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Sustainability Principles

Sustainability: the Foundation of Our Science

The Laboratory’s efforts in sustainability have been consistent over the last several years and they focus on four broad principles:

  1. Striving to be climate neutral through reducing energy use and effective energy 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 northeastern region; and
  4. Fostering a culture of sustainability with our employees and our community.

The Laboratory remains strongly committed to supporting and achieving the targets in the DOE Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan (SSPP) though the development and management of the annual Site Sustainability Plan (SSP). Leadership in sustainability is demonstrated through the Laboratory’s management practices, stewardship of the Lab campus, as well as our research and education programs. The efforts in sustainability are communicated widely across the Laboratory, and the Senior Leadership team remains actively engaged.

Earth Day Events

Apr 19

9:30 AM

Office Sustainability Showcase and Seminar on How to Purchase Environmentally Preferred Products (with John Collins, Strategic Programs Manager, Procurement and Property Management)

9:30 to 11 a.m., Bldg. 555 Outside Hamilton Seminar Room
Learn about green office products and how to buy Environmentally Preferred Products (EPP) at the Earth Day Sustainable Office event! All Lab employees are invited to learn more about “green” office supplies, ask questions, and refresh their knowledge on how to purchase EPP.

The EPP presentation will be in two parts: The first part of the presentation explains EPP compliance requirements. The second part focuses on how to buy items or services that meet the compliance requirements and specifications. A must for all buyers and those who request office supplies, computers, laptops, tablets and imaging equipment.

Light refreshments will be served and there will be door prizes.

Apr 19

10 AM

Environmental Vendors

10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Berkner Hall Lobby
Come visit several vendors for Earth Day. These will include informational vendors like the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Town of Brookhaven. The Long Island Aquarium and Quogue Wildlife Refuge will encourage you to visit nature. And the Shinnecock Indian Nation will discuss the restoration of Shinnecock Bay and their Aquaculture program.

Apr 19

10 AM

Brookhaven Lab Annual Office Swap

10 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 bring your toner cartridge numbers so you can search for compatible swap items! For more information about the Annual Office Swap, contact Francine Donnelly, Ext. 3381.

Apr 19

10 AM

Recycling Display

10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Berkner Hall Lobby
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.

Apr 19

10 AM

Photography Contest Display and Winners Announced

10 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. How did you vote? Come see the winning photos!

Apr 19

10 AM

Rideshare Service

10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Berkner Hall Lobby
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.

Apr 19

11 AM

Green Vehicle Showcase

11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Berkner Hall 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 19

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 Deborah Bauer, Ext. 5664.