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Sustainability Tips

The Laboratory’s efforts in sustainability focus on four broad principles:

  1. Striving to be climate neutral through energy use and management.
  2. Lowering the environmental impact of the campus through sustainable infrastructure.
  3. Leveraging research in conjunction with our operations and in support of the northeast region.
  4. Fostering a culture of sustainability with our employees and our community.
  • 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 22

10 AM

Green Vehicle Showcase

10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Berkner Circle
For the first time, the Green Vehicle Showcase will feature battery assisted bicycles! And of course, come by to see what’s new in the world of electric vehicles, hybrid electric vehicles, and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. We have vehicles from more manufacturers than ever before: BMW, Volkswagen, Honda, Toyota, Ford, Nissan, and even Tesla. 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 22

10:30 AM

BNL Annual Office Swap

10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Berkner Hall Lobby
A great annual tradition: The Office Swap. Support BNL'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 BNL Swap, which runs year-round. For more information about the Annual Office Swap, contact Francine Donnelly, Ext. 3381.

Apr 22

10:30 AM

"Green" Office

10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Berkner Hall Lobby
One of the biggest hits of last year's Earth Day experience is back! The "Green" Office returns to Berkner to showcase recycling, power management, and the benefits of purchasing environmentally preferred products—all to help reduce the environmental impact of our office activities. Learn about the Lab's temperature setback policy, and how you can help the Lab conserve energy. Come see how you can make a difference. For more information, contact Debbie Bauer, Ext. 5664.

Apr 22

10:30 AM

"People's Choice" Photography Contest

10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Berkner Hall Lobby
Check out the wonderful photography taken by BNL staff, contractors, and visitors who participated in the "People's Choice" Photography Contest based on the themes of conservation, community, alternative power, energy efficiency, and sustainability. How did you vote? Come see which photos won!

Apr 22

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 28

4 PM

BSA Distinguished Lecture

4 p.m., Berkner Hall
Dr. Gavin Schmidt of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies will speak on climate change and will discuss the use and misuse of climate models and demonstrate that "they are indeed good for something(s)." Schmidt is a climate scientist and Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. He works on understanding past, present and future climate change and on the development and evaluations of coupled climate models. He has worked on assessing the climate response to multiple forcings, including solar irradiance, atmospheric chemistry, aerosols, and greenhouse gases. He tweets at @ClimateOfGavin. Don't miss this great speaker on this important topic. Mark your calendar.