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Release No: 218-97
May 05, 1997

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE WINS FOURTEEN WHITE HOUSE ENVIRONMENTAL AWARDS

In a White House ceremony today the DoD won over half of the prestigious 1997 White House Closing the Circle Awards. The Closing the Circle Award recognizes individuals and groups within federal agencies who have demonstrated leadership in pollution prevention and waste reduction in accordance with President Clinton's program requiring federal agencies to adopt recycling programs and to purchase environmentally friendly products.

At the awards ceremony, Sherri W. Goodman, deputy under secretary of Defense (Environmental Security) congratulated the winners for their innovation in support of environmental protection and the military mission. She said, Your leadership exemplifies the Department's commitment to environmental excellence.

Closing the Circle Award categories include waste prevention, recycling, affirmative procurement, environmental innovation, model facility demonstrations, sowing the seeds for change and a separate category for individual performance.

The names of the winners are attached.

Army:

Edward C. Cooper, Corpus Christi Army Depot, Corpus Christi,
Texas  (E.O. 12856 Individual Challenge Award)
 
Ronald Barnett, Directorate of Environmental Quality, Ft. Sill,
Okla. (E.O. 12856 Individual Challenge Award)

Navy:

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash. (E.O. 12873 Closing the Circle Award) Naval Base, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (E.O. 12873 Closing the Circle Award) Naval Air Station, Lemoore, Calif. (E.O. 12873 Closing the Circle Award) Mary Jo Bierberich, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock, Md. (E.O. 12856 -- Individual Challenge Award) Cathy Andrews, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane, Ind. (E.O.12856 -- Individual Challenge Award)

Air Force:

Space and Missile Systems, Los Angeles AFB, Calif. (E.O. 12873 -- Closing the Circle Award) 375th Civil Engineer Squadron Environmental Flight, Scott AFB, Ill. (E.O. 12873 -- Closing the Circle Award) Headquarters Air Combat Command, Civil Engineering, Langley AFB, Va. (E.O. 12873 -- Closing the Circle Award) Odgen Air Logistics Center, Environmental management Directorate, Hill AFB, Utah (E.O. 12873 -- Closing the Circle Award)

Marine Corps:

Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C. (E.O. 12873 -- Closing the Circle Award)

Defense Logistics Agency:

Defense Supply Center Richmond, Richmond, Va. (E.O. 12873 -- Closing the Circle Award) (Award for re-refined oil program) Defense Supply Center Richmond, Richmond, Va (E.O. 12873 -- Closing the Circle Award) (Award for ozone depleting substance reserve)