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Writer: John Galvin 
May 24, 2001 

Brookhaven Lab Named 'Organization of the Year' By International Association for Public Participation

UPTON, NY - The U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory has been selected as the "Organization of the Year" by the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2). The award was announced at the organization's annual conference held in May in Vancouver, Canada. IAP2 recognized Brookhaven for integrating public participation into its operations, which ensures that stakeholders are kept informed and have a voice in decisions and issues that may affect them."

Marge Lynch (left), Assistant Director for Community Involvement, Government and Public Affairs; Kathy Geiger, Community Involvement Manager; and Brookhaven Director John Marburger look over the IAP2 citation awarded Brookhaven as organization of the year. >High resolution.

This award acknowledges the tremendous effort the Lab has made during the past few years to reach out to the community," said Brookhaven Director John Marburger. "It took many employees, facility users, and even retirees working together to make this happen."

In addition to reviewing a five-page entry describing Brookhaven's community involvement practices, IAP2 also contacted the Department of Energy as well as representatives from external groups with an active interest in Brookhaven in order to verify the Lab's commitment to building trust and communicating with the community.

According to David Sprintzen, who represents the Long Island Progressive Coalition on the Lab's Community Advisory Council, "Brookhaven's public-participation initiatives are remarkably effective. I think the Lab has put forward an exceptional effort and has made a significant, honest effort to listen and respond to issues raised by the community. I am quite impressed with the major strides that the Lab has made in being open and responsive to the issues that we and other community groups raise."

IAP2 selected Brookhaven for this award because the Lab's community involvement practices allow the public to have a say in the decisions that affect their lives and because the public is assured that their contributions do influence Lab decisions. IAP2 also found that Brookhaven not only actively seeks out and facilitates the involvement of those potentially affected by Lab decisions, but also effectively provides the public with information that allows them to participate in a meaningful way.

The International Association for Public Participation is a nonprofit organization committed to advancing the practice of public participation. IAP2, which is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, and has 18 chapters worldwide, strives to improve decision-making in public, private, and nonprofit sectors worldwide through an interactive, challenging rapport with its members.

The U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory conducts research in the physical, biomedical, and environmental sciences, as well as in energy technologies. Brookhaven also builds and operates major facilities available to university, industrial, and government scientists. The Laboratory is operated by Brookhaven Science Associates, a partnership led by Stony Brook University and Battelle, a nonprofit applied science and technology organization.