Teams working throughout NNSA sites and labs, partnering with academic institutions and industry experts, are using cutting-edge research to advance NNSA’s core missions, reduce environmental impact, and advance the body of knowledge on climate change and sustainability. During Earth Week, NNSA is highlighting some of the most innovative ongoing activities across the enterprise supporting environmental sustainability.
Recent research from NNSA’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) fine-tuned climate change measuring models for a more reliable snapshot of how the earth is changing. This helps identify more effective action to mitigate climate change effects. It adds to the long list of ways LLNL has improved climate research, from rainfall studies and plankton investigations, to award-winning pioneers of the global water cycle and underground batteries.
Recent research from NNSA’s Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) demonstrates that environmental factors and concerns affect every aspect of society. The recent White House Water Summit featured a LANL safe water project. Other LANL work focuses on earth-saving carbon nanomaterials, forest health, permafrost, and photosynthesis. LANL also sponsors small businesses working to create clean technologies.
Sandia National Laboratories recently developed groundbreaking technologies to make adoption of renewable energy smaller, cheaper, and better. Sandia’s work in engine efficiency has been nationally recognized, while its findings on water levels, ice sheet modeling, and offshore energy are literally making waves in the advancement of energy efficiency and modernization.
The Pantex Plant’s achievements in additive manufacturing greatly reduce waste, cost, and environmental impact while advancing NNSA’s mission. Migratory bird conservation efforts at Pantex have also earned national recognition.
NNSA's Y-12 National Security Complex recently received awards from the local chamber of commerce for its huge reductions in water usage, energy savings, corrosion control, and recycling programs, while powering the mission and giving back to the grