Press Release | 10.04.23

HOUSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Consolidated Asset Management Services (CAMS), a fully-integrated service provider for owners of energy infrastructure assets, announced today that Mona Johnson, president of CAMS eSPARC and executive vice president of CAMS environmental, health, safety and regulatory (EHS&R) was named a Ragan & PR Daily’s CSR/ESG Professional of the Year and CAMS earned honorable mention in Ragan Communications’ 2023 CSR & Diversity Awards.

As a CSR/ESG Professional of the Year, Johnson was recognized as one of the industry’s best individual communications practitioners of the past year. She went above and beyond to achieve success for CAMS and stood out from the rest of the many talented entrants.

Ragan’s CSR & Diversity Awards program honors companies and individuals who have displayed exceptional dedication to making a positive impact on society and promoting diversity in all its forms. Being recognized as honorable mention for its ESG campaign is a testament to CAMS’ commitment to sustainable business practices in all aspects of its work.

“Throughout my career, I’ve witnessed the power of sustainable practices in transforming our industries,” said Johnson. “As we embrace future challenges, I believe that safeguarding our environment through responsible, efficient business practices will drive success and create a legacy of responsible leadership for generations to come. We are honored to receive these awards in CSR, ESG, and Diversity.”

CAMS and Johnson take their commitment to environmental compliance and waste minimization seriously. She leads a team that assists clients with ESG reporting and plan development, emissions calculation and analysis, and preparation of ESG strength and risk assessments for asset acquisitions. They also support CAMS’ long-term objective of providing financial management and operational leadership that incorporates ESG principles.

In 2021, Johnson and CAMS’ marketing department began documenting and reporting the company’s ESG achievements. In the first year, Johnson and her team produced four quarterly reports highlighting sustainability successes at CAMS-operated facilities and the corporate office. The 2022 report expands Johnson’s reporting of both operational and ESG key performance indicators.

Over the last nine years CAMS-managed renewable energy assets avoided over 19 million tons of CO2 emissions — the equivalent of greenhouse gas emissions from more than 43 billion miles driven by passenger vehicles.

Another success in CAMS’ ESG initiatives is its leadership-based safety program, centering safety as a core CAMS value.  The CAMS safety team, a vital component of the EHS&R team led by Johnson, is responsible for reporting and tracking CAMS safety observations, near-miss events, participation in safety training, job safety analyses, and safety meeting attendance across the fleet of CAMS managed and operated facilities. As a result, CAMS implemented several leadership-based initiatives in 2022 that contributed to a significant reduction in Lost Time Incident Rate and Total Recordable Incident Rate. The initiatives include safety stand-down sessions, a one-day senior leadership safety seminar, and focused quarterly leadership meetings.

Johnson has over 30 years of environmental management experience, including 14 years with CAMS supporting private equity-owned energy assets. She currently leads CAMS’ EHS&R group and is responsible for developing eSPARC, a CAMS affiliate company, into a successful multi-disciplinary consulting firm with clients in a variety of industrial sectors, including specialty chemicals, manufacturing, power generation, oil and gas, and marine.

The winners of Ragan’s CSR & Diversity Awards were announced during a special industry Awards Luncheon on September 28, 2023, held at the Yale Club in New York City. The event brought together leading industry professionals, CSR advocates, and DE&I champions to celebrate the finalists and their exceptional contributions.

About CAMS

CAMS is a privately held company providing Operations and Maintenance (O&M), Asset Management, Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG), and Optimization services for energy and infrastructure assets. Our founding principle is to add value through superior management and operation of our clients’ energy infrastructure assets. To this end, we empower our employees to pursue creative and sustainable business practices in the field and at our corporate office that contribute to operational excellence, financial performance, a safe workplace, and a better community and environment.  We do not take this responsibility lightly: We treat the assets with which we are entrusted as our own. For additional information, visit www.camstex.com.

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Articles | 07.12.21

Two CAMS facilities, Calhoun Power and Lincoln Generating Station are recognized leaders in the safety arena. Both sites are Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star sites.

