Today at Berkeley Lab

Lab’s Restroom Retrofit Project Saves Over Half a Million Gallons of Water Per Year

Sustainable Berkeley Lab (SBL) and Facilities partnered to retrofit restrooms across the Hill site, resulting in an annual water savings of over half a million gallons. This effort supports the Lab’s goal to reduce water-use intensity by 36% by 2025. More>

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Electric Vehicle Discount Offer Available to Lab Employees

Lab employees are eligible for a steep $10,000 discount on the purchase of a Nissan Leaf, in addition to other federal and state rebates. Offer ends March 31. Find the information you need to take to the Nissan dealership here.

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New Refrigerators at the Lab are Saving 70% on Energy

Sustainable Berkeley Lab (SBL) has evaluated and replaced old, inefficient refrigerators in break rooms across the Hill campus. In support of the Lab’s sustainability targets, the new units have been verified to use an average of 70% less energy. Save money and energy by upgrading your old refrigerator. Go here to view the Refrigerator Purchasing Guide. More>

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Berkeley Lab Sustainability Performance and Plan

Check out the Lab’s Site Sustainability Plan (SSP), covering last year’s progress towards sustainability goals, as well as plans for FY17. The Lab’s sustainability highlights include a 34% decrease in water use intensity since 2007, a 21% decrease in greenhouse gas since 2008, a waste diversion rate of 70%, and completing a significant energy saving project in ALS Building 6. More>

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Chu Hall Garners LEED Gold Certification

Chu Hall has achieved LEED Gold Certification. LEED is a prominent green building certification that rates a building’s sustainability aspects, including indoor environmental quality and the efficient use of water, energy, and materials. Chu Hall (Bldg. 30) joins the Lab’s three other LEED Gold buildings and one LEED Platinum building. More>

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WANTED: Have You Seen This Waste Disposal Poster?

Turn in outdated waste management posters (aka “Green” posters) like this one for a reward…a new Waste Guide with updated information on what to do with various kinds of regulated and non-regulated waste. E-mail sbl@lbl.gov to receive your reward, or download it from the Lab Cleanup website (prints best at 11” x 17”). More>

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Energy Efficient Refrigerators Coming to a Building Near You

Sustainable Berkeley Lab is replacing the Lab’s old, inefficient, break room refrigerators with new models that use half the energy. This project supports the Lab’s effort to meet the federal goal of reducing greenhouse gases 50% by 2025. As refrigerators are one of the most energy-intensive appliances in the home, you can save money and energy by upgrading your home refrigerator to a new Energy Star model. More>

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Minimize Paper Use to Reduce Environmental Impact at Work

Print only when necessary and choose double-sided. Use “one-side-clean” paper for scratch paper. Purchase 50-100% post-consumer recycled ​content printer/copier paper, in accordance with DOE’s GreenBuy Awards Program. Find recycled paper, toner cartridges, and other green products in eBuy’s “Sustainability”​​ section. Go here for more on green purchasing.

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Amit Kothari Takes a Balanced Approach to Commuting

Amit Kothari, the Lab’s senior manager of Transportation & Parking, tried five commute options
in five days for his 64-mile roundtrip commute from Dublin: driving alone, carpooling, taking
BART, riding the Lab shuttles, and telecommuting. In this latest issue of the Commuter Chronicles, Kothari shares the results of his week-long experiment.

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Lab Receives 2016 Sustainable Purchasing Award

The Green Electronics Council announced winners of the 2016 EPEAT Sustainable Purchasing Awards, recognizing excellence in procurement of sustainable electronics. Berkeley Lab was one of 10 organizations, including five DOE labs, receiving the highest level Three-Star Award. Winners were recognized for procurement efforts in up to three categories: PCs and Displays, Imaging Equipment and Televisions. More>

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