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Brookhaven Lab Receives Federal Award for Electronics Recycling

Members of BNL’s electronics-recycling team are (from left): Betty Elder, Peter Pohlot, Carl McKeever, Ben Mas¬trocola, Peter Realmuto, Clarence Wilkins, Jim Henderson, Steve Krisman from Specialized Industrial Trucking, and Jerry Quigley. Not present, Donna King.

BNL was named a winner in the Office of the Federal Environmental Executive’s third annual Electronics Reuse & Recycling Campaign at a White House ceremony on December 1 6 . The Lab reused or recycled 143,600 pounds of electronics during fiscal year (FY) 2008, a period from October 1, 2007 to September 30, 2008. 

Members of BNL’s electronics-recycling team are (from left): Betty Elder, Peter Pohlot, Carl McKeever, Ben Mas¬trocola, Peter Realmuto, Clarence Wilkins, Jim Henderson, Steve Krisman from Specialized Industrial Trucking, and Jerry Quigley. Not present, Donna King.

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EPA Partnership Programs

On December 8, 2008, Andrew Bellina, Senior Policy Advisor for USEPA Region II, discussed EPA's partnership programs designed to promote corporate environmental stewardship.  Andrew's presentation is available here.

Residential Energy Forum

On June 26, 2008, BNL sponsored a Residential Energy Forum at Berkner Hall.  Four speakers presented information about residential energy options and answered questions from the audience.
(Click on a speaker's name to see the presentation)

David Beaulieu discussed low-tech, cost-effective solutions (insulation, air-sealing, thermo pane windows, etc.) that should be considered prior to higher tech/higher cost changes. He also profiled LIPA's Home Performance Assessment.

Tom Butcher, head of BNL's Energy Resources Division, has a long track record of research and development on combustion, heating systems and efficiency. He discussed ways to achieve very high efficiency with integrated hot water heating systems. He also presented a free web-based tool that provides a fuel savings calculator, developed through work at BNL.

Kaitlin Thomasson spent the last two summers working at BNL on energy research through the Office of Educational Programs. This summer she participated in the Department of Energy’s Pre-Service Teacher Program and plans to become a math teacher. She is one of over 150 students participating in research activities here at BNL this summer. She discussed the different wood stove technologies available on the market.

Gordian Raacke is founder and executive director of Renewable Energy Long Island (RELI), a not-for-profit organization promoting clean and sustainable energy use and generation on Long Island. RELI is the only membership-supported organization with an exclusive focus on energy efficiency and renewable energy, working to protect Long Island’s environment, economy and public health and to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.



Notices

The deadline for submission of projects for the DOE Pollution Prevention Awards Program is November 30, 2008.  For more information, contact Peter Pohlot, BNL P2 Coordinator.

Environmental Awards

BNL Wins a 2008 Federal Electronics Challenge Silver Level Award.  April 9, 2008 -- The EPA's Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics announced that will be receiving the 2008 Federal Electronics Challenge Silver Level Award during the Federal Environmental Symposium on June 4, 2008, which is being held at the NIH in Bethesda Maryland.

BNL Wins DOE P2 Star Honorable Mention Award.  March 28, 2008 -- DOE announced that BNL was awarded a P2 Star Honorable Mention award by the Department of Energy for  “Fluorescently Labeled Oligonucleotides” . This process was developed by Betsy Sutherland of the Biology Department.

BNL Wins DOE P2 Award.  January 11 2008 -- DOE announced that BNL was awarded a Best in Class P2 award by the Office of Science for  “Fluorescently Labeled Oligonucleotides” (a laboratory method that eliminates the need to use an isotope for tagging DNA) . This process was developed by Betsy Sutherland of the Biology Department. The project has also been submitted for consideration for a P2 Star Award and White House Closing the Circle Award.

BNL Wins 3 DOE P2 Awards.  December 20, 2006 -- DOE announced that BNL was awarded three P2 awards for the following nominations "On-Site Reuse of Concrete from Demolition Projects for New Construction Projects" (BEST IN CLASS), "Environmental Stewardship: Expanding the Envelope of the BNL Environmental Management System (EMS) Through Voluntary Participation" (Noteworthy Practice) and "Animal Bedding Composting" (Noteworthy Practice). Out of all of the nominations submitted across the DOE complex, 8 nominations were recognized with awards, with 3 of the 8 going to BNL.

