The implementation of pollution prevention opportunities, recycling programs, and conservation initiatives has significantly reduced both waste volumes and management costs at the Lab. During the last 10 years these efforts resulted in more than $20.4 million in cost avoidance and approximately 38,000 tons of materials being reduced, recycled, or reused annually.
BNL has an active and successful solid waste recycling program. We recycle paper, cardboard, bottles and cans, construction debris, motor oil, scrap metals, automotive batteries, electronics, fluorescent bulbs, cutting oils, tires, printer/toner cartridges, and Tyvek. In fact, during the last 10 years we have recycled 2,232 tons of metal, which is equivalent to 1,336 cars.
Our Water Conservation Program has achieved dramatic reductions in water use since the mid-1990s. In each of the last 5 years, the Lab’s water consumption total was approximately half of the 1998 total – a reduction of nearly a half-billion gallons per year.
Transportation sustainability is more than a concept at BNL – it’s a practice. We have made great strides toward reducing our carbon footprint by transforming our vehicle fleet to alternative fuel vehicles, by employees carpooling to work, and by establishing flexible work schedules that allow employees to make fewer trips between home and work.
In 2011, alternative fuel vehicles made up 40 percent of our fleet. This included 74 compressed natural gas and 26 flexible fuel vehicles that use E-85, a mix of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline. BNL also has 44 off-road vehicles that use B20, a blend of 20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent diesel. Twenty-four electric off-road vehicles round out the BNL fleet.
The Lab has been a participant in the Commuter Choice Program administered by MetroPool since its inception in 2004. Aspects of the program include a ride-matching service and a no-cost, guaranteed ride service for Rideshare participants.
BNL purchases Green Seal Certified janitorial supplies and HEPA vacuum cleaners that meet LEED indoor air quality requirements. Appliances and electronic equipment meet ENERGY STAR requirements and WaterSense plumbing fixtures are installed throughout the Lab.
BNL purchased “green” concrete for the construction of the NSLS-II. Green concrete contains fly ash and slag, byproducts of the coal combustion process. This increases the durability of the concrete and reduces the amount of cement needed. If it had been landfilled, the fly ash in the NSLS-II concrete would have covered roughly 20 acres, one foot deep.
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