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Sustainability: the Foundation of Our Science

With long-standing expertise in accelerator science and technology, Brookhaven Lab designs, builds, and operates major scientific facilities and makes them available to university, industry, and government researchers from around the world in support of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science mission. The Lab leverages this access to diverse talent, its stewardship of a significant national research infrastructure, and its location in the northeast to be a regional resource for sustainability expertise and leadership.

We minimize our impact on the environment by reducing the amount of energy we use; constructing building and site infrastructure that puts less demand on the local environment; carrying out research that supports the energy needs of the northeastern United States; and fostering an employee culture that values environmentally responsible practices.

Learn more about Sustainable Brookhaven.

  • general recycling

    <h2>General Recycling</h2><p>Recycle paper, plastic (#1-#7), aluminum cans, glass bottles, and toner cartridges, plastic (#1 through #7). Check BNL Swap for reusable Lab assets.</p>

  • energy conservation

    <h2>Energy Conservation</h2><p>Turn off lights when not in use. Buy Energy Star appliances and products. Install programmable thermostats and set low in winter and high in summer. Report a leaking fixture.</p>

  • personal vehicle

    <h2>Personal Vehicle</h2><p>Properly inflate and rotate tires. Avoid unnecessary speeding and rapid acceleration and braking. Buy fuel-efficient vehicles. Regularly maintain and tune up. Properly dispose of oils and antifreeze. Carpool when possible.</p>

  • computer use

    <h2>Computer Use</h2><p>Utilize power management. Avoid printing documents – and print in black-and-white and double-sided. Use minimum 30 percent recycled paper. Recycle home e-waste in an environmentally-responsible manner. Order and use remanufactured toner cartridges.</p>

  • general

    <h2>General</h2><p>Utilize reusable water containers, coffee mugs, and canvas bags. Purchase sustainable products and minimize waste. Purchase local goods/foods.</p>

  • teach your kids

    <h2>Teach Your Kids</h2><p>Use the principle of “leave no trace” at outdoor activities. Throw garbage in appropriate containers.</p>

Earth Day Events

Apr 20

10 AM

Green Vehicle Showcase

10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Berkner Circle
Come by to see what’s new in the world of electric vehicles, hybrid electric vehicles, and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. Learn about the benefits of owning an energy-efficient vehicle and how you can help reduce air emissions while enjoying increased fuel economy. For more information, contact Jeff Williams Ext. 5587.

Apr 20

10:30 AM

Brookhaven Lab Annual Office Swap

10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Berkner Hall Lobby
A great annual tradition: The Office Swap. Support Brookhaven Lab's Housekeeping Standard to help ensure a safe, healthy, and clean environment for all workers. Clean out your office, conference rooms, and supply closets and get rid of clutter! Bring unwanted supplies to Berkner Hall Lobby and swap or just take what you need – for free! And remember, we've launched the online Brookhaven Lab Swap, which runs year-round. For more information about the Annual Office Swap, contact Francine Donnelly, Ext. 3381.

Apr 20

10:30 AM

Photography Contest Display and Winners Announced

10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Berkner Hall Lobby
Check out the wonderful photography taken by Brookhaven Lab staff, contractors, and visitors who participated in the "People's Choice" Photography Contest based on the theme of “What Does Sustainability Mean to Me?” How did you vote? Come see which photos won!

Apr 20

11:30 AM

Sustainable Brookhaven Lab

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Berkner Hall Lobby
Come learn about how Brookhaven Lab is meeting its sustainability goals outlined in our annual Site Sustainability Plan (SSP) and how you can help the Laboratory reach those goals. We will have information on temperature setback, video conferencing, flex schedules, GSA, green products, sustainability research, and more.

Apr 20

12 PM

E-Waste Drop-Off

Noon to 1 p.m., Berkner Hall Circle
Start your spring cleaning at home! Come drop off your personal electronic waste (E-Waste) and learn how to recycle E-Waste in an environmentally responsible manner. E-Waste includes: computers (laptops and desktops); peripherals (printers, scanners and fax machines); monitors (CRTs and flat screens); and cell phones. Remember to clean your electronics first—check out these free data wiping tools (pdf). For more information, contact Peter Pohlot, Ext. 5660.

Apr 20

4 PM

514th Brookhaven Lecture

4 p.m., Berkner Hall

What Will Earth Be Like in 50 Years?

Ernie R. Lewis, Environmental and Climate Sciences Department

Earth's climate and environment are currently experiencing a number of influences resulting from human activities, key among these being global warming, ocean acidification, and other issues caused by emissions of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and loss of biodiversity and population declines in many species caused by chemicals in the environment. The current states of Earth's climate and environmental health are examined, and these are compared to what they were immediately prior to the first Earth Day in 1970. Outcomes from the first Earth Day, and lessons that may be applied to Earth's current state and to the future, will be presented and discussed. Mark your calendar.