January 31, 2008

Sandia/California named winner of “Environmental Spirit” Award
by Livermore Chamber of Commerce

LIVERMORE, Calif. —Sandia National Laboratories’ Livermore, Calif., site has been selected by the Livermore Chamber of Commerce as recipient of its inaugural Environmental Spirit Award.

The award was presented to Sandia for its environmental programs and ongoing commitment to protecting the environment, wildlife, and numerous species on the laboratory’s 400-acre site, says Dale Kaye Chamber president and CEO.

“Sandia has not only shown tremendous sensitivity to the land they occupy, but also a dedicated commitment to its community,” says Kaye. “This is an organization that helps to protect our world and we are delighted to be able to present them with this award.”

Sandia is a National Nuclear Security Administration laboratory.

Gary Shamber, who manages Sandia’s environmental management department, says he considers environmental stewardship to be a fundamental obligation shared by all Sandia employees and staff.

“Many of our program objectives have been specifically designed to minimize our environmental impacts on the local community and to preserve the natural environment and resources that we share,” he says. “Recognition of our environmental performance by the Chamber is especially appreciated since environmental stewardship by individuals, companies and communities is as important as it’s ever been.”

Sandia will be presented with the Environmental Spirit Award during the Livermore Chamber of Commerce annual Installation and Community Awards Gala on Saturday, Feb. 2.

Sandia is a multiprogram laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed Martin company, for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. With main facilities in Albuquerque, N.M., and Livermore, Calif., Sandia has major R&D responsibilities in national security, energy and environmental technologies, and economic competitiveness.

Sandia news media contact: Mike Janes,, (925) 294-2447