In October 2006, the staff at Whitman Mission received three certificates of recognition from the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) “Champions of Environmental Leadership and Green Government Innovation Recognition Program.” According to EPA coordinator Barbara McCullough, Whitman Mission is the first site to receive the top acknowledgement in three separate areas in a single year. The EPA program recognizes the efforts of federal employees, groups, or facilities in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington that “are showing leadership by going above and beyond the call of duty in working to improve the environment and protecting our natural resources.”
The EPA certificates acknowledge special accomplishments in the areas of renewable energy, environmental leadership and innovation, and alternative fuel use. Efforts in these areas also resulted in Whitman Mission being one of the four finalists for the 2006 national Achievement Award for Real Property Innovation. This contest, sponsored by the GSA (US General Services Administration), focuses on “demonstrating innovation, creativity, and leading practice in Federal real property asset management and sustainability.” Thinking globally and acting locally has become a way of doing business at Whitman Mission National Historic Site.