Celebrating year of the Ox
Bruce Goodwin, principal associate director for WCI, was the featured speaker at the Chinese New Year's banquet in Dublin Thursday. The annual Lab event was sponsored this year by the Asian Pacific American Council (APAC), Chinese American Networking Group and Dragon Boat Racing group.
Proceeds from the banquet benefit APAC's scholarship fund.
President Obama addresses DOE employees
During a brief address Thursday morning, President Obama thanked DOE employees, saying “your mission is so important and it is only going to grow.”
Introduced by newly appointed Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Obama discussed his economic stimulus proposal currently being debated in the Senate. Noting that it is “time to move forward, not backward,” he said the plan will help create jobs in such energy-related areas as clean energy, energy efficiency and steps to modernize electricity.
In closing, Obama said he was eager to work with the DOE and Chu in facing the challenges of this century.
Lab moves to conserve more water and energy
Flannel bush is drought-tolerant and can survive with little water.
LLNL is striving to be a good steward of the earth’s resources by reducing water and energy consumption, implementing provisions for on-site renewable energy collection and distribution and updating building specifications to include environmentally friendly materials.
In February 2008, DOE Order 430.2B was issued. The order requires DOE facilities to develop and commit to an executable plan. The order presents LLNL with the challenge to increase its efforts in energy management, renewable energy, transportation management and high-performance and sustainable buildings. LLNL is committed to meeting this challenge through innovative design and re-engineered maintenance and operations practices.
DOE Order 430.2B goals addressed through the LLNL executable plan include the following:
Reduce energy intensity by 30 percent by end of FY15.
- Acquire at least 7.5 percent of site’s annual electricity and thermal consumption from on-site renewables by end of FY10.
Reduce potable water consumption at least 16 percent by FY15.
Install metering devices that measure consumption of potable water, electricity and natural gas.
Reduce consumption of petroleum products by 2 percent annually through end of FY15.
Increase total non-petroleum-based fuel consumption by 10 percent annually.
Replace 75 percent of all light-duty vehicles with alternative fuel vehicles by end of FY15.
Attain LEED Gold Certification for all new construction and major building renovations of more than $5 million.
Achieve LEED Existing Building Certification for 15 percent of site’s existing buildings square footage by FY15.
In meeting DOE’s milestones regarding water usage reduction, LLNL will begin projects such as irrigation retrofit using the WaterSenseSMTM system; conversion of lawn areas; replacing some existing landscaping with drought tolerant plantings; and using alternate water sources for irrigation such as recaptured rain water, lake water and treated ground water.
One such project — the Water Conservation Test Bed Project — involves installing underground water storage tanks for an alternate irrigation water source with tie-ins to landscape irrigation in selected test areas. The project is located north of the Central Café/Lake Haussmann vicinity and is scheduled to begin this month. Some site reconfiguration in conjunction with this project will include developing water-conserving landscaping to support erosion control and enhance visual impact; the clearing of temporary facilities; and creating a well-defined and safe environment for various recreation activities (e.g., sand court relocation, pedestrian walkway improvements and development of open areas). Improvements will subscribe to best practices in traffic safety and sustainable design considerations addressing environmentally sensitive areas, water conservation and energy efficiency.
The Lake Haussmann area is designated in the 10-year site plan as a location for provisions of employee amenities to be developed over time. Since land area is limited in the vicinity, open space and recreation provisions take priority over parking, which is available in the outlying designated lots. This project will cause some disruption in the area during construction. Updates will be provided as the project progresses.