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Be part of the solution

Want to help the Lab reduce its carbon footprint and run a more sustainable operation? Here are three things you can do to help.



We all work to recycle everything we can, but be aware that some of the rules have changed. Now, food and drink-related glassware go into garbage containers along with other non-recyclable items instead of recycling bins. Learn more.



Choose Blue Jeans video web conferencing instead of travelling for meetings and conferences. Blue Jeans is a cloud-based tool that can be used for internal meetings or with people outside Brookhaven.
Learn more.


Smart Purchasing

Purchase Environmentally Preferable Products. The Procurement & Property Management Division has a great list of commonly-ordered products that meet Environmentally Preferable Purchasing guidelines.

Learn about the Lab’s sustainability principles and more by reading the annual Site Sustainability Plan.

Earth Day Events, April 18

11 AM

Developed at Brookhaven: Scale-up and Demonstration of Solar Forecasting

Berkner Hall Lobby until 2 p.m.

Learn about “Nowcasting”—technology developed at Brookhaven Lab for predicting changes in available solar energy that improves forecasting accuracy by 20 to 50 percent over current techniques. Paul Kalb, Deputy Department Chair for Environmental and Climate Sciences, will be on hand to answer questions.

11 AM


Berkner Hall Lobby until 2 p.m.

Come learn about the Environment for Earth Day. Available information will include the Long Island Aquarium and Quogue Wildlife Refuge will encourage you to visit nature. And the Groundwater Model will show you what happens when things are spilled on the ground.

11 AM

Recycling Display

Berkner Hall Lobby until 2 p.m.

Do you know which paper, plastic, and metal items you can recycle? (It’s most of them!) See a display and ask questions of our experts. They’ll show you the value the Lab gains from its recycling program, and show you how easy it is for you to participate in its success.

11 AM

Photography Contest Display, Announcement of Winners

Berkner Hall Lobby until 2 p.m.

Check out the wonderful photography taken by Brookhaven Lab staff—and this year BNL kids—who participated in the Photography Contest. There are three categories: People’s Choice, The Pollinators, and Youth. How did you vote? Come see the winning photos!

11 AM

Rideshare Service

Berkner Hall Lobby until 1 p.m.

Visit the MetroPool table to learn how the 511 NY Rideshare program works. Seek out rideshare partners using the 511 NY Rideshare Matching Service and learn about the 511 NY Rideshare Guaranteed Ride Service available to all Lab staff who rideshare.

11 AM

Brookhaven Lab Annual Office Swap

Berkner Hall Lobby until 2 p.m.

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 your office—for free! And bring your toner cartridge numbers so you can search for compatible swap items! For more information about the Annual Office Swap, contact Carol Shea, Ext. 6033.

11 AM

Green Vehicle Showcase

Berkner Hall Circle until 1 p.m.

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.

12 noon

E-Waste Drop-Off

Berkner Hall Circle until 1 p.m.

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 Deborah Bauer, Ext. 5664

Photo contests

BSA Earth Day 2019 Photo Contests

Enter your photo in the 2019 Earth Day Photo Contest. This year there are three categories: People’s Choice; The Pollinators—without them our flowers and food are in trouble; and Youth.

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Native plant seedling giveaway

Come pick out a Winterberry or Virginia Rose seedling to plant in your yard while supplies last. Here’s the data sheet on both varieties (PDF).

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Share the ride, save gas

The Laboratory participates in Long Island’s Commuter Choice Program and with gas prices on the rise, this is a great time to start ridesharing. Save money by sharing driving expenses and by reducing daily wear-and-tear on your vehicle. Contact Jeff Williams Ext. 5587 to learn more.

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Earth Day 2019 Crossword Puzzle

Show what you know by completing the Earth Day 2019 crossword puzzle. Download the puzzle (PDF), and bring your completed page to Berkner lobby on April 18 to get a seedling to plant and for a chance to win a prize.