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Open House to be Lab’s First Zero Waste Event

The Open House on Saturday, Oct. 13, will be the Lab’s first zero-waste event. Event organizers and exhibitors are working hard to avoid using items that must be thrown away in favor of items that can be reused, composted or recycled. To limit the number of programs printed, a mobile version will be available for download. All of the food service items will be compostable or recyclable. Each of the material streams from the event will be measured to report percentage by weight of compost, recycling, and landfill collected. Lab staff who are attending Open House as guests are encouraged to help make the landfill portion zero. For more information, or to volunteer for the Open House Sustainability Team, send e-mail here.


  1. This is great, but as a research institute emphasizing energy research, can we improve our reuse, compost, recycling programs? Like encouraging double sided printers/copiers, clean paper made of 100% recycled materials, and recycling styrofoam, plastic bags, and different kinds of plastic. It is “interesting” that the compostable refuse is bagged in regular plastic bags (most of the time), dumped into dumpster along with regular garbage, and waited for refuse company to sort the garbage.