Employee Spotlight: San Francisco

By Office of Corporate Communications
December 21, 2016

This image shows Susanne Turner performing her duties as Safety, Occupational Health & Environmental Manager at the U.S. Mint in San Francisco.
Susanne Turner performing her duties as Safety, Occupational Health & Environmental Manager at the U.S. Mint in San Francisco.

Safety, Occupational Health & Environmental Manager Susanne Turner enjoys a lot about her work at the U.S. Mint in San Francisco.

She can talk at length about the Mint’s initiatives to reduce chemical usage and conserve water, especially during times of drought in California.

She can elaborate on the Mint’s impressive “green” initiatives, such as green purchasing and its green roof, which uses plants to regulate temperature in the building and prevent rainwater from washing Freon and dirt into the sewer system.

She can even detail the countless hours of work that went into achieving the Mint’s ISO 14001 certification, which provides assurance that environmental impact is being measured and improved.

But the thing Susanne enjoys most about the San Francisco Mint is the feeling of belonging to a family.

“I’ve worked here for 3.5 years,” she says, “and it’s been like working in a family environment.”

“I’m happier now that I’ve been in the last two decades,” says Susanne.

Prior to joining the Mint, Susanne had a variety of different experiences in her career. She served as a nurse in the U.S. Air Force, worked on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System, and started her federal career with the Department of Justice in the Bureau of Prisons.

Along with the joy of family life, which includes five girls and four grandkids, Susanne also enjoys hobbies such as traveling, fishing, crabbing, hiking, cooking and wood carving.

Susanna appreciates being part of a supportive team above all other aspects of her job.

“We have a great team here in San Francisco, and they are unreplaceable,” she says. “A simple smile from one of the many caring people here can change the entire day.”

The Mint's “green roof” in San Francisco prevents rainwater from washing Freon and dirt into the sewer system.
The Mint’s “green roof” in San Francisco prevents rainwater from washing Freon and dirt into the sewer system.

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