Environmental Leaders in Federal Government Win "Closing the Circle" Awards

August 3, 2007

 Federal employees from 30 departments and agencies across the nation were presented with "Closing the Circle" (CTC) awards on June 12, 2007. The awards recognize outstanding achievements for environmental stewardship within the Federal infrastructure.  

A total of 17 winners and 13 honorable mentions were selected from nearly 200 nominations in the areas of environmental management systems, pollution prevention, recycling, green product purchasing, alternative fuels, sustainable building, and electronics stewardship. This year the program included three "Sowing the Seeds" awards, issued by the Federal Environmental Executive, which recognize leadership in setting future vision.  

"These award winners are today's Federal leaders in developing innovative and aggressive paths to manage our environmental and energy footprint, while at the same time meeting our missions and supporting the economy," said Ed PiƱero, the Federal Environmental Executive at the ceremony, held at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C. "We have winners who have increased the purchase of bio products at their locations, who have reduced their generation of waste and recycled a higher percentage of waste than ever before, and who looked beyond the status quo and blazed new paths towards sustainable environmental performance that benefit our nation."  

Created by executive order, the Office of the Federal Environmental Executive (OFEE) is part of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. OFEE works to promote sustainable environmental stewardship throughout the Federal government by assisting agencies in integrating environmental considerations into their operations.  

For more information, including links to a press release and photos of the winners, see the CTC Web site.