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Awards and Recognition

2016 ORF/DTR FEMP (Federal Energy Management Program) Award
The Department of Energy (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) Federal Energy and Water Management Awards recognize outstanding achievements in: Energy and water efficiency and conservation, Renewable energy implementation, Sustainable practices for high-performance buildings, and Fleet and transportation management.
On July 29, 2016, FEMP announced the winners for its 2016 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Bethesda Campus Central Utility Plant (CUP) located in Bethesda, MD has been awarded the Program Award
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The NIH Director’s Award recognizes superior performance or special efforts significantly beyond the regular duty requirements, and directly related to the fulfilling the mission of the National Institutes of Health.
NIH to Recognize 12 Champions of Environmental Health Research
Twelve individuals will receive the first-ever Champion of Environmental Health Research Award from NIEHS for their significant contributions to the field. The awards will be presented Nov. 1 at the NIEHS campus in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, to celebrate its 50th anniversary. The awards recognize outstanding researchers, leaders, and communicators that have contributed to the NIEHS mission to discover how the environment affects people in order to promote healthier lives. (News Release)
FY2015 Green Champions Awards
Awards are presented in 10 categories recognizing excellence and innovation by employees for their Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 sustainability efforts. We encourage you to take time to join us in thanking our colleagues who have made substantial contributions in the area of sustainability.  Sustainability touches many aspects of NIH operations: conserving electricity and water; reducing the use of toxic chemicals; recycling materials; preventing pollution; reducing greenhouse gas emissions; safeguarding the air we breathe and the water we drink – all contributing to enhancing the NIH mission and improving human health. 
ORF and ORS Ethics Program received HHS 2016 Ethics Innovation Award for the Hatch Act Campaign
REVISED  “Laboratory Decommissioning Standard ;  ANSI/ASSE Z9.11-2016 
The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), as the secretariat for the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), published the revised laboratory decommissioning standard ANSI/ASSE Z9.11 in February 2016.  The ANSI/ASSE Z9.11 “Laboratory Decommissioning” standard has been used successfully by national and international entities including universities, government agencies and decommissioning service providers to facilitate their laboratory decommissioning needs. ANSI requires that standards be maintained by review or affirmation of the entire document on a schedule not to exceed five years from the date of its approval as an American National Standard.
2015 NIH Director's Awards Ceremony Brochure  
The NIH Director’s Award recognizes superior performance or special efforts significantly beyond the regular duty requirements, and directly related to the fulfilling the mission of the National Institutes of Health.
FY 2014 Green Champions Awards
This year marks the seventh annual HHS Green Champions Awards, which honors outstanding HHS employees and Native American tribal members involved in various sustainability projects. These awards will feed into the federal GreenGov Awards (formerly, "White House Closing the Circle Awards"), which will be announced later this year
Maryland Historical Trust 2015 Award Given to NIH for its Historic Preservation Program and Outstanding Stewardship by a Government Agency
 
ORF’s Leo Angelo Gumapas, Environmental Engineer, DTR and DEP and partner Win First Place in HHS Idea Challenge for Emergency Response!!
Leo Angelo Gumapas and Xadean Ahmasi from Laurel, Md., partnered as a team in the idea challenge to grab first place with the creation of an integrated, internet-based system which automatically monitors and transmits essential data from DME devices to caregivers and responders to provide actionable information in support of emergency planning and response operations
 
2014 OD Honor Awards Recipients
The NIH Director’s Award recognizes superior performance or special efforts significantly beyond the regular duty requirements, and directly related to the fulfilling the mission of the National Institutes of Health.
 
2014 GreenGov Presidential Awards - Green Innovation Award for the NIH Substances of Concern Reduction Initiative  
The Substances of Concern (SoC) Reduction Initiative. was initially established by the National Institutes of Health, Division of Environmental Protection to help inform purchasing decisions for products used in its own facilities. The initiative focused on increased emphasis on toxicity reduction and health aspects of products and services used in the Federal government and was designed to complement current Federal purchasing criteria by including consideration of direct human exposure. The program resulted in a technology solution to inform a procurement of possible health, safety, security, and environmental impacts that may occur from general and specific uses. The criteria in the Substances of Concern Reduction Initiative will provide examples and opportunities to improve purchasing decisions in other Federal agencies and promote healthcare cost avoidance.The individuals that had a vital role in establishing the SoC are: Edward Rau, William "Kenny" Floyd, Theodore "Ted" Kozak, Edward Pfitser, Susan Hinton, Theresa "Terry" Leland, Shannon Jordan and Kumkum Dilwali.
 
Greg Leifer is the federal energy program manager for the National Institutes of Health, the largest operating division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Mr. Leifer was hired in 2001 as an energy engineer to coordinate energy efficiency efforts. He focused on complying with federal energy mandates at the Bethesda, Maryland, Campus. Due to his dedication and significant accomplishments, Mr. Leifer now leads all National Institutes of Health energy and water efficiency programs, activities, data collection, monitoring, and reporting. His use of alternative financing to implement medium- and large-scale projects has become institutionalized as standard operating procedure for the organization’s energy project financing. Mr. Leifer’s leadership, commitment, and efficient use of the resources, financing alternatives, and technologies demonstrate his exceptional and sustained accomplishments at the National Institutes of Health.

2014 Crow Award Winner
CAPT Edward Pfister is hereby recognized as the recipient of the
Environmental Health Officer Professional Advisory Committee's (EHOPAC) 2014 Thomas E. Crow Mentor Award. Although it has been many years since CAPT Pfister sat among the ranks of junior officers, he is still nevertheless engaged in the happenings of junior officers. CAPT Pfister’s enthusiasm and curiosity are an inspiration to junior officers. He is a leader who sets a wonderful example for junior officers through his hard work and dedication to the Corps and environmental health. Being a person who “walks his talk,” CAPT Pfister not only guides, and teaches, about the importance of adopting sustainable lifestyles, but also leads by example, which has been demonstrated through leadership on a PHS Rapid Deployment Force down to his every day actions.
 
