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Sustainable research, operations and community
March 2016 (Vol.3, No. 4)
In this issue...
Just released: The PNNL 2015 Sustainability Report is now available. The report provides an integrated look at the social, economic and environmental impacts of our performance. PNNL uses the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines for sustainability reporting to track our performance in a consistent and comparable way over time and gauge whether we're excelling in all three areas. View the Executive Summary PDF or the full contents of the report. By thinking holistically while focusing on what is most important to our stakeholders, we steward the long-term success of PNNL.
Today's workforce is more mobile than ever. At PNNL, we use the latest Skype for Business software, which is more capable than ever. Use it from your desktop, laptop, iPad, iPhone, or Android device. Wherever you go you can stay connected via chat, audio, or video. Teleworking and on-line meetings help reduce PNNL's Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions from employee commuting and business travel. A wealth of one-line training resources are available on the Connected website.
PNNL is deemed a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Business. We encourage bicycling for wellness and for the environment.
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The Sustainability Pays Program, with supplemental funding from the National Security Directorate and Pollution Prevention Program, awarded nearly $50,000 to projects/suggestions with the best payback and measurable impacts on PNNL's Triple Bottom Line performance:
Can you commit to trying an alternative commute method once a week?
Our daily commute contributes to the carbon footprint of PNNL, and we have goals to reduce the Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions 25% from 2008 levels by 2025. Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions include emissions from business travel and your personal commute to work.
The good news: there are great alternatives to a traditional commute to PNNL that can promote work-life balance, save you money, and help reduce PNNL's impact on the earth!
Take a healthy alternative like biking or walking to work. Carpool with a coworker and get to know them better. Take the bus and read a book (or email) on the way. Work from home; get an hour back in your day.
Need help? Sadie Bender of the Energy and Environment Directorate is PNNL's new Alternative Commute Coordinator. She will be working hard in the coming months share information about alternatives and make it easier for you to use them. If you have alternative commuting success stories, lessons learned, questions or suggestions please reach out to Sadie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hydropower costs could be reduced, buildings could use less energy and adhesives could be made from plants under three new projects announced by the Department of Energy. PNNL is being awarded a total of $625,000 to advance these technologies. The three projects are part of the first round of funding for DOE's new Small Business Vouchers Pilot. Nearly $6.7 million in total funding was announced today to support technologies being developed by 33 different small businesses. Each small business will also provide an additional 20 percent in cost-share funding or in-kind services for each project.
PNNL recently received a bronze-level Department of Energy (DOE) GreenBuy Award for 2015. When it comes to buying environmentally friendly products, PNNL purchasing goes above and beyond the minimum compliance requirements.
The GreenBuy Program, launched in 2010, recognizes DOE sites for excellence in purchasing products that save energy, conserve water, and reduce health and environmental impacts. This year's award recognizes PNNL's exemplary compliant purchasing in the following areas:
Special thanks to those who helped prepare and submit the application (Jennifer Su-Coker and Dan Edwards (Environmental Planning), Brianna Durkin (B2B Program), Pam Ralston (Facility Services), and Scott Snyder (Computing Services). The real kudos go to the staff at PNNL for their decisions purchasing decisions — keep up the great work!
PNNL's Mid-Columbia STEM Education Collaboratory hosted a train-the-trainer workshop which brought together 25 community partners and educators to learn how to host their own Family Engineering events. By engaging in hands-on activities from the Family Engineering resource, participants honed their own ability to help facilitate similar events in our community. It's a move to sustain our impact and get the next generation excited about engineering for years to come. Community partners play a key role in strong science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education "ecosystems" (LaForce et al., 2014).
If you have feedback, questions or story ideas for our next issue, please send an email to Sustainability@pnnl.gov.