Federal Green Challenge Webinar - October 8, 2008
To kick off the Federal Green Challenge Webinar series, we have asked sustainability practitioners from three federal agencies - U.S. EPA Region 10, U.S. Postal Service, and USDA Forest Service - to talk about what sustainability means to them and give examples of how their offices apply sustainability principles to their work.
Sustainability: Making It Real
Federal Green Challenge Web Academy
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. PST
Join us and learn how others have made sustainability real in their work, and how you can do the same.
Speaker Presentations:Notice: These presentations have been provided as part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Federal Green Challenge Web Academy Series. These documents do not constitute EPA policy. Mention of trade names or commercial products does not constitute endorsement or recommendation for use. Links to non-EPA web sites do not imply any official EPA endorsement of or a responsibility for the opinions, ideas, data, or products presented at those locations or guarantee the validity of the information provided. Links to non-EPA servers are provided solely as a pointer to information that might be useful to EPA staff and the public.
- EPA Region 10 has helped provide “Sustainability and EPA” training for hundreds of EPA employees, and will talk about sustainability and systems thinking.
- Postal Service will talk about how it has reorganized their senior leadership to meet the challenge of being more sustainable.
- Forest Service will discuss tying its environmental footprint to its land management mission.
Download the Video of Sustainability: Making It Real (WMV) (1 hour 27 minutes 87MB) Note: This file is large and may take over 30 minutes to download on a 56K connection.
Speaker Biographies and Contact Information:
Barbara J. Lither, J.D.
Office of Regional Counsel
US Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10
(206) 553-1191 (office)
Barbara Lither is an attorney for the USEPA and has been employed in Region 10 since 1978. She has served in a variety of positions in Region 10 in regulatory enforcement and in non regulatory voluntary programs. In 1995, she studied sustainability as an Eisenhower Exchange Fellow in the Czech and Slovak Republics. She served as a loaned executive to the Washington State Governor's Office of the Trade Representative, working on strategies to balance economic prosperity and environmental progress. Her current activities include legal counsel to the Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund program and the West Coast Diesel Collaborative, a public/private partnership. She is a frequent speaker and presenter on the topic of sustainability and has taught sustainability principles nationally to EPA employees. Ms. Lither was a World Affairs Council Fellow, and in 2005 was part of a team awarded the EPA Gold Medal for Exceptional Service for helping reduce the health impacts of diesel emissions through promoting increased federal use of alternative fuels. She has a J.D. from Loyola University of Los Angeles School of Law, where she was a member of the Law Review
Anna J. Jones-Crabtree P.E., Ph.D.
Sustainable Operations Coordinator
Rocky Mountain & Northern Regions, USDA Forest Service
2880 Skyway Drive, Helena, MT 59602
Anna is currently Sustainable Operations Coordinator for the Rocky Mountain and Northern Regions of the Forest Service. Anna has long championed sustainability throughout her career. She received honorable mention in the 2006 White House Closing the Circle Awards for her efforts in the Rocky Mountain Region. In 2008 she received the EPA’s Environmental Achievement Award. She was instrumental in the creation of a sustainable design guide for Forest Service facilities. She also catalyzed a partnership with DOE and DOD that led to the installation of the first stationary fuel cell in the agency. She was the founding co-chair of the Greater Yellowstone Coordinating Committee’s Sustainable Operations Subcommittee which engages six national forests, two national parks and two national wild life refuges in seeking sustainable operation opportunities throughout the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Prior to her sustainable operations positions Anna was the Forest Engineering Staff Officer on the Bighorn National Forest with responsibilities for oversight and coordination of all engineering and infrastructure needs on the 1.1 million acre national forest. She is the Board Co-Chair for the Alternative Energy Resources Organization, a grass-roots, Montana based organization working on local food and energy issues, and she served as Donella Meadows Fellow. Anna has been the Principle Oboist for several community orchestras. Her undergraduate and M.S. degrees in engineering are from Purdue University and she has a Ph.D. in Engineering with a Minor in Sustainable Systems from Georgia Institute of Technology. Anna is a licensed Professional Engineer and a U.S. Greenbuilding Council LEED Accredited Professional.
Sydney C. Randell, CHMM, MBA
US Postal Service
8120 Hardeson Road, Room # 226, Everett, WA 98203-6230
Sydney has over 19 years of professional environmental, health & safety experience. For the past 12 years, he has been with US Postal Service overseeing environmental programs at 350-plus postal facilities. Prior to the US Postal Service, he held positions as corporate EH&S Manager for a Seattle plastic manufacturing company; Hazardous Material Technician for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center; and a chemist for a Seattle TSDF. He earned his BA in Chemistry from University of Washington and an MBA from Seattle University. He is a member of the American Chemical Society, American Industrial Hygiene Association, and the Academy of Hazardous Materials Manager. This past June, he was awarded the White House Closing of the Circle award for his EMS leadership at 10 postal facilities and enrolling 4 of them into EPA's Performance Track program.
Transcript of Sustainability: Making It Real (PDF) (67pp., 133KB)
Sustainability: Making it Real for your Agency (PDF) (25 pp. 437Kb, about PDF)
BARBARA J. LITHER, J.D., EPA Region 10 Office of Regional Counsel
Ecosystems, Consumption and The Forest Service's Environmental Footprint (PDF) (29 pp. 2.8Mb, about PDF)
ANNA J. JONES-CRABTREE P.E., PH.D., Sustainable Operations Coordinator USDA Forest Service
The Road to Sustainability (PDF) (11 pp. 272Kb, about PDF)
SYDNEY C. RANDELL, CHMM, MBA, Environmental Specialist US Postal Service