Chet Holifield Green Team wins FEB award for partnership
By Amy Pevzner
The Chet Holifield Green Team is a facility-based green team made up of personnel from GSA
and our tenant agencies. Seated left to right: Building Manager Samantha Shintaku (GSA),
Cyndie Soo (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) and Liz Mahoney. Standing left to right:
Craig Sheldon (USCIS), Clarence Hunter (IRS) and Cynthia O'Laughlin (USCIS).
On May 21, 2013, the Chet Holifield Green Team received the Greater Los Angeles Federal Executive Board’s (FEB) Public Service Award. This award recognized the team members’ true spirit of partnership and their outstanding efforts in promoting sustainability.
The FEB Public Service Partnership Award recognizes teams that work across organizational lines to achieve all mission goals; have the ability to increase relationships while partnering; demonstrate skill in negotiation and consensus building; motivate others jointly; work together toward a common goal; and have achieved significant and measurable mission-based accomplishments.
Among the numerous accomplishments submitted in their nomination, the Green Team highlighted their efforts to promote the Federal Green Challenge among all staff. They hosted a Federal Green Challenge kick-off event to establish joint sustainability goals for paper consumption, energy use and recycling. They distributed monthly status bulletins to keep the tenant employees informed of the building’s progress. The team also designed and implemented a Green Program Collaboration Site that housed announcements, agency conservation policies, best practices, green contacts, conservation tips, and a page that tracked employee usage of alternative fuel vehicles usage.
Since the Green Team’s inception, the Chet Holifield Federal Building has experienced reductions in paper consumption (25%), electricity consumption (12%), gas usage (2.5%), and water usage (7.4%). Its recycling program also realized a 21% increase. These are all great accomplishments that can be attributed to the efforts of the team.
Caroline Cabading and Traci Madison contributed to this report.