CNS shares green initiatives with Tennessee businesses

Posted: October 17, 2014 - 2:17pm

The Y‑12 Sustainability and Stewardship Program is used to sharing lessons learned with its fellow National Nuclear Security Administration sites peers, so when a lead member of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation asked Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC to host a workshop shortly after its contract transition for other companies in the area, CNS jumped at the chance to share with and learn from others in the East Tennessee region.

“We always look for ways to share our experiences and learn from others,” Durand Carmany, Y‑12’s director of Projects, Sustainability and Facilities, said. “We didn’t hesitate on saying yes.”

Almost 40 sustainability representatives from area industries such as La Z Boy, Volkswagen, DENSO, and Parkwest Medical Center attended the one-day Tennessee Green Star Partnership Workshop held at New Hope Center in July.

“It’s good to hear from others who are dealing with similar environmental issues,” Jan Jackson of Y‑12’s Sustainability and Stewardship Program said. “We all want to accomplish our mission with the lightest environmental footprint possible”

Topics for the program included the latest stats about the Tennessee Green Star Partnership (formerly Tennessee Pollution Prevention Program — the green flag), what E3 (energy, economy and environment) can do for organizations, and the connection between lean manufacturing and the environment.

Y‑12 received the green flag in 2009 and plans to continue as a Three Star Partner. This designation means Y‑12 has implemented an active environmental program and is continually improving operations and achieving superior environmental performance.

“Attending events like this is always helpful when you want to continuously improve your program,” Carmany said.