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Recipients of the 2007 Department of the Interior's Environmental Achievement Award:
We are pleased to announce the following Bureau of Land Management award winners for the 2007 Environmental Achievement Award:
  1. Amarillo Field Office (BLM's Excell Helium Plant) is nominated for a team ward for their efforts to assess and remediate the site for closure and transfer to the General Service Administration (GSA).

  2. The Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry Visitor Center Renovation Design Team is nominated for a team award for their demonstrated leadership, expertise, skill, and ingenuity in implementing sustainable design features and renewable energy technologies during the renovation of the Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry Visitor Center.
The Amarillo Field Office team was formed to expedite the transfer of the defunct Excell Helium Plant near Materson, Texas, from the BLM to the General Services Administration (GSA) for disposal. The team saved over $1.8 million during the transfer process by arranging for the recycling of materials originally slated for disposal.
A significant aspect of the project involved a large area of concrete debris (over 15,000 cubic yards) that was gathered, crushed and recycled for road base at another BLM property. The recycling effort yielded a total of 24, 714 tons of recycled materials from the Excell Helium Plant Closure project. We are submitting this nomination under the Waste Pollution and Prevention category.
The Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry Visitor Center is the Bureau of Land management's (BLM) first visitor center. Original constructed in 1967, the building underwent a major renovation in 2005-206. The original 950 square-foot building was increased by 1500 square-feet. Additional exhibit space, a small office, and mechanical room were added to the original building. The team members were instrumental throughout the planning, design and construction phases of the renovation. The team provided complete structural, mechanical, electrical, landscaping and photovoltaic design. The Cleveland-Lloyd Visitor Center is located 15 miles from the nearest town and utility source. Power for the visitor center is provided by a photovoltaic system. Initially the building general constrictor was required to provide and install the 37 kilowatt photovoltaic system. Upon review of the cost proposal, team members determined that significant saving could be achieved if the BLM were to purchase and install the equipment using local contractors and agency labor. The team's experience and leadership in developing and implementing sustainable building design features are recognized through the BLM and the team members serve as mentors for others in the development and application of sustainable building design features. We are submitting this nomination under the Sustainable Design/Green Building Category.


The award ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday, November 27, 2007.  The tentative schedule for the day’s events is as follows:

  • 10:30 – 11:30am DOI Environmental Achievement Award Ceremony,
    Interior Library, Main Interior Building, Washington, DC
    Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget, Lynn Scarlett, presiding

  • 11:30-12:00   Visit the award exhibit in the Interior Museum

  • 12:00 – 1:30pm Lunch Reception for Award Recipients and Guests,
    South Interior Penthouse, Main Interior Building, Washington, DC

Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget, Lynn Scarlett, will present the awards.  DOI heads of bureaus and offices are invited to participate in the ceremony as well.  The award will be presented to you or your team’s designated representative.  DOI photographer Tammi Heilemann will take pictures during the presentation of the awards.

After the ceremony, there will be a lunch reception in the South Interior Penthouse in the Main Interior Building.  Your guests that are identified in advance are welcome to attend.

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  1. The Amarillo Field Office Team
    (for Waste Pollution and Prevention Category).

  2. The Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry Visitor Center
    (for Sustainable Design/green Building Category).