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SLAC's Efforts in Sustainability
People Today: Living La Dulce Vida, the Sweet Life
Save the Date: Ice Cream on the Green
Conservation Tip of the Week

SLAC Today

Wednesday - March 19, 2008

Wildflowers on the east end of the SLAC campus. (Image courtesy of Dwight Harbaugh.)

SLAC's Efforts in Sustainability

Environmental protection programs have been in place at SLAC since the early 1980s. These programs have classically focused on the protection of our air, land and water through improvements in chemical waste storage, handling and disposal, and the remediation of legacy spills. Work is now accelerating quickly under the broader umbrella of sustainability.

SLAC's efforts are further encouraged by Executive Order 13423–Strengthening Federal Environment, Energy and Transportation Management, signed by the President on January 24, 2007, which requires federal agencies to meet a number of sustainable goals in the areas of fleet operation, energy efficiency, renewable energy, water consumption, electronics stewardship, "green" purchasing, sustainable construction and continued reduction of toxic chemicals and waste (read a summary of the Executive Order requirements here).

The Department of Energy (DOE) is working on a number of initiatives and DOE Order revisions to ensure implementation of the Executive Order requirements throughout the agency. Although DOE Order revisions are not yet finalized, SLAC is already moving forward with a number of sustainability programs and goal setting this fiscal year through our Environmental Management System processRead more...

(Weekly Column - Profile)

Living La Dulce Vida, the Sweet Life


Beekeeping is one of the uniting factors for Salvador Delgado (right) and his family.

Salvador Delgado's job with the fabrication group requires extensive adaptability—welding one day and plumbing another. He shrugs off his work's unpredictable quality as if it were nothing, which it is, when compared to this maintenance maestro's roles outside of work.

Delgado is a Special Olympics volunteer and hobbyist beekeeper. Two things seemingly unrelated, but for Delgado they are both direct extensions of family.

"Families need to stick together," he said. "That's where every community begins."

Delgado and his 17-year-old son, who was born with Down syndrome, have both been involved in the Special Olympics for 15 years. Delgado plays the role of coach, while his son, who learned to swim before he could walk, participates in bowling and swimming.

"Anyone looking to have a great time and see kids really enjoying themselves should think about taking part in this," said Delgado.

Read more...

Save the Date:
Ice Cream on the Green

(Photo - PEP-II Storage Ring)
The PEP-II Storage Ring.
(Image courtesy of Peter Ginter)

The BaBar collaboration wishes to thank the PEP-II team and laboratory staff for a decade of data from the B-Factory. On April 7, the collaboration will host an ice cream social at 2:30 p.m. on the main lawn.

Brief remarks will be given by Persis Drell, Hassan Jawahery, David MacFarlane, Jonathan Dorfan and John Seeman. Ice cream sundaes will be served.

Mark your calendars now!

Conservation Tip
of the Week

Steam technology appliances—which can reduce energy and water usage—are becoming more readily available.

Whirlpool manufactures a steam-based clothes washer that claims a 73% reduction in water usage and a 77% reduction in operating energy when compared to top-load washers manufactured just four years ago. As a result of the new "spin-speed cycle," more water is extracted from the clothes thus limiting the time required for drying and increasing savings.

Another area where steam is making an impact is in dishwashing. The KitchenAid steam dishwasher is boasting savings of up to 2,400 gallons of water over the life of the appliance. If you're in the market, you may want to consider the steam technology alternative.

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