Pollution Prevention (P2) & Transportation
Argonne has saved about $11 million and recycled more than 82,000 metric tons of materials since 1996. Recycled materials include chemicals, furniture, equipment and other supplies. This program, which includes diverting waste from landfills, conserving energy and improving indoor air quality, has been named one of the best in the U.S. Department of Energy complex.
Argonne has also taken major steps to reduce its vehicle fleet's petroleum fuel consumption and increase the use of alternative fuel consumption, like E85. Argonne currently has a fleet of thirteen 100% electric vehicles, 12 high-efficiency vehicles and 13 diesel-powered neighborhood vehicles on site, used for everything from plowing snow to inter-building deliveries. The laboratory also built a 4 kW solar-powered electric vehicle charging station that — when not being used to charge vehicles — provides power to a nearby building.
Category Archives: Pollution Prevention
On May 23, Argonne received the U.S. Green Building Council – Illinois Chapter’s Intent to Matter award in the Outstanding Large Organization category. The award recognizes an organization that has made significant strides to reduce its environmental footprint or improve the … Read More
Argonne National Laboratory is leading the way in greenhouse gas reductions, particularly with the recapture and recycling of sulfur hexafluoride (SF6). SF6 is a gas used in industry as an anti-arcing agent. It is an extremely potent greenhouse gas — … Read More
U. S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu recognized the Fugitive Emissions Working Group (FEWG), of which Argonne National Laboratory is a part, with the Secretary’s Achievement Award — the Department of Energy’s highest non-monetary honor for a group or team effort. … Read More
By Gregg Kulma, Environmental Engineer Composting is a good way to recycle your yard and kitchen waste and it reduces the volume of garbage sent to landfills. Compost is the decomposition of plant materials into an earthy, dark, crumbly substance … Read More
Argonne’s vehicle fleet is getting greener. Through a program initiated and conceived by John Surdey, manager of Material Handling and Transportation and the Fleet Manager, new environmentally friendly vehicles have been leased through a partnership with the Government Services Administration … Read More