Battelle— Pacific Northwest Division (PNWD) uses the International Organization for Standardization (ISO 14001) Environmental Management System (EMS) as a tool to manage, control, and measure environmental impacts. Potential environmental impacts (aspects) from laboratory operations are identified and controlled using several methods. The ISO 14001 EMS is designed to help improve environmental performance, provide for compliance with the law, improve efficiency and effectiveness, reduce costs, and earn and retain regulator and community trust.

For more information see PNNL's Environmental Management System website.  (announced 11/1/2002)

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