Y-12, Pantex earn GreenBuy Gold Awards

Sites recognized for sustainable purchasing

Oak Ridge, Tenn.— Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas, turned green into gold with GreenBuy Gold Awards from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for sustainable purchasing in Fiscal Year 2023. The awards recognize excellence in “green purchasing” that extends beyond minimum compliance.

Y-12 National Security Complex received a GreenBuy Gold Award as well as a GreenBuy Prime Award for receiving the Gold award for three consecutive years. Accepting the award, pictured left to right, are Jeannette Widman, Y-12 Sustainability and Stewardship; Brad Russell, Consolidated Nuclear Security’s Sustainability and Stewardship program manager; Cate Berard, program manager of the Electronics Stewardship and Data Centers for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Sustainable Environmental Stewardship; and Shab Fardanesh, senior advisor and coordinator of the Sustainable Acquisition Program for the DOE Office of Sustainable Environmental Stewardship.

Y-12 has been honored with GreenBuy awards for five years. This year, the site was recognized for purchasing nine priority products in five categories. The site was also honored with a GreenBuy Prime Award for achieving the gold level for three consecutive years.

Sites have history of award-winning efforts

Shab Fardanesh, senior advisor and Sustainable Acquisition Program coordinator for the DOE Office of Sustainable Environmental Stewardship, said, “This is the third time Y-12 has been recognized for achieving the gold level and demonstrating excellence in sustainable acquisition, which is also commended with the GreenBuy Prime Award for demonstrating exceptional achievements in sustainable acquisition.”

This was the fourth year Pantex has been honored with GreenBuy awards for sustainable purchasing and the first time the plant has achieved the gold level. Pantex purchased 10 priority products in 5 categories to achieve this honor.

Achieving the mission while reducing environmental impact

“Both sites achieved these awards by demonstrating excellence in sustainable acquisition for recycling electronics and purchasing paper products, electronic equipment, Y‑12’s LED emergency lighting on the two new fire trucks, etc., as priority products,” said Jan Jackson, Consolidated Nuclear Security (CNS) Sustainability and Stewardship manager. 

The Y-12 National Security Complex has been honored with GreenBuy awards for five years. This year, the site was recognized at the gold level for purchasing nine priority products in five categories. The site was also honored with a GreenBuy Prime Award for achieving the gold level for three consecutive years.

Brad Russell, CNS Sustainable Acquisition program manager, also pointed out an employee-education achievement that the awards highlighted. “These awards recognize that the CNS Sustainable Acquisition Program trained 297 employees at Y-12 and Pantex involved in specifying and procuring materials, products, and services during Fiscal Year 2023,” he said.

Advantages of going green

Fardanseh noted, “Participation in this program leverages the federal government’s purchasing dollars to achieve mission goals while improving the marketplace for greener products and reducing the environmental impact of the department’s operations.”

“Reducing the environmental impact of the sites’ mission activities is always a goal,” said Russell. “Having those efforts validated by DOE helps us communicate the important impact of green purchasing.”

Learn more about the GreenBuy Award Program (https://www.energy.gov/ehss/greenbuy-awards) and its recognition of DOE sites for their excellence in “green purchasing.”

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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