Division of Technical Resources (DTR). Office of Research Facilities (ORF), has been approved again in 2021 as an International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) Accredited Provider.
IACET is an internationally-recognized organization dedicated to setting the highest possible standards for continuing education and training. The ANSI/IACET Standard is the backbone of leading educational programs worldwide, and IACET Accredited Providers are the only organizations approved to offer IACET Continuing Education Units (CEUs).
In order to earn Accredited Provider status, DTR completed a rigorous application process in 2010, which included a review by an IACET site visitor, and successfully demonstrated adherence to the ANSI/IACET 1-2007 Standard regarding the design, development, administration, and evaluation of its programs. The program has since maintained its Accredited Provider status by submitting a comprehensive reaccreditation application once every five years; as of the most recent reaccreditation, the DTR Training Program is compliant with the current ANSI/IACET 1-2018 Standard.
DTR is the only IACET approved provider within NIH.
HHS honors individual Federal employees and Native American tribal members, small groups, and projects or programs that demonstrate measurable results towards integrating sustainability principles into the HHS mission and its daily operations. Key selection factors for individual, small group, and project/program awards include innovation, collaboration, return on investment, and short and long term impacts.. Even with remote work
status and the extreme COVID-19 pandemic operations, our HHS workforce went
above and beyond to ensure sustainable actions were completed wherever and
From the NIH Director: Congratulations to the 2020 Director’s Award Recipients!
The NIH Director's Award recognizes the exceptional performance or special efforts that significantly exceed regular duty requirements and directly relate to fulfilling NIH's mission. The honorees' accomplishments reflect their exceptional dedication and contributions to "turning discovery into health." They have risen to the unique challenges of supporting scientific advances that enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability.
This year we commend 660 employees for their superlative efforts. Despite the pandemic inhibiting our ability to gather in person to present the awards, we are honoring the recipients through a creative virtual recognition program. Developed in partnership with NIH IC leadership, the program will recognize these employees' valuable accomplishments.
2019 NIH Director's Awards Ceremony [PDF)
Recognizes exceptional commitment to advancing NIH's important mission. Your outstanding efforts have enabled NIH-supported researchers to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems, and to apply that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability.
OD Voice Showcase
The OD Voice Showcase spotlights individuals and organizations finding unique ways to improve employee engagement, team building, and morale. The OD Voice Committee is proud to present its second installment of the OD Voice Showcase.
Meet OD/ORF's Jonathan Maddox. Watch the video to find out how Jonathan uses his unique talents and skills as an architect to promote the OD, as well as the mission and vision of NIH.
NIH Green Labs Program, National Institutes of Health (NIH): Honored at the 2019 Go Beyond Awards Luncheon International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL) Annual Conference,
The diverse team behind NIH's first Green Labs Program developed its collaborative initiative in 2018, developing a green labs self-assessment form and creating a set of good laboratory practices to encourage NIH's lab staff to conduct their work in an energy-efficient manner and divert waste from landfills.
Organizations, individuals, and projects that are pushing the boundaries of sustainability in their high-performance facilities are honored at the Go Beyond Awards Luncheon. As anyone who works in sustainability can attest, careful planning and management must go into every step of lab design, construction, operation, and use to maintain the extensive requirements for health, safety, and air quality.
HHS FY2018 Green Champion Awards
Through the 12th annual HHS Green Champion Awards, HHS honors individual Federal employees and Native American tribal members, small groups, and projects or programs that demonstrate measurable results towards integrating sustainability principles into the HHS mission and its daily operations. Key selection factors for individual, small group, and project/program awards include innovation, collaboration, return on investment, and short and long term impacts..
The FY2018 HHS Green Champions awards results are in! To see the names of the individual, small groups, and project/program winners please visit FY2018 HHS Green Champions Awards. To read the summaries of the winning and honorable mentions please visit the FY2018 HHS Green Champions Winners Summaries and FY2018 HHS Green Champions Honorable Mention Summaries.
DFOM: NIEHS NZE Warehouse Awards
The NIEHS NZE Warehouse construction was awarded LEED Platinum by the U.S. Green Building Council and received a 2018 Federal Energy and Water Management Program Award from the Department of Energy for leadership in the area of sustainability and energy stewardship!
Completed Enhanced Commissioning and demonstrated that the site operated with net-zero energy use for the first year of operation. The net positive energy production was over 45,000 kWh, or enough excess energy to power approximately 5 homes in the area for an entire year.
