EPA Calls for Nominations for the second annual "National Federal Facility Excellence in Site Reuse" Awards
EPA will honor another class of reuse champions in the 2019 National Federal Facility Excellence in Site Reuse Awards.
The "National Federal Facility Excellence in Site Reuse" award recognizes outstanding accomplishments achieved at a site. Last year, EPA received an excellent response of extraordinary nominations with the inaugural National Federal Facility Excellence in Site Reuse awards and is continuing the honor once again.
The purpose of the award is to recognize those who have supported the reuse and restoration of Federal Facility sites through outstanding efforts. And in the first awards last year, for example the Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s Installations Directorate, Base Realignment and Closure Division was among the few to receive a National Federal Facility Excellence in Site Reuse award for its work at the former McClellan Air Force Base, in Sacramento County (awardees pictured above). The inaugural award was given in recognition of the outstanding effort to transform the Superfund site into a successful business park with more than $580 million in public and private investment.
Now the 3,452-acre McClellan Business Park supports 17,000+ jobs. “EPA is honored to present the National Federal Facility Excellence in Site Reuse Award to the former McClellan Air Force Base,” said EPA Pacific Southwest Regional Administrator Mike Stoker. “This project is a successful demonstration of how public-private partnerships can serve as catalysts for economic growth and community revitalization.”
"This award celebrates hard work, innovative thinking, and cooperation among federal agencies, states, local partners and developers," said Hon. John Henderson, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Energy. "McClellan is an excellent example of what can happen when people pull together to accomplish a common goal. In this case, our goal was to restore and protect our environment while also providing the greater Sacramento area with continued economic growth. We are really proud of this entire team of teams."
Over the years many federal agencies; state, tribal, and local governments; and communities have worked closely with EPA to ensure that sites are properly restored and/or repurposed and these often heroic efforts are worthy of public acknowledgment and recognition. And, importantly, EPA noted that the nominee’s accomplishments do not have to be recent to receive an award, and re-nomination of previous nominees is strongly encouraged.
All Federal Facility cleanup sites are eligible to receive this award, except for those sites that have received an EPA Brownfields Program grant. There are four categories of awards:
- National Priorities List (NPL) sites,
- NPL Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) sites,
- non-NPL sites,
- and non-NPL BRAC sites.
The winners of these awards will receive a plaque or certificate to celebrate the site accomplishment.
EPA encourages you to nominate site(s) to help recognize all the hard work individuals and teams do at the site level. This award is a great opportunity to recognize individual and collective accomplishments most noteworthy among peers nationwide.
To nominate a site, please submit the form linked below:
Nomination forms should be submitted via email by February 14, 2019. Awardees will be announced in Spring 2019.
To submit a form, ask a question or receive more information about the award process, please contact Jyl Lapachin at (202) 564-0560 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Shown above: Pictured left to right, Philip Mook, Chief of AFCEC Installations Directorate BRAC Western Execution Branch; Steve Mayer, McClellan BRAC remediation program manager; Steve TerMaath, AFCEC BRAC Program Management Chief; and the Hon. John Henderson, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment, and Energy accepted the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s first annual National Federal Facility Excellence in Site Reuse award for their efforts at the former McClellan Air Force Base, in Sacramento County, California. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Amanda Williams)
Source: U.S. EPA