BNL Receives National Partnership for Environmental Priorities Award.  Brookhaven National Laboratory has been honored with a National Partnership for Environmental Priorities (NPEP) Achievement Award for reducing both its mercury waste generation and its inventory of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). The NPEP encourages public and private organizations to form voluntary partnerships with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce the use or release of any of 31 priority toxic chemicals and metals identified by the EPA. The goal of the program is to reduce the use or release of four million pounds of these toxic substances by 2011.

BNL Wins 2 DOE P2 Awards.  February 2006 -- DOE announced that BNL was awarded two P2 awards for the following nominations "Bio-based Hydraulic Fluid Use at BNL" and "Hydrogen Peroxide Paint Stripping". Out of all of the nominations submitted across the DOE complex, 8 nominations were recognized with awards, 3 of the 8 going to BNL.

BNL Wins DOE P2 Best in Class Award.  April 2005 -- DOE announced that BNL was awarded a Best in Class Award "in recognition of your outstanding contribution and commitment to pollution prevention and environmental stewardship through development and implementation of the Fleet Managers Pollution Prevention Workshop".

BNL Wins White House Closing the Circle Award.  May 2004 -- The Office of the Federal Environmental Executive announced that Battelle Memorial Institute was awarded the prestigious White House Closing the Circle award for "Corporate Commitment to Environmental Stewardship and Environmental Management Systems". The team represented in the nomination was Brookhaven National Lab, Oak Ridge National Lab, and Pacific Northwest National Lab. BNL was the first DOE National Lab to implement an EMS and become registered to the ISO 14001 standard. BNL's EMS and pollution prevention program were featured in the nomination.

BNL Wins USEPA Environmental Quality Award.  April 2004 -- The USEPA Region II announced that Brookhaven National Lab was awarded the 2004 Environmental Quality Award for the creation and management of the Upton Ecological Research Reserve. The award was presented to Dr. Tim Green (BNL), Peter Kelly (US Fish & Wildlife), Jeremy Feinberg (US Fish & Wildlife) and Frank Crescenzo (USDOE).

BNL Wins DOE Office of Science "Best in Class" Award.  March 2004 -- the DOE Office of Science announced that Battelle Memorial Institute was awarded the 'Best in Class' Pollution Prevention award for "Corporate Commitment to Environmental Stewardship and Environmental Management Systems". The team represented in the nomination was Brookhaven National Lab, Oak Ridge National Lab, and Pacific Northwest National Lab. BNL was the first DOE National Lab to implement an EMS and become registered to the ISO 14001 standard. BNL's EMS and pollution prevention program were featured in the nomination.

BNL wins two DOE Pollution Prevention Awards! The Department of Energy awarded Brookhaven National Laboratory two DOE National Pollution Prevention Awards. The awards were presented to George Goode and Susan Briggs at the Pollution Prevention Conference on June 20, 2001 in Albuquerque. The winning nomination titles were “Process Evaluation Project” and “Environmental Management System Principles Leading Change”. Both nominations were submitted as team projects and all team members will receive award certificates. In addition to the two winning nominations, BNL was also runner-up with the nomination entitled “ HFBR Facility Stabilization”. This was the first time BNL has won a P2 national award.

 

Other P2 News

Sustainable Purchasing Regulations & Environmentally Preferred Purchasing Presentations.  On July 23, 2007 Sandra Cannon (EcoPurchasing) and Don Lentzen (DOE) presented the following four PowerPoint presentations:

Fleet Managers Learn About Pollution Prevention at Brookhaven Lab.  April 30, 2004 — Alternative-fuel vehicles, vegetable-based hydraulic fluids, and re-refined motor oil are a few of the technologies that the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory uses to protect the environment while reducing waste disposal costs through pollution prevention. These and other technologies have proven to be so successful that Brookhaven Lab and its Community Advisory Council — a group of about 30 member organizations that represent business, civic, education, employee, community, and environment and health organizations — hosted a free one-day workshop at the Laboratory on fleet-maintenance pollution-prevention techniques to spread the word to local businesses and government agencies on how to economize and be earth-friendly in managing large numbers of vehicles. About 50 participants attended the workshop, and they came from a variety of institutions, including the Towns of Brookhaven, Huntington, Oyster Bay and Southold; Northrop Grumman Corporation; the Riverhead Central School District; Suffolk County Water Authority; and United Parcel Service. Workshop speakers included Brookhaven experts as well as guest speakers from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and KeySpan. In addition, several vendors supplying pollution prevention products/techniques were also on hand.

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