Sara Duvall
Senior Advisor
Operational Services
12 years of service
Sara Duvall
Senior Advisor
Operational Services
12 years of service

Sara is the Hazardous Waste Program lead supplying waste management services, education, guidance and compliance with regulatory requirements for the company. Managing the transportation and disposal of thousands of tons of waste materials from hundreds of locations across 50,000 square miles is an intense juggling act. The typical number of waste-related transactions in a year is 30,000 pieces of equipment and 17,000 containers of waste. Handling this volume with a limited number of resources is where Sara shines as a leader. Last year, she issued an RFP for waste management services that resulted in a 5.6% reduction in transportation costs and a 4.4% reduction in labor rates of an annual spend of $6 million.

She was the driving force behind changing the process to manage electrical equipment and waste from Contractor Project Stores (CPS). She developed a process change that allowed for units to be picked up directly from CPS that eliminated extra touch points in the process. The proposal required a cost determination, statement of benefits and proposed implementation plan. Stakeholders were presented with the information and received authorization to move forward, highlighting how “changing the norm” would result in benefits to the company. In addition to this project, Sara is currently gaining state approval to exempt mineral oil from certain hazardous waste regulations and fees, which would result in approximately $700,000 in savings per year.

She is always willing to take on a task without question or pushback. Her calm and upbeat personality can help colleagues get through the times when the work can sometimes be overwhelming. Even when the workload is daunting, she perseveres to meet deadlines, compliance filings and other internal milestones. She does this with a “can-do” attitude and will reach out for assistance and support when warranted, and as a leader, delegates when it’s appropriate. She sees the need and offers herself up as part of the solution.