2021 SERDP Project of the Year Award for Environmental Restoration
Members of the project team in the smoldering lab at the University of Western Ontario, including (from left to right): Brian Harrison (Western), Laura Kinsman (Savron), Gavin Grant (Savron), Joshua Brown (Savron), David Major (Savron), Alexandra Duchesne (Savron), and Jason Gerhard (Western).
Savron’s project team, in collaboration with Dr. Jason Gerhard (University of Western Ontario) and Dr. Kela Weber (Royal Military College), received the 2021 Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) Project of the Year Award for Environmental Restoration. The project, “A Demonstration of Smoldering Combustion Treatment of PFAS-Impacted Investigation-Derived Waste”, showed that smoldering removes per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from investigation-derived waste (IDW) to below detectable limits. The successful collaboration also included a detailed analytical scope to improve our understanding of the fate and mass balance of PFAS during its thermal decomposition.
The SERDP Project of the Year Awards recognize scientific advances and technological solutions to significant challenges faced by the US Department of Defense (DoD).
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2018 AAEES Grand Prize Industrial Waste Practice Award and the W. Wesley Eckenfelder Industrial Waste Management Medal
On hand to accept the award at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. were (from left to right) Paul Bireta (Chevron), Gavin Grant (Savron), Grant Scholes (Savron), Dave Thomas (Chevron), Jason Gerhard (University of Western Ontario), Cody Murray (Savron), and José Torero (University College London).
Savron’s STARx HottpadTM project team received the 2018 Grand Prize Industrial Waste Practice Award and the W. Wesley Eckenfelder Industrial Waste Management Medal for “From Pilot to Full Scale: Development of STARx HottpadTM” by The American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists.
This award recognizes how a committed team of individuals from Savron, Chevron, the University of Western Ontario, and the University College London successfully took the concept of STAR and developed an above ground application (STARx) to treat excavated soils and sludge using an engineered soil pile.
The American Academy of Environmental Engineering and Scientists is a not-for-profit 501(c)(6) organization serving the Environmental Engineering and Environmental Science professions by providing Board Certification to those who qualify through experience and testing. The Academy also provides training through workshops and seminars, participates in accrediting universities, publishes a periodical and other reference material, interacts with students and young professionals, sponsors a university lecture series, and rewards outstanding achievements through its international awards program.
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2018 Synergy Award for Innovation
Savron has initiated more than 35 STAR projects around the world in Canada, the United States, Taiwan, Indonesia, China, Kuwait, Brazil, and the Philippines.
Savron and Dr. Jason Gerhard of the University of Western Ontario received Canada’s Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Synergy Award for Innovation in recognition of the most outstanding achievements through the partnership and collaboration between a university and Canadian industry. The award was for the development of the patented STAR process and its commercial application.
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2017 AAEES Superior Award
Members of the Savron and Geosyntec project team, along with John Vidumsky from DuPont, were on hand to accept the award. Savron team members were Gavin Grant, David Liefl, David Major, and Grant Scholes. Geosyntec team members were Len deVlaming, Scott Drew, Luana Jo, and Michaye McMaster.
On 13 April 2017, the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES) honoured Savron at their annual Awards Luncheon and Conference at the National Press Club, Washington D.C., by presenting them with the 2017 Superior Achievement Award for “The Evolution of STAR from Laboratory Concept to Full-Scale In Situ Implementation.”
This award recognizes the collaborative effort of individuals who worked to bring an initial laboratory concept to fruition, implementing a full-scale remedy to treat coal tar impacted soils at depths up to 35 feet below the ground surface at a former manufacturing site (DuPont) in Newark, New Jersey. The successful collaboration included individuals from Savron, Geosyntec, the University of Western Ontario, University College London, and Strathclyde University.