NNSA Recognizes Labs and Sites for Achievements in Environmental Stewardship

Press Release
Mar 23, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today congratulated its national laboratories and sites for achievements in environmental stewardship, awarding a total of 21 Pollution Prevention (P2) Awards for innovative initiatives across the enterprise.

The P2 awards recognize performance in integrating environmental stewardship practices that help reduce risk, protect natural resources and enhance site operations.

“These awards recognize the projects throughout the enterprise that exemplify NNSA’s commitment to environmental excellence in the communities that host us,” said NNSA’s Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs Don Cook. “Responsible stewardship of the environment is an important part of NNSA’s effort to improve the way we do business and invest in a modern nuclear security enterprise. I congratulate the men and women across the NNSA who have found innovative ways to reduce the environmental impact of our work, improve efficiency and ensure the long-term sustainability of the enterprise.”

The P2 award recipients are selected by a panel of judges from within the NNSA enterprise. The panel reviews the best in class projects identified by NNSA Site Offices and the NNSA Administrator.

This year, NNSA awarded nine best in class awards and 12 environmental stewardship awards. The awards are as follows:

Best in Class Awards:

  • Greenhouse Gas Management: Y-12 Clean Steam Team (Y-12)
  • Comp. Energy &/or Fleet Management: High Performance Computing Water Reduction and Energy Efficient Cooling (Sandia National Laboratories/New Mexico)
  • Integrative Planning and Design: Integrated Sustainability Planning & Design (Sandia /New Mexico)
  • Cradle to Cradle: Waste Not Want Not, Y-12 Comprehensive, Cost-Effective Recycling Program (Y-12)
  • Community Collaboration and Engagement: Sustainable Projects for a Sustainable Future (Los Alamos National Laboratory)
  • Living Laboratory: Y-12’s Innovative Lab Method Answers Be or No Be Question Faster, Safer and Sustainably (Y-12)
  • Water Resources: Sigma Electroplating Discharge Reduction (Los Alamos National Laboratory)
  • Change Agents: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Global Security Paperless eSystems Save Time, Money and the Environment (LLNL)
  • Health and the Environment: Y-12 Sustainable Recovery and Transformation (Y-12)


Environmental Stewardship Awards:

  • Greenhouse Gas Management: Video Teleconferencing Cuts Travel Costs and Reduces Green House Gas Emissions (LANL)
  • Comp. Energy &/or Fleet Management: Red Storm: New Power Consumption Low (Sandia/New Mexico)
  • Integrative Planning and Design: LEED Gold Certification for New Fire Stations (Nevada National Security Site)
  • Environmental Management Systems: Integration of SSP Goals & Los Alamos National Laboratory’s EMS (LANL)
  • Cradle to Cradle: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Site 300 Sulfur Hexafluoride Reduction Project (LLNL), and; Depleted Uranium Contaminated Machining Equipment Removal Project (Sandia National Laboratories/California)
  • Living Laboratory: Los Alamos National Laboratory Algal Biofuels Consortium Development Team (LANL)
  • Water Resources: Water Consumption Reduction (Sandia/New Mexico)
  • Change Agents: Sandia National Laboratories/New Mexico’s Division 10000 Green Team (Sandia/New Mexico)
  • Health and the Environment: New Plutonium Removal Technique Means Less Waste (LANL), and; LLNL Beryllium Reduction Project (LLNL), and; Elimination of Chlorine Gas to Protect Workers and the Environment (Pantex)


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Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science in the nation’s national security enterprise. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability, and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; reduces the global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad.