Ted Kaufman - United States Senator for Delaware

Great Federal Employees Initiative

Honoree for Week of September 16, 2010

Saskia van Gendt

Sen. Kaufman Recognizes Great Federal Employee, Saskia van Gendt

Last night, winners for eight awards were announced by the Partnership for Public Service, a leading nonprofit, nonpartisan organization. Federal employees embody:  citizenship, hard work, a willingness to take risks, perseverance, intellect, and humility.  All nine of this year’s awardees exemplify these qualities.

A resource conservation expert at the Environmental Protection Agency, Saskia van Gendt won this year’s Call to Service Medal for her work on fostering green building technologies.  Millions of tons of materials used in construction are disposed of each year in landfills – a third of our nation’s total solid waste.  At the EPA, Saskia has created an innovative program to help spur a green revolution in construction materials.  In 2007, she developed the Lifecycle Building Challenge.  This annual competition engages architects, students, and builders to develop new designs that reduce the impact of buildings on the environment.  Since 2008, Saskia has been working with the Stop Waste grant program to encourage businesses to adopt environmentally-friendly equipment.  The Call to Service Medal that she won recognizes those who have achieved early in their federal careers.  Saskia is just twenty-eight years old. 

Read Sen. Kaufman's full remarks on the 2010 Service to America Medal Winners HERE

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