FY 2005 Award Winners
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EPA awarded "Btu Buster" Awards to 19 employees for sustainability accomplishments in fiscal year (FY) 2005. The Btu Busters, a collective term for the Agency’s peer awards program, recognize EPA facility managers and building design and construction personnel for energy and water conservation and pollution prevention efforts.
- EPAs Research Triangle Park (RTP), North Carolina, Energy Teamincluding Greg Eades, Bill Gaines, Marshall Gray, Glen Lowery, Billy Morris, Sam Pagan, James White, and Robert Wippichreceived Btu Buster awards for extensive recommissioning efforts and mechanical upgrades at the RTP main consolidated laboratory and office complex. These efforts contributed to energy savings of nearly 7 percentmore than 33 billion British thermal units (Btu)for the facility in FY 2005.
- Bob Beane from EPAs New England Regional Laboratory in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, received a Btu Buster award for adjustments made to the buildings heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system that helped the laboratory reduce its energy consumption by more than 11 percent in FY 2005 compared to FY 2004.
- Dave Burr was awarded an H2Overachiever award for installing an innovative rainwater reuse system that supplies the water needed to wash the boat fleet at EPAs Pacific Coastal Ecology Branch Laboratory in Newport, Oregon. The system helped reduce water consumption in FY 2005 by more than 100,000 gallons.
- Dale Bates, John Begley, and Eugene Evans from the Region 7 Office (formerly in Kansas City, Kansas) and Science and Technology Center (STC) in Kansas City, Kansas, with the help of building engineers Brian Campbell and Seth Pickett from C.B. Rich Ellis, won H2Overachiever awards for a condensate recovery project that will significantly reduce the amount of water needed for the STCs HVAC systems by reusing the excess water from steam condensation.
- Dave Burr, with the Western Ecology Division Laboratory in Corvallis, Oregon, and the Pacific Coastal Ecology Branch Laboratory in Newport, Oregon, received a Reporter of the Year award for accurate, timely reporting of energy and water use in FY 2005.
- Adele Lucero from the Region 8 laboratory in Golden, Colorado, won a Reporter of the Year award for providing timely and accurate energy and water use data each quarter.
- EPAs Region 5 Recycling Coordinator, Rich Hoffman, received the Pollution Prevention (P2) Performer of the Year award for introducing numerous waste reduction and recycling initiatives, including coordinating an innovative closed-loop recycling system for office paper, managing a recycling orientation program for new employees, and creating an eye-catching recycling area that maximizes the amount of recyclables collected.
- For dependable facility management and a demonstrated commitment to energy and water conservation, Betty Kinney from the Science and Ecosystem Support Division Laboratory in Athens, Georgia, received an Energy Partner of the Year award.
- Jennifer Mann won the Leading Edge award for managing extensive mechanical upgrades at EPAs Region 9 Laboratory in Richmond, California, that are expected to reduce the facilitys energy demand by 21 percent. These upgrades included a natural gas-fired combined heat and power system that generates electricity and uses the excess heat to meet approximately 80 percent of the buildings heating needs.