Calhoun Power Company, LLC is a 688-MW dual-fuel simple-cycle generation facility located in Eastaboga, Ala. The plant’s four GE 7FA gas turbine engines generate enough electricity to power over 500,000 homes in the region. The plant is owned by Harbert Power Fund V, LLC and had been operated by CAMS since 2016.
The Lincoln Generating Facility is a 656-MW natural gas‐fired simple‐cycle facility located southeast of Manhattan, Ill. The plant includes eight GE 7EA Gas Turbines, four of which have black start capability. The plant is owned by Eastern Generation, LLC and has been operated by CAMS since 2016.

As VPP sites, the Calhoun and Lincoln management teams, site staff, and OSHA work together to prevent fatalities, injuries, and illnesses. A tailored system is implemented that incorporates the key elements of the VPP program:

  • Management Leadership and Employee Involvement
  • Work Site Analysis
  • Hazard Prevention and Control
  • Health and Safety Training

To participate, a formal application to OSHA is required, followed by a rigorous onsite evaluation by a team of safety and health professionals. VPP participants are re-evaluated every three to five years to remain in the program.

Calhoun Power

Mike Carter, Plant Manager at Calhoun Power shares his team’s safety strategies:

Management Leadership and Employee Involvement

Buy-in. All site members are involved and understand the importance of buy-in to the safety culture and expectation of safety at all levels. If anyone has an idea to improve a process, the team discusses and decides the next step as a group. If there is a way to improve a task or process, we will do it. Tasks need solid procedures in place. During site orientation, we mention our accomplishment of being a VPP Star site and enforce the need to work safely for the contractors.

Work Site Analysis

We are constantly looking to ensure no hidden hazards are in our work area. We discuss daily jobs at each morning meeting and remind each other of the safety hazards for the task to ensure the job will get done safely. We read a portion of the CAMS safety manual at every morning meeting to keep safety fresh on our minds.

Hazard Prevention and Control

We are required to conduct one safety meeting a month, instead, we do one each Wednesday. Part of this includes a Hazard Hunt, during which each individual walks the site specifically looking for any hazards and taking action to mitigate potentially unsafe conditions.

Safety and Health Training

As with all sites, we are required to conduct specific training, either computer based (GPi), or hands on. Tracking is critical to ensure all personnel receive the training required to maintain the knowledge required for proficiency at daily tasks as well as emergencies. We have emergency procedures for any critical scenario we can think of.

Lincoln Generating Facility

The Lincoln Generating Facility program fundamentals include:

Management Leadership and Employee Involvement

Management recognizes and accepts the responsibility in leading all employees in maintaining a safe culture at Lincoln Generating Facility. Responsibility for safety and health at Lincoln Generating Facility is assigned in a variety of ways.

All employees are responsible for the maintenance, housekeeping, and safety of the site. Therefore to assist in the drive of these responsibilities, the site utilizes not only the Safety Committee to lead in these efforts, but also the Safety Promotion and Recognition Program to reward employees for their efforts. Safety is as much an individual’s responsibility as it is a management or company responsibility. All Lincoln Generating Facility employees are expected to leave work in the same physical condition as when they arrived. Therefore, these same employees are responsible to assist in maintaining and improving the sites safety and health programs and are expected to set a safe example for all employees’ contractors and visitors.

Worksite Analysis

All job descriptions are developed with safety accountabilities as a primary component. Safety procedures indicate positions that are responsible for activities and/or documentation.

Job Safety Analysis (JSAs) are developed by the job experts/employees in each area to identify position responsibilities for safe practices. General employee safety responsibilities are stated in the new employee orientation and weekly/ annual safety training at the site. Safety goals and objectives are part of every employee’s performance review.

Health & Safety Performance Goals & Training

Lincoln Generating Facility annually sets safety and performance goals for the site. This allows the site to prioritize its Safety, Health, and Training issues and enhances the recognition of safety, as a long-term commitment. All employees are held accountable in reaching performance goals and objectives. These goals and objectives are measured through the employees’ annual performance review process. The annual reviews include areas of safety, quality and productivity.  Safety, Health, and Training programs and goals are communicated on a regular basis with the employees via new employee orientations, daily meetings, postings and employee evaluations.

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