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Sustainable research, operations and community
June 2016 (Vol.4, No. 1)
In this issue...
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.
Energy reduction goal for FY16
2.5% (compared to FY15).
PNNL to install additional EV charging stations on campus.
Electric vehicle (EV) Charging stations are available at the Math Building, in addition to those available to staff at EMSL, SEB and BSF/CSF. Charging stations located at other buildings on campus (LSB, 3440, RSW and 350) are not accessible to staff because they are not powered by ChargePoint. (This enables us to verify for DOE that we are getting full cost-recovery for their use.) The cost is currently $1 per use, and staff can access the charging stations as follows:
We are fortunate to have charging stations on our Richland campus for staff personal use. And although there may not be one right where you want it today, great strides are being made to make charging stations more convenient for those who support sustainability through EV ownership.
Farmers Market Returns: Summers on the Sidewalk
Enjoy the PNNL seasonal Farmers Market on Tuesdays with family, friends and retirees. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. employees can shop the farmers market, listen to music, and eat from food trucks parked close for a quick and tasty lunch.
Summer Wellness Challenge Starts
This year, there are two mini challenges; June 13 – July 3 and July 11 – Aug. 1. Participants can choose to tackle the challenge alone or join a team with fellow peers. They check in daily using the Wellness Tracker to earn points that will take them on a virtual tour through the seven natural wonders of the world. Monitor progress, find ways to earn bonus points, and put fitness to the test with wellness activities throughout the summer.
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Below is a list of PNNL employees who have volunteered to lead the sustainability efforts in each building on our Richland campus. Through periodic email messages and conversations with occupants, the building sustainability champions (BSC) will share more about what it means to be a sustainable citizen of PNNL.
Thank you in advance to all of our new BSCs:
Joe Brown (BSF), Robin Sullivan (ISB 2), Lelia Cosimbescu (PSL), Juliet Homer (Sigma II), Shan Belew (SEB), Danny Taasevigen (ETB), Michel Gray (BSEL), John LaFemina and Jennifer Su-Coker (EMSL), Felipe Leon (MATH), Brianna Durkin (LSB), Meg Pirrung (CSF) and Judy Thomas (ROB).
Would you like to join our growing force of building sustainability champions? Volunteers are still needed for NSB RPL/325, 331, ISB 1, LSL, 3410, 3420, 3430 and 2400 Stevens. Contact Sadie Bender or Jennifer Su-Coker if you are interested in becoming a sustainability champion in one of these buildings.
Bike to Work Day was May 20, 2016, and PNNL had 75 participants at the Richland campus, 8 in Seattle, and 5 in Sequim. Commuters enjoyed snacks, coffee and prizes upon arrival followed by a security escorted parade lap around campus.
Over the last several years, the cycling community at PNNL has grown in size and enthusiasm and this May was no exception. Sixty staff members in Richland, Seattle, and Sequim participated in the national "Bike Anywhere Challenge" and logged their miles throughout the month.
The Richland Rockets team, led by Jon Page (National Security Directorate, pictured), logged the highest average miles per team member (418). As a team they rode nearly 4,600 miles in May. Seven PNNL teams participated in the Federal League of the Challenge nationwide, logging a total of more than 14,600 miles ridden. A huge "thank-you" goes to all team captains, including Peyton Smith (Soil Carbon Cyclers), Jason Pope (Goatheads), Dwight Hughes (Rainshadow Riders), Erin Fitzhenry (Seattle), Scott Titzler (Aquaholics) and Matthew Asmussen (Check Yo Chain).
Single-stream recycling comes to PNNL, and Sigma II gets to try it first!
Before the single-stream recycling pilot program, employees had to separate recyclables into several different bins—mixed paper, plastic, aluminium, tin and glass. Now, recyclables can simply be cleaned, gently rinsed, and placed in a single bin.
"Single-stream" recycling is PNNL's new vision for improving recycling. And it's an important step toward achieving one of our sustainability goals of diverting at least 50% non-hazardous waste annually.
The single-stream recycling practice has been piloted in Sigma II and all existing blue bins in the building were replaced with green bins to separate office paper recycling and the bins for other common recyclables (plastic, aluminum, glass, tin, and mixed paper). The Pollution Prevention (P2) team hopes to make it as easy to use the new single-stream recycling green bin as it is to use the trash can now. So for the previously unconverted, there's no excuse for not recycling.
We have received positive feedback from Sigma II staff and others who have visited Sigma II or are aware of this pilot. The P2 team plans to begin transitioning PNNL from multi-streams recycling to single stream in July/August 2016.
We also now have a complete team of composting leads helping PNNL achieve its waste reduction goals. Volunteer compost leads are: Julie Homer (Sigma 2), Colleen Winters (Sigma 4), Sam Bigger (ETB), Franny White (ROB), Jennifer Su-Coker (EMSL), Felipe Leon (MATH), Brian Moon (NSB), Jennifer Carter (RPL), Jian Liu (PSL), Stephanie Gregory (3420), Ryan Bouffioux (3410), Allison Coyne (EMSL) and Morris Good (2400 Stevens).
Please contact ^PNNL pollution prevention for questions.
PNNL was one of four DOE sites to earn the top honor of Three-Star 2016 EPEAT® (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) Purchaser Award in recognition of excellence in the sustainable procurement of electronics. The other DOE sites were Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory.
EPEAT purchasers must have a written policy in place that requires the purchase of EPEAT-registered electronics, and commit to report annual purchase volumes of EPEAT registered products.
Participation in the program is another example of PNNL's commitment to environmental responsibility. We embrace the EPEAT vision of a world where the negative environmental and social impacts of electronics are continually reduced and electronic products are designed to accelerate the world's transition to sustainability.
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