NOAA 'GREEN SHIPS' WIN WHITE HOUSE AWARD
June 12, 2007 — NOAA’s three Great Lakes research vessels have again been honored for the conversion from petroleum-based fuels and lubricants to bio-based products. The Office of the Federal Environmental Executive announced that the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor, Mich., has won a White House Closing-the-Circle Award in the green purchasing category. In 2006, the initiative won an award from the U.S. Department of Energy. (Click NOAA image for larger view of NOAA Great Lakes Research vessels Laurentian, Shenahon, and Huron Explorer. Please credit “NOAA.”)
The conversion was a result of a call for “greening” of Government agencies through waste reduction, recycling and the use of environmentally friendly and sustainable products including bio-products. GLERL’s approach to this federal program was to focus on the use of bio-products with a goal of demonstrating the environmental and operational benefits.
“Our Great Lakes laboratory is advancing our larger mission as stewards of the marine environment, and NOAA is pleased that their efforts have again been recognized,” said Richard W. Spinrad, NOAA assistant administrator for oceanic and atmospheric research. “This effort combines our pre-eminent research in the Great Lakes with a benefit to society by operating these vessels in an environmentally friendly manner.”
The award, presented today in Washington, D.C., recognizes GLERL's conversion of a fleet of research vessels from petroleum-based to bio-based fuel and lubricants. This initiative reduced costs and has a positive impact on the ships’ crews and researchers. The fleet includes the Shenahon, the Laurentian, and the Huron Explorer.
GLERL operates research vessels throughout the Great Lakes region as scientific platforms for ecosystems research and other NOAA interests in the area. The laboratory’s Ship Operations Group has focused their efforts on innovative ways to engineer, operate and maintain these boats to not only support scientific missions, but to advance NOAA’s larger mission as a steward of the marine environment.
Order 13101 called for government agencies to reduce waste, recycle
and the use environmentally friendly and sustainable products including
bio-products. GLERL’s approach to this federal program was to
focus on the ship based use of bio-products with a goal of demonstrating
the environmental and operational benefits.
Some of the innovations that earned the award for the GLERL ships are:
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