A career employee of 27 years with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Philip Wirdzek began laying the foundation of the Labs21 program in the early 1990s, working as the national energy and pollution prevention coordinator for EPA's own laboratories. Later, as EPA's Labs21 program manager, Mr. Wirdzek directed the development of all program components, including marketing and public relations, partnerships, conferences and workshops, technical support and program tools, and the Labs21 Centers of Excellence.
Through his work with engineers, architects, facility managers, and technology and service providers, Mr. Wirdzek helped bring about EPA's own renaissance to “walk the talk” and push the Agency to become the major purchaser of green power among all federal agencies. Mr. Wirdzek was also crucial in the creation of EPA's Sustainable Facilities Practices Branch, which continues to sustain and increase the momentum imparted to the Agency through his work.
For his many accomplishments at EPA, Mr. Wirdzek has received numerous awards including the Agency's gold medal for developing the Labs21 program, the James W. Craig Pollution Prevention Leadership Award, two presidential awards for federal energy management, and the Environmental Professional of the Year award from the Association of Energy Engineers.