☷Congratulations to the 2022 Class of Sustainability Energy and Environmental SEE Ambassadors
U.S. Department of Commerce ( By Press Release office)
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First row: Dominica Zhu , Census; Erica Dintaman , NOAA; Commander Lecia Salerno , NOAA; Dr . Derek Manzello , NOAA; Dr . Matthew Lauretta , NOAA; LTJG Luke Evancoe , NOAA . Second row: Chris Doninger , PTO; Greg Gabel , PTO; Adam Yuhas , NIST; Avi Gopstein , NIST; Benjamin Bullock , NIST; David Yashar , NIST; Dawn Carroll - Amin , NIST . Third row: George Tehan , NIST; Phillip Neuberg , NIST; Saul Roberts , NIST; Susan Cantilli , NIST; Wayne Appenzellar , NIST; Andrew Daniels , NIST . Not pictured: Bernard Brusko , NIST; Philip Kaiser , NIST . The S......ustainability , Energy , and Environmental ( SEE ) Ambassadors program recognizes individual Departmental employees for their outstanding performance in implementing exceptional cost - saving projects and/or programs that help improve the Department’s sustainability , energy and water efficiency , climate change adaptation , resilience , and environmental performance . On behalf of the Department’s Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer , the Office of Sustainable Energy and Environmental Programs is proud to announce the Department of Commerce 2022 Class of SEE Ambassadors:CensusDominica Zhu: For her thoughtful leadership in supporting the creation and execution of The Opportunity Project’s Natural Environment Sprint , which engages dozens of public and private stakeholders to address federally recommended priorities around reducing ocean plastic pollution , increasing awareness of transportation emissions’ effect on air quality , and developing markets for recycled materials . Ms . Zhu has made it her mission to ensure indigenous voices are prioritized regarding climate - related issues as their traditional ecological knowledge is crucial to biodiversity and ecosystem protection . National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ( NOAA ) Erica Dintaman: For her exceptional leadership on climate issues , including her vision , organization , and leadership in bringing together experts from every NOAA line office for NOAA’s Climate - Ready Nation initiative , creating a cohesive , inclusive vision to deliver NOAA ' s climate data and services to the nation . Commander Lecia Salerno: For her commitment to pursuing several changes onboard NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson to improve the vessel ' s sustainability , including implementing a more sustainable food waste disposal solution alongside the Deck and Stewards department; supporting the ship in using a composting company to minimize waste sent to landfill; and leading an initiative to switch to compostable cups , prep gloves , and food waste bags . Dr . Derek Manzello: For demonstrating significant scientific expertise and organizational excellence on behalf of NOAA through his leadership of NOAA ' s Coral Reef Watch , a free online tool that provides a global analysis of sea surface temperature and outlooks to identify coral reefs that are at risk of bleaching . Dr . Matthew Lauretta: For his excellence in explaining complex concepts regarding the intersection of fishery science and management to U . S . stakeholders , particularly commercial and recreational fishermen , strengthening their understanding of Atlantic bluefin tuna stock assessments and implications . LTJG Luke Evancoe: For his leadership and commitment to facilitating environmental stewardship , including assisting with the three - day cleaning of NOAA Ship Oscar Elton Sette prior to the ship sailing into the protected waters of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands of Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument; cleaning the ship’s hull is critical to protecting the biosecurity , sustainability , and environmental management of the islands . The United States Patent and Trademark Office Chris Doninger: For leading the effort to eliminate the printed Trademark registration certificate and transition it to an electronic format , working tirelessly to shepherd the project from concept to reality and devise a solution that worked for Trademark customers and stakeholders . Greg Gabel: For his technical acumen and persistence in conducting several technical proofs of concept to support the development of the new digitally signed electronic Trademark registration certificate and demonstrate its feasibility . National Institute of Standards and Technology ( NIST ) Adam Yuhas: For overseeing the replacement of the roofs on two NIST Gaithersburg lab buildings—representing a combined 90 , 000 square feet at a cost of $2 . 6M—while improving the sustainability and extending the life of these two mission - critical research facilities . The following individuals , for their commendable work collaborating with an architecture and engineering firm to develop documents that will be used as the basis to construct new research laboratory , office , and warehouse buildings . These individuals embrace sustainability and the spirit of Executive Order 14057 to the maximum extent possible as they pursue Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design ( LEED ) Gold certification for all new construction and total modernization projects:Avi GopsteinBenjamin BullockDavid YasharDawn Carroll - AminGeorge TehanPhillip NeubergSaul RobertsSusan CantilliWayne AppenzellarThe following individuals , for their daily commitment to providing active oversight of the NIST Gaithersburg Central Utility Plant ( CUP ) to optimize operations , improving energy efficiency , and maximizing NIST’s energy dollars:Andrew DanielsBernard BruskoPhilip Kaiser
22 September 2022 ( September 22 2022 )
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