DENR employees honored for sustainability efforts
For years, DENR employees have initiated ideas and projects that have reduced environmental impacts, reduced waste, and saved time, resources and money. Each year, the DENR Sustainability Team requests employee nominations for the DENR Sustainability Awards as a way to honor and recognize DENR individuals and groups who have developed work place initiatives that reduce unwanted impacts on the environment. The awards give a well-deserved “pat on the back” to DENR employees who have shown initiative and common sense and encourage other employees to propose other savings and efficiency ideas.
On March 30, DENR’s Chief Deputy Secretary John C. Evans presented the 2014 DENR Sustainability Awards at the 2015 Sustainability Awards Workshop. In keeping with the sustainability theme, Evans told how the 2014 awards were handcrafted by DENR employees from recycled or reused materials. For example, the third place awards were made using salvaged wood from the 2014 floor replacement at the Daily Planet Café.
DENR employees had nominated 15 DENR individuals and organizations for the awards. The three independent judges had a tough time choosing the first and second place winners for the three award categories – individual large, individual small and Group projects. So the judges ended up selecting two special third place awards this year. These award winners represent a small sample of DENR’s outstanding sustainability efforts and serve as an inspiration for all employees to find large and small workplace improvements that will help protect the environment, conserve resources, reduce waste and save energy.
Individual Small Project Winners
Michael Medina, N.C. Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources
Paul Clark, N.C. Division of Water Resources
Hillary Hill, N.C. Zoological Park Environmental Services
Amanda Lasley, N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation, South Mountain State Park
Individual Large Project Winners
George Joyner, Division of N.C. Marine Fisheries
Group Project Winners
Compliance Branch and Resident Inspector Program, N.C. Division of Waste Management
Haw River State Park, N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation