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EM Update | Vol. 13, Issue 5 | Feb. 9, 2021


DOE Honors Moab Project With Two GreenBuy Awards

MOAB, Utah – DOE recently awarded EM’s Moab Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action Project with multiple GreenBuy awards recognizing the project’s environmentally friendly acquisitions.
The Moab Project qualified for the awards as a result of “green” purchases — products with leading, verifiable sustainability attributes — made in fiscal 2020.
The Department’s GreenBuy Award Program recognizes sites that demonstrate sustainable acquisition. The program maintains a list of environmentally friendly products that lower health and environmental impacts and reduce waste management costs, among other things. Federal agencies are mandated to buy goods that are energy and water efficient and made from biobased or recycled material. The award program recognizes DOE sites that exceed those requirements.


Environmental Technician James Ritchey plants globe mallow, a drought-tolerant plant, at the Moab Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action Project in this April 2020 photo. The Moab Project received two awards recognizing its purchases of globe mallow and other sustainable items in fiscal 2020.

Sites qualify for GreenBuy awards at Gold, Silver, and Bronze levels based on the purchase volume in the priority products list categories. The Moab Project achieved a Gold award for procuring 14 products in seven categories, exceeding the minimum criteria. Examples of some products purchased by the Moab Project include environmentally preferable electronics, pollinator-friendly WaterSense native vegetation, and post-consumer recycled office supplies.

The Moab Project also received a GreenBuy Prime award, which is reserved for sites that have earned a trio of Gold awards over the years. The project won the Gold award in fiscal 2012 and 2013 and the Silver award in fiscal 2019.

“We always look for ways to be better environmental stewards,” Moab Project Senior Environmental Scientist Liz Moran said. “It takes team collaboration year after year to buy superior products. We’re proud of this recognition, both Gold and Prime, and plan to continue to prioritize products that are better for our planet.”

To view a list of all DOE sites that won awards, visit here and click “Winners.”

-Contributor: Honora Thompson

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