FY13 HHS Green Champion Awards
NIH has been recognized by the Department through the HHS Go Green Award, where NIH and ORF claimed several key awards including Innovative Tools for Advance Sustainable Acquisition, Renovation of Building 16AGreen and Fit Retrofit at NIEHS, that combined sustainable design with improved employee fitness and health.
2013 OD Honor Awards Recipients
The NIH Director’s Award recognizes superior performance or special efforts significantly beyond the regular duty requirements, and directly related to the fulfilling the mission of the National Institutes of Health.

HHS/ ORF 2012 Green Champions Awards
These awards recognize and promote the excellence and creativity of HHS employees for Fiscal Year 2010 sustainability efforts to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, energy and water consumption, and pollution. 

The 2012 Robert C. Williams PHS Engineering Literary award (peer reviewed category)
This award is for the research that Dr. Farhad Memarzadeh conducted on infectious particle generated from patient cough  and the result of it was published in the “ASHRAE’s IAQ Conference on Airborne Infection Control” 

2012 OD Honor Awards Recipients
The NIH Director’s Award recognizes superior performance or special efforts significantly beyond the regular duty requirements, and directly related to the fulfilling the mission of the National Institutes of Health.

The National Institutes of Health wins a 2011 ENERGY STAR® CHP Award
EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) is proud to recognize the outstanding pollution reduction and energy efficiency qualities of this project by presenting the National Institutes of Health with a 2011 ENERGY STAR® CHP Award. The other recipients of the award were the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Cornell University. 

 
2011 NIH Plain Language/Clear Communication Awards
ORS and ORF Plain Language Winners


2011 OD Honor Award Recipients
The NIH Director’s Award recognizes superior performance or special efforts significantly beyond the regular duty requirements, and directly related to the fulfilling the mission of the National Institutes of Health.


HHS Green Champions Awards
These awards recognize and promote the excellence and creativity of HHS employees for Fiscal Year 2010 sustainability efforts to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, energy and water consumption, and pollution.

2010 OD Honor Award Recipients
The NIH Director’s Award recognizes superior performance or special efforts significantly beyond the regular duty requirements, and directly related to the fulfilling the mission of the National Institutes of Health.

HHS 2010 GreenGov Presidential Awards Nominations
HHS employees play a great part in fostering the commitment to sustainability in government. Internal HHS awards provide strong nominationsGovernment-wide GreenGov Presidential Awards.


Farhad Memarzadeh Received Howard Fawcett Award for 2010
Farhad Memarzadeh, Ph.D., P.E., Director of the Office of Research Facilities (ORF), Division of Technical Resources, was selected for outstanding contributions to the science, technology, education and communication of chemical health and safety

2010 HHS Green Champion Awards
NIH has been recognized by the Department through the HHS Go Green Award, where NIH claimed several key awards for reducing: greenhouse gas emissions, energy and water consumption, and pollution.

Dedicated ORF Staff Keep NIH Open When Government is Closed Blizzard of 2010
Dedicated ORF employees and contractors worked around the clock to ensure that NIH buildings and grounds were safeguarded prior to, during and after the area’s largest snowstorms.

 
Farhad Memarzadeh Awarded 2009 Top 10 Federal Engineer of the Year
Farhad Memarzadeh, Ph.D., P.E., Director of the Office of Research Facilities (ORF), Division of Technical Resources, was selected as the Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health 2009 Top Ten Federal Engineers of the Year by the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE).

 

The NIH Office of Research Facilities received the 2009 CTC White House Environmental Award
On June 17, 2009 at the Natcher Auditorium, the NIH was doubly honored to both host the White House “Closing the Circle” (CTC) Award Ceremony and receive one of the awards. Over the last 15 years, the White House has presented these awards to Federal employees in recognition of their commitments to improving environmental performance and conditions at Federal facilities.

 

ORF Laboratory Building Deconstruction Process Earns NIH Prestigious ‘Green’ Award
The NIH, through the Office of Research Facilities, was awarded the 2008 Beyond GreenTM High-Performance Building Award by the Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) for its work in integrating cost-effective methods to remove hazardous waste from other debris in laboratory renovation and demolition activities.

 

AAALAC Survey
The Survey team reported that NIH has an impressive animal care & use program.  Facilities play an essential role in the animal care & use programs here at NIH and there are countless ORF personnel responsible for achieving this goal.  Especially appreciated are the folks in DPM and OA who supported this effort.

 

BSL3 Team wins FDA's "Commissioner's Award of Excellence"
At the 13th Annual Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Office of the Commissioner Honor Awards Ceremony on June 27, a group comprised of FDA and NIH employees received an award of excellence for their design and construction of an enhanced BSL-3 (Biosafety Level 3) research laboratory in Building 29A on the NIH campus.

 

NIH Earth Day Contest Inspires Student Interest and ResearchRepresentatives from NIH present plaque and congratulations to Tay Davis, first student winner of the “Name IT Contest” at a ceremony held at the high school on August 15, 2008. The NIH representatives were quite impressed by her sleuthing efforts and how she came up with the correct answer. 

 

Senators Tour New NIH Research Facility
Maryland Senators Barbara Mikulski and Benjamin Cardin on June 2, 2008 visited NIH's newest research facility, the Biomedical Research Center (BRC) in Baltimore, to support and promote scientific research. The senators' visit was a celebration of the BRC, and, more broadly, the NIH scientific enterprise. 2012 OD Honor Awards List for OD distributuion.xls.msg

 
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