||The Director of Crane Division's Pollution
Prevention Office, was one of nine Federal employees representing agencies from across the
United States to recently receive an Individual Challenge Award signed by The President
and Vice-President of USA. The White House Closing the Circle Individual Challenge
Awards Program celebrates environmental excellence in government and recognizes
achievement in Federal acquisition, recycling, and pollution prevention. The Chair of the
President's Council on Environmental Quality, represented the President and Vice-President
at the award ceremony in Washington, D.C.
||Crane Division, Naval Surface Warfare
Center has been included in Renew America's Environmental Success Index, a one-of-a-kind database
filled with successful environmental programs. Each year, the national environmental
nonprofit Renew America identifies programs throughout the nation that provide innovative
solutions to today's tough environmental challenges.
Index, which is available both in print and on the World Wide Web, includes programs in 26
different categories, such as Transportation Efficiency, Solid Waste Management, Pollution
Prevention, and Open Space Protection. NSWC Crane is being recognized in the category of
Pollution Prevention. Crane has taken an aggressive approach to hazardous material
management and control through the development and team execution of a site-wide Pollution
Prevention (P2) Plan covering over 150 processes. Crane has also developed and implemented
other unique initiatives to assist managers in making decisions concerning the adoption of
pollution prevention practices. These include an activity based environmental cost
accounting system and an electronic P2 checklist - a programmed learning tool providing
both basic P2 information as well as local procedures.
To qualify for inclusion in the Index, programs are evaluated on the
basis of four criteria: program effectiveness, natural resource conservation, economic
progress, and human development. Each qualifying program has passed through three stages
of review: reference checks and evaluations from independent local organizations,
verification of program results by participating nonprofit organizations at the state
level, and review by the national Awards Council for Environmental Sustainability.
Coordinated by Renew America, the National Awards Council for
Environmental Sustainability identifies and recognizes the award winners and their
achievements annually. This is Crane's second year for receiving the award. The coalition
of 60 national environmental, nonprofit, government and business organizations includes
national Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy, Sierra Club, Environmental Law
Institute, EarthKind, AT&T, National Geographic Society, and Smithsonian Institution.