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Brookhaven celebrates Earth Day 2021!

On Earth Day, we invite you to take “Action for Earth.” Learn about what you can do to help preserve, protect and provide for our shared environment – at the Lab, in our community, and beyond.


Preserve the Earth

Get outside. Enjoy a walk and view nature. Take some pictures of the beauty you find and submit them in the photo contests. You could win a prize!.


Protect the Earth

By reducing your impact. Use canvas grocery bags, reusable coffee cups, and reusable straws.


Provide for the Earth

Provide for the Earth by taking action such as reducing your shower time or buying your produce package free.

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

The Lab’s Earth Day Activities

Family Fun Earth Day Activities

Join in the family fun with the Office of Educational Programs (OEP) and the Brookhaven Employees Recreation Association/Quality of Life Office (BERA/QOL).

The Virtual Trivia night with OEP is April 21. The next day, learn about skills for animal tracking during “Outside Observation” on April 22. Then “Learn to be a Garden Chemist” with BERA/QOL on April 22.

Registration required for all three activities. Details.

The Lorax Drive-in Movie, 4/23

April 23 at 8 p.m. – Westfield South Shore Mall, 1701 Sunrise Highway, Bay Shore, NY 11706

$40 per car load – BNLers use discount code Save10atDrive to save $10

Purchase your ticket.

See the animated film “The Lorax,” the Dr. Seuss classic family-friendly fable about the consequences of ignoring conservation that first found its way to bookstores 50 years ago. The message couldn’t be more important today. Rated PG. 93 minutes.

COVID-19 and the Environment

We all know COVID-19 has impacted our lives, but what changes have we noticed in the environment? Check out this infographic for details.

E-Waste Recycling Options

Though the lab will not be able to host a drop-off event on site this Earth Day, here are links to the waste disposal websites for the local townships:

E-Waste includes: computers (laptops and desktops); peripherals (printers, scanners and fax machines); monitors (CRTs and flat screens); and cell phones. Hard drives, SIM cards, and other device memory should be removed. For more information, contact Deborah Bauer at Ext. 5664.

For more tips about recycling during the pandemic, view this infographic.

The Garden Club

Did you know there’s a BERA Garden Club? They host monthly meetings to discuss gardening information and share practical and creative ideas for gardening on Long Island and at the Brookhaven Square Park. For more information contact Alison Clark at Ext. 7111.

This Earth Day, we’re highlight two of the Garden Club’s recent meetings, with BNLers presenting on their gardening and nature expertise.

In February, Wendy Morrin of the Business Services Directorate discussed how to sow winter seeds.

And in March, Erin Gettler of the Benefits Office presented on gardening for butterflies and birds.

Earth Day Around the DOE Lab Complex

Brookhaven Square Tree Planting

To commemorate Earth Day, the EPD staff planted a Linden Tree. You can visit it in Brookhaven Square.

Photo contests

Earth Day 2021 Photo Contest

Enter your photo in the 202 Earth Day Photo Contest. There are two categories: People’s Choice and Youth.

We’ll host a videoconference on April 22 at 11 a.m. to announce the winners and share an online album of all the entries. You’ll get to see all the wonderful photography taken by Brookhaven Lab staff—and the children of Lab staff—who participate.

Also, consider entering the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Photo Contest.

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EV 101 Recap and Replay

EPD’s Jeff Williams hosted a live viewing and Q&A of the Green Energy Consumers Alliance presentation “Electric Vehicles 101”.

Learn about buying or leasing a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) or battery electric vehicle (BEV). Also learn about:

  • The environmental benefits of electric vehicles over internal combustion vehicles (ICVs).
  • The public health benefits derived from no tail pipe emissions of NOx, VOCs, particulates, and reduced GHGs.
  • The efficiency of electric vehicles compared to ICVs.
  • The lower fuel costs and maintenance costs.
  • Purchase & lease incentives: Total cost of ownership comparisons of PHEVs, BEVs and ICVs.
  • What fun PHEVs and BEVs are to drive.
  • Charging options and how to locate charging stations.

Watch the EV 101 Presentation video on YouTube.

Watch the video replay of Jeff’s discussion of electric vehicle use on Long Island and location of charging stations at Brookhaven Lab.

Review Jeff’s PowerPoint slides.

Contact Jeff at Ext. 5587 to learn more.