Environmental Factor, June 2010, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
NIEHS Honored for Sustainability
By Eddy Ball
Representatives of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Green Champions Awards program offered NIEHS kudos for its accomplishments in sustainability and awarded the Institute the 2009 Organization Green Champion Award. NIEHS Deputy Associate Director for Management Chris Long, NIEHS Sustainability Coordinator Trisha Castranio, and NIEHS Environmental Awareness Advisory Committee (EAAC) co-chair Dick Sloane will receive the award at a ceremony June 10 at the Hubert H. Humphrey Building in Washington, D.C
When she learned of the award, NIEHS/NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., said, "This is wonderful news, a credit to the leadership and dedication of the NIEHS Office of Management, and an honor for all the employees at NIEHS who are trying to make a difference in our sustainability efforts." Appropriately, the announcement came just as NIEHS was celebrating Sustainability Month at its Research Triangle Park campus (see related story (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/newsletter/2010/june/inside-earth.cfm)).
Each year, the HHS Green Champions Awards recognize and promote the excellence and creativity of HHS employees for their sustainability efforts in the areas of electronic stewardship, energy and water conservation, environmental management, green procurement, sustainable buildings, and transportation and fleet management.
The Organization Green Champion Award recognizes achievements of sustainability initiatives by efficient management practices and implementation of effective low-cost and no-cost programs. In addition to project successes, the award committee considers program and policy implementation that resulted in savings, financial or otherwise, expanded use of renewable energy, or better tracking of costs, investments, and savings.