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2004 Awards

White House Closing the Circle Award for Environmental Management Systems

PNNL was awarded the White House Closing the Circle Award for Environmental Management Systems for PNNL's "Corporate Commitment to Environmental Stewardship and Enhanced EMSs," awarded by the Office of Federal Environmental Executive. For more on the awards see 2004 Closing the Circle Award Winners.  (announced 4/30/2005)

PNNL recognized as "Best in Class" by DOE's Office of Science

The awarded was given for PNNL's "Buy Bio: Imbedding Green into Distributed Systems" Initiative as part of PNNL's Environmentally Preferable Products Program.  (announced 4/30/2005)

PNNL recognized by Environmental Magazine

PNNL recognized by Environmental Magazine as "one of most progressive thinking when dealing with environmental issues."  (announced 2/28/2005)

2004 Presidential Energy Management Award

PNNL was awarded the 2004 Presidential Awards for Leadership in Federal Energy Management by the Office of Federal Environmental Executive. PNNL received the award for its outstanding efforts to efficiently manage energy use, including the use of alternative financing, energy conservation, renewable energy, and ENERGY STAR® standards.

For more information about the award see 2004 Presidential Energy Management Award Winners.  (announced 1/30/2005)

PNNL awarded Facility Management Achievement Award

PNNL was awarded the Facility Management Achievement Award from the International Facility Management Association.  (announced 1/30/2005)

Pollution Prevention Award for Sustainable Design

"Design Assessments for the Pit Disassembly and Conversion Facility," awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration.

Early collaboration with design engineers, tailored sustainable design/pollution prevention training, and comprehensive design and process assessments led to identifying and analyzing 33 sustainable design/pollution prevention opportunities across the lifetime of DOE''s Pit Disassembly and Conversion Facility at the Savannah River Site. The result is an estimated $40 million in cost avoidance over the seven-year life of the facility.  (announced 1/1/2005)

Best in Class Pollution Prevention Award for Environmental Management Systems

PNNL was awarded the "Best in Class Pollution Prevention Award" by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science for "Corporate Commitment to Environmental Stewardship and Enhanced EMSs."  (announced 1/1/2005)

Go Green – Better Business through Green Power Award

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory was honored for leadership in green power purchases in the Northwest by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 10. Julie Hagensen, Acting Deputy Director, Environmental Protection Agency Region 10, said that PNNL "receives 15 percent of the electrical energy it uses from renewable sources generated in the Pacific Northwest; including PNNL's Marine Sciences Laboratory being supplied by 100 percent green power. PNNL delivers breakthrough science and technology to meet key national needs while maintaining a commitment to protecting the environment. As part of its Environmental Policy, PNNL designs and plans work to prevent pollution, minimize waste, conserve resources, and to properly dispose of or recycle generated waste." The award is part of EPA's Renewable Northwest Project.  (announced 10/30/2004)

PNNL earns Environmental Facility award

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory was recognized in October as being one of five outstanding facilities by the Environmental Protection magazine. In so doing, the publication said that PNNL shows "that a forward-thinking approach, industrial development, and greater profit margins can be balanced with a cleaner environment." PNNL is the only one of the government' s laboratories to be honored by the publication's top-five recognition.

PNNL staff who were involved with efforts resulting in the recognition are: Juan Alvarez, Larry Maples, Mike Moran, Curt Nichols, Marc Berman, Jeff Lettau and Ron Underhill, Facilities and Operations Directorate; Jeff McCullough and Bill Sandusky, Energy Science and Technology Directorate; and Norm Olson, Environmental Technology Directorate.  (announced 10/30/2004)

PNNL received membership in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Environmental Performance Track Program

The Environmental Protection Agency's Environmental Performance Track Program recognizes and drives environmental excellence by encouraging facilities with strong environmental records to go above and beyond their legal requirements. Members set typically four public, measurable goals to improve the quality of our nation's air, water, and land. Members include major corporations, small businesses, and public facilities that are steering a course toward environmental excellence.

For more information see the U.S Environmental Protection Agency's Performance Track website.  (announced 6/1/2004)

PNNL earns DOE's Star Award for Buy Bio Program

PNNL identified key opportunities for purchasing biobased products and Continue to imbed bio-based and recycled content requirements into existing processes. PNNL also updated training to incorporate "Buy Bio" information for staff. In FY04, early Buy Bio adopters across the Laboratory analyzed purchases for the best opportunities; developed training, contractual language, and policy; and implemented EPP-related projects. These staff successfully translated PNNL EMS policy, procedures, and guidance into the active purchase of more environmentally preferable products as part of daily work.  (announced 6/1/2004)

PNNL earns Training 100 Award from Training Magazine

In recognition of its leadership in staff development and continued management and operations excellence, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has received a 2004 Training Top 100 Award from Training magazine. In its first year as an applicant, PNNL placed 23rd on the list of 100, having been selected from a field of more than 550 applicants. Additionally, PNNL's management skills development program was one of only eight programs recognized as a best practice by Training.  (announced 5/30/2004)

PNNL awarded Technology Merit Award

PNNL was awarded the Technology Merit Award from the Environmental Business Journal.  (announced 5/30/2004)

PNNL selected as large company of the year.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has been named Region 6 Large Company of the Year by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for 2004. Region 6 covers the western United States, from Alaska to California, representing more than 56,000 of IEEE's 350,000 international members.

Past winners of this honor include Chevron Texaco and Southern California Edison.

PNNL is being honored for outstanding contributions to engineering, community service and support of technical societies.

[We are honored to receive this award,] said Donald M.Boyd, PNNL's deputy director for operations, [professional societies such as IEEE are a vital part of our technical base, and an award like this is greatly appreciated by our management and staff.]

In the course of the evaluation process, PNNL also was named Large Company of the Year for the Northwest Area of Region 6. Boyd will accept the award on PNNL's behalf at the IEEE Region 6 Awards luncheon on September 22 in Anaheim, Calif.

IEEE ( was established in 1963, uniting the former American Institute of Electrical Engineers and the Society of Radio Engineers to lead the advancement of technology through disciplines of interest to its members. IEEE is the largest technical professional society in the world.  (announced 4/1/2004)

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