The 2018 OD Honor Awards Ceremony
Ruth L. Kirschstein Auditorium, Natcher (Building 45). This Ceremony recognizes OD and IC staff who are recipients of the 40 Years of Federal Service OD Honor, OD Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Public Health Service Commissioned Officer, and the HHS Green Champion Awards. A list of awardees.
Successful 2018 Unannounced Four-Day Triennial Joint Commission Survey
During the week of July 23 -27, 2018, the Joint Commission conducted an unannounced four-day triennial survey of the Clinical Center and ORF was a key player in ensuring it was a success.
This accomplishment involved extremely close collaboration between Clinical Center, ORF, and ORS staff, as well as contractors, working together tirelessly to contribute to another successful triennial survey of the Clinical Center.
Patient safety is a 24x7x365 responsibility, and the Joint Commission survey measures 38 standards with 415 elements of performance for Environment of Care (LS) and Life Safety (LS) attributes of the hospital space, described in a Statement-Of-Condition (SOC). This survey involved over 2 million square feet, approximately 7,000 pieces of facility operations equipment, 4,000 exit signs, and 3,000 doors. Only 15 requirements-for-improvement were noted, of which 9 were corrected immediately; none of the issues were considered major.
One of the behind-the-scenes ingredients to success was training. ORF Conducted 101 Joint Commission training sessions since the 2015 TJC survey, involving 2,676 individuals. Since its inception in 2007, ORF has trained 9,617 individuals.
The professionalism, teamwork, dedication and commitment of those involved are much appreciated.
Thanks to all involved!!!
The PI World Award for Digital Sustainability went to NIH for their use of digital technology to manage the Central Utility Plant (CUP), which is one of the largest CUP under one roof in the U.S, housing five dual fuel boilers, 12 5,000-ton chillers, and a 23 MW co-generation plant. NIH collects over 34 million data points per day from industrial control systems and has implemented a large-scale calibration program. Over one million advanced calculations are conducted each day from approximately 5,000 continuously running analyses. NIH has also developed an enterprise website and provides advanced analytic tools to optimize plant operation.
As a result, NIH's cogeneration plant is one of the cleanest in the world. It has reduced carbon dioxide emissions by about 60,000 tons per year, the equivalent of emissions from 11,000 cars. With more insight and actionable intelligence, they have also increased equipment reliability and saved 10-17% per year in energy and water costs, despite increasing utility costs and building area
FY2017 HHS Green Champion Award
Honorable Mention Winners
Awards recognize excellence and innovation by employees for their Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 sustainability efforts. We encourage you to take time to join us in thanking our colleagues who have made substantial contributions in the area of sustainability.
Sustainability touches many aspects of NIH operations: conserving electricity and water; reducing the use of toxic chemicals; recycling materials; preventing pollution; reducing greenhouse gas emissions; safeguarding the air we breathe and the water we drink – all contributing to enhancing the NIH mission and improving human health.
2017 OD Honor Awards
2017 OD Honor Awards Ceremony recognizes OD and IC staff who are recipients of the OD Honor, OD Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Public Health Service (PHS) Commissioned Officer, HHS Green Champion, or 40 Years of Federal Service Awards.
2017 NIH Director's AwardsThe NIH Director’s Award recognizes superior performance or special efforts significantly beyond the regular duty requirements, and directly related to the fulfilling the mission of the National Institutes of Health.
FEMP (Federal Energy Management Program)
The Department of Energy (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) Federal Energy and Water Management Awards recognize outstanding achievements in:
Energy and water efficiency and conservation,
Renewable energy implementation, Sustainable practices for high-performance buildings, and Fleet and transportation management.
On July 29, 2016, FEMP announced the winners for its 2016 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Bethesda Campus Central Utility Plant (CUP) located in Bethesda, MD has been awarded the Program Award.
2016 OD Honor Awards Recipients
2016 OD Honor Awards Ceremony recognizes OD and IC staff who are recipients of the OD Honor, OD Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Public Health Service (PHS) Commissioned Officer, HHS Green Champion, or 40 Years of Federal Service Awards.
2016 NIH Director's Awards
The NIH Director’s Award recognizes superior performance or special efforts significantly beyond the regular duty requirements, and directly related to the fulfilling the mission of the National Institutes of Health.
NIH to Recognize 12 Champions of Environmental Health Research
Twelve individuals will receive the first-ever Champion of Environmental Health Research Award from NIEHS for their significant contributions to the field. The awards will be presented Nov. 1 at the NIEHS campus in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, to celebrate its 50th anniversary. The awards recognize outstanding researchers, leaders, and communicators that have contributed to the NIEHS mission to discover how the environment affects people in order to promote healthier lives. (News Release)