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Environmental Factor

Environmental Factor

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September 2018

NIEHS water and energy team wins DOE award

The U.S. Department of Energy named four winners from NIEHS for outstanding efforts with the 2018 Federal Energy and Water Management Award.

Victor Stancil, Kyle Askins, Debi Del Corral, and Amanda Thompson were honored in August by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) with the 2018 Federal Energy and Water Management Award. The group earned recognition in the Project category for their outstanding efforts to promote energy conservation during the 2017 fiscal year.

The award cited the new NIEHS new net-zero energy warehouse, which is designed to generate enough solar photovoltaic power to more than offset its total energy consumption on an annual basis. DOE noted that the design cuts costs, conserves energy resources, and improves the site’s security and resilience.

From right, Stancil, Del Corral, Thompson, and Askins overcame untold challenges to open the first net-zero energy facility in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. From right, Stancil, Del Corral, Thompson, and Askins overcame untold challenges to open the first net-zero energy facility in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

The warehouse is operating on pace to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum certification through the U.S. Green Building Council. “It was such a privilege to be a part of a group whose joint efforts helped make a positive impact on the environment,” said Del Corral, a team lead in the NIEHS Office of Management.

This year’s awards will be presented during an Oct. 23 ceremony at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C.

An environment of efficiency

Throughout 2017, the project team offered a wide range of services to NIEHS staff and visitors. Among these were tours of the institute’s facilities that trained occupants and shared information on specialized energy features.

“These efforts help everyone on campus understand how our actions as a collective help our facilities operate more efficiently,” Del Corral said.

About the award

The Federal Energy and Water Management Awards recognize individuals, groups, and agencies for their outstanding contributions in the areas of energy efficiency, water conservation, and the use of advanced and renewable energy technologies at federal facilities.

The Department of Energy published a complete list of this year’s award winners.

(Ian Thomas is a public affairs specialist with the Office of Communications and Public Liaison, and a regular contributor to the Environmental Factor.)


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