Today at Berkeley Lab

Check out the Lab’s Sustainability Report & Plan

The Lab has completed its annual Sustainability Report for FY 2018, and plans for FY 2019. One significant achievement is maintained, annual energy savings totaling 6.7 million kWh. That’s equivalent to the generation from a 17-acre solar array. Visit the Waste Guide to learn one way to fulfill your critical role in the Lab’s sustainability goals. Go here for more about the Lab’s Sustainability Report.

Chief Sustainability Officer Updates Berkeley City Council on Lab’s Achievements

Berkeley Lab’s Chief Sustainability Officer John Elliott recently presented a summary of the Lab’s climate and sustainability strategies and achievements to the Berkeley City Council. The council meeting also included an update on the city’s own climate action plan and UC Berkeley’s climate and sustainability strategies and achievements. Read more about the meeting on the Berkeleyside website.

Lighting Upgrade in Bldg. 50 Garages Generates 95% Savings in Energy

In collaboration with the Lab’s Sustainability team, Facilities upgraded 25 lights in the two garages under Building 50. The new 33-watt LED lights were adjusted to an appropriate light level per industry best practices, and each light dims down further until its motion sensor is triggered. The result is 95 percent energy savings and higher quality lighting. More>

Celebrate Plastic-Free July by Avoiding Disposable Plastics

July is “Plastic-Free Month.” Avoid landfill, reduce your eco-footprint, and protect the ocean by reducing your use of plastics. Did you know that bioplastic is not compostable? Check out the Waste Guide to learn why and get tips on how you can help the Lab reach its Zero Waste Goals. More>

Catch What You Missed During Earth Month

The Lab’s Earth Month celebration in April included an e-bike meetup, a movie about food waste, environmental tips from a panel of Lab researchers, and a comprehensive presentation on the Lab’s natural history. Check out videos, photos, and more here.

Discover a Great Way to Commute at E-Bike Meetup on April 30

May is National Bike Month. Get prepared by learning about the benefits of an electric bike. Do good for the planet, get some exercise, skip parking, and navigate the hills of Berkeley with ease. If you’re interested in electric bikes or already have one, join an informal gathering of e-bikers on Monday, April 30, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the picnic area outside Buildings 30 and 33. Can’t make it? Check out the E-Bike FAQs.

Celebrate Earth Day on April 22

For nearly 50 years, Earth Day has celebrated the planet we call home and encouraged its inhabitants to be good stewards. Even small steps make a difference at home and work. For ideas, see the Sustainable Berkeley Lab and EPA websites. And be sure to stop by the Safety, Security, and Sustainability Fair on April 26, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the cafeteria parking lot.

Earth Month: April 19 Screening of ‘WASTED!”

Are you aware that nearly 40% of food in the U.S. is thrown away? Did you know that the Lab and the University of California have a goal of zero waste by 2020? Come to the Lab’s screening of “Wasted!” and get inspired by delicious ways to tackle food waste. The screening runs from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. See more Earth Month events here.

Safety, Security & Sustainability Fair Takes Place April 26

The fair — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the cafeteria parking lot — features info on hearing conservation, bicycle safety, and HR disability benefits, as well activities like simulated fire evacuations from the “Smokehouse,” and UC Berkeley’s bomb truck demos. The Bay View Café will offer a BBQ lunch, and attendees can enter a raffle to win an emergency backpack or radio. More>

Lab Achieves Water Reuse Milestone

The wastewater treatment unit at Building 70A recycled its three millionth gallon of water to a nearby cooling tower. Recycling water helps the Lab meet a water-use reduction goal of 36 percent by 2025 (2007 baseline). Key people in this project include Larry Antles, Mike Botello, Louis Chan, Rick Curtis, Robert Fox, James Harris, John Jelinski, John Parker, and John Wunderlich. More>