Happy Earth Week 2015!

    Date Event

    Monday,

    April 20

    Nothing planned.

    Tuesday,

    April 21

    Volunteer Activity: Off-site Waste Assessment
    Join us to sort and weigh a week of landfill waste. This activity will give us specific numbers to help us more accurately calculate our waste diversion rates, and it will show us what is in our landfill waste and how we can improve our waste diversion.
    Please note:
    • The waste will be dry, but we will still get a little messy. 
    • The activity will occur at the Golden Bear Transfer Station in Richmond, CA. We will coordinate carpools. 
    • The waste assessment will take the entire morning (8:30 am to 12:30 pm). Please coordinate with your supervisor before committing to help.

    If you can volunteer with us, please e-mail sbl@lbl.gov . Have fun! Divert waste! 

    Wednesday,

    April 22

    Volunteer Activity: On-site Composting and Gardening
    In partnership with Earth Sciences and Facilities folks, we will launch a pilot composting and gardening experiment on site. Stop by to learn about this project and help us set up the composting pile and garden pods.
    Time: 11 am to 2 pm
     
    Location: Mesocosm Pod site (end of the mezzanine level, access through Parking Lot I) 

    Moving forward, we will rely on volunteers to help maintain the compost pile(s) and small garden pods, so please consider volunteering! We will have sign-up sheets at this event.

    Thursday,

    April 23

    Documentary Screening

    Movie: Elemental

    "Elemental tells the story of three individuals united by their deep connection with nature and driven to confront some of the most pressing ecological challenges of our time."

    Time: 4-5:30 pm

    Location: 50 Auditorium

    Friday,

    April 24

    Deeply Decarbonizing the Lab: Practice, Plans, Aspirations and
    Applied Research in the Climate Change Era
    Speaker:  John Elliott, Sustainable Berkeley Lab
    Time: 12 - 1 pm
    Location: 90-3112

    A host of climate mitigation commitments, goals, and requirements at the international, national, and organizational level all point to a need for deep decarbonization, beginning with dramatic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions over the next ten years, leading to emissions per capita less than 1/10 current levels within 35 years. Berkeley Lab Chief Sustainability Officer John Elliott will present plans and progress on deep decarbonization of the Lab, focusing on our building portfolio (including both new construction and retrofit activities). This will inform a discussion about ways in which we can encourage "Living Laboratory" collaboration that leverages the Lab's operating infrastructure to simultaneously meet research and sustainability objectives.

    For remote participants:
    Phone: call 866-740-1260, access code 4864835#
    Web-access: go to www.readytalk.com, access code 4864835

    The Earth Week 2015 event series is sponsored by Sustainable Berkeley Lab, Earth Sciences Division, and the Facilities Division.

    Earth Week 2014

    Berkeley Lab's Earth Week 2014 will include a series of functions to increase awareness on ways to work and live in an environmentally sustainable manner both at the Lab and in everyday life. This year's emphasis is on getting involved, also referred to as employee engagement. Below are the events and topics currently planned.

    Date Event

    Monday,

    April 21

    Sustainable Berkeley Lab Strategy Overview and Employee Feedback
    Berkeley Lab's Chief Sustainability Officer will briefly explain his strategy to address sustainability issues at Berkeley Lab. The bulk of the hour will be devoted to hearing and discussing your sustainability ideas.

    Speaker:   John Elliott, Sustainable Berkeley Lab
    When: Monday, April 21 noon-1 pm
    Where: Pers Hall (54-130)

    Tuesday,

    April 22

    Bathroom Brigade
    Join the bathroom brigade to deploy water conservation stickers and complete an inventory of bathroom fixtures on the main site. This activity is an important part of the Lab's Water Action Plan. If you can volunteer with us, please sign up here. Have fun! Save water! 
     
