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Devon Energy Corp. executive receives environmental award

Devon Energy Corp. Executive Chairman Larry Nichols on Friday was awarded the Environmental Protection Administration's Phoenix Award for building the Devon Energy Center on a formerly polluted brownfield site.
From Staff Reports Published: June 8, 2013
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Devon Energy Corp. Executive Chairman Larry Nichols on Friday was awarded the Environmental Protection Agency's Phoenix Award for building the Devon Energy Center on a formerly polluted brownfield site.

“This is a tremendous project,” EPA Assistant Administrator Mathy Stanislaus said of the Devon Energy Center. “You had a site with contamination. You could have left it the way it was, but it takes a great vision and a great partnership to realize the tremendous asset of not only the property, but also the value of re-energizing downtown and re-energizing the community with this project.”

The EPA cited Devon's efforts to recycle the materials in the previous structure and to construct the new building with energy efficient features.

“It's a surprise to us to get this award because we are an oil and gas company,” Nichols said.

“To get an environmental award of this prestige from the EPA is a testament to what we did with this building. It's not anything we anticipated getting. We were surprised and delighted to receive it.”