Category Archives: Energy & Water Conservation

Advanced Protein Characterization Facility: Green building features

Argonne National Laboratory’s Advanced Protein Characterization Facility (APCF) has received the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification. Construction of the APCF was funded by the State of Illinois. The facility is a 55,486 … Read More »

Ten minutes can save homeowners 10,000 gallons of water a year

Taking 10 minutes to inspect your home for water leaks can lead to big financial savings. By Peter Lynch, Environmental Engineer The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suggests that identifying and fixing plumbing leaks—often minor issues with quick and easy … Read More »

Five tips on how to reduce water usage and your bill

By Peter Lynch, Environmental Engineer, Argonne National Laboratory Maintaining an adequate supply of clean water is becoming a big challenge for cities and towns across the nation, including the Chicagoland region, as urban development increases demand on finite water resource … Read More »

Take the 2013 DOE Energy Pledge today

Department of Energy employees and others pledge to save energy in 2013. What’s your Energy Pledge? Make your 2013 Energy Pledge today. Posted February 26, 2013

Argonne receives 2012 DOE Federal Energy and Water Management Award

Argonne National Laboratory was recognized for its energy and water conservation efforts with the 2012 DOE Federal Energy and Water Management (FEWM) Award. The FEWM Awards, founded in 1981, recognize federal and partner organization employees for outstanding efforts related to federal energy, … Read More »

Argonne improves water clarity in local waterway

By Diana Anderson The water that Argonne National Laboratory discharges into the Sawmill Creek, a local waterway that flows through the laboratory site, is clearer than the water that enters the campus from upstream. Water clarity can be determined through … Read More »

BuildingIQ receives global recognition

BuildingIQ has been named to the 2012 Global Cleantech top-100 list. The list, produced by Cleantech Group, highlights the promise of private clean energy companies from around the world, focusing on those companies which the players in the market feel … Read More »

Energy-water nexus at Argonne

By Dejan Ristic Last year, Argonne saved about 29 million gallons of domestic, potable water by converting once-through cooling systems into closed-loop cooling systems at several buildings on the laboratory site. In a once-through system, potable water is run through … Read More »

New energy efficient lights save tax dollars

By Stephanie Yin, Science Writing Intern With the installation of new energy efficient lights, Argonne is estimated to save nearly $160,000 in taxpayer funds and more than 2,420,000 kilowatt hours of energy annually. The lab’s new lights are brighter and … Read More »

Energy efficiency: National labs try to cut energy bills while missions expand

When your business involves particle accelerators shooting electrons out at nearly the speed of light, gigantic supercomputer models of thermonuclear explosions and light sources a billion times brighter than the sun, reducing greenhouse gas emissions might rank low on your … Read More »