    Recycle Personal Electronics
    USPS' BlueEarth TM e-waste recycling program allows federal employees, which includes contractors like Berkeley Lab, to recycle their personal electronics for free. USPS has partnered with Clover Technologies Group, who is R2 certified, to recycle electronics securely and safely. To make all LBNL employees aware of this environmentally beneficial program, employees will be able to drop off unwanted electronics on this day.
    Find more information about what, where, and when you can recycle your personal electronics here.

    If you are on the main LBNL site but cannot make it to the Cafeteria on April 22, volunteers are available to pickup your electronic items by 1pm on Earth Day. Just provide the following basic information on this form.

    Wednesday,

    April 23

    Nothing planned.

    Thursday,

    April 24

    Nothing planned.

    Friday,

    April 25

    Volunteer with Fume Hood Watch
    Closing a laboratory fume hood is likely the largest single action you can take to reduce the Lab's carbon footprint. Join us to learn how you can help to ensure fume hood sashes are closed then they are not in use.
    To join Fume Hood Watch, sign up here.

    The Earth Week 2014 event series is sponsored by Sustainable Berkeley Lab, EHS, and the Facilities Division.

    Earth Week 2013

    Berkeley Lab's Earth Week 2013 included a series of functions to increase awareness on ways to work and live in an environmentally sustainable manner both at the Lab and in everyday life. Below are some resources that revisit the events and topics.

    Date Event
    Monday, April 22
    Carbon Cycle 2.0 Presentation on Climate Change
    Bill Collins, a climate scientist, explains climate change and why he still has hope.


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    Speaker:
    Bill Collins, LBNL Earth Sciences Division
     

    Science at the Theater: How Hot Will it Get?
    Researchers discuss their latest findings on the earth’s changing climate — from the tundra to the rainforest. Sponsored by Friends of Berkeley Lab.

    Panel Speakers:
    Margaret Torn, Jeff Chambers, and Bill Collins LBNL Earth Sciences Division
    Michael Wehner, LBNL Computational Research Division
    Maximilian Auffhammer, UC Berkeley

    Tuesday, April 23
    Buying Green at Work
    Lab research and procurement personnel, plus representatives from key suppliers discuss sustainable office supplies and laboratory products.



    Panel Speakers:
    Chris Payne, Environmental Energy Technologies Division ...effectiveness of switching default choices to sustainability options
    Staples & Pacific Office Solutions...office products
    VWR & Government Scientific Source...laboratory products
    Wednesday, April 24
    Waste Reduction Demonstration
    Members from the waste diversion working group talked to interested employees about the pilot solid waste collection reduction program in Building 74 and showed the new sorting containers. For more information about this waste diversion program, visit the Waste Reduction page.
    Thursday, April 25
    Transportation
    The Lab's Venkat Srinivasan will discuss how improvements in battery technology will affect the future of transportation.

     

    Speaker:
    Venkat Srinivasan, Environmental Energy Technologies Division...battery research
     
    Electric Vehicle Showcase
    Lab employees displayed their electric vehicles and discussed their experiences owning EVs. Outside vendors also displayed their electric vehicles, including the all-electric versions of the Fiat 500e and Smart Car Electric Drive, and electric vehicles already on the market, such as the Toyota RAV4 and the Honda Fit. View photos of the showcase here.

    Alternative Transportation Options
    The Lab's Bicycle Coalition also talked to employees and sponsored a bike maintenance station.
     

    LBNL free screening of the documentary Chasing Ice
    Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet.

     

    Friday,
    April 26
    LIGTT film screening of documentary A River Changes Course
    The LBNL Institute for Globally Transformative Technologies or LIGTT launched a series of film screening and speaking events with a screening of  A River Changes Course, winner of the 2013 Documentary Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. This series aims to engage the LBNL community in conversations about major global issues, such as water scarcity, poverty, and infectious diseases, and how we can use our scientific talents towards addressing these problems. 

    The Earth Week 2013 event series was sponsored by Sustainable Berkeley Lab, Environment / Health / Safety, Facilities, and the Office of the Chief Financial Officer.

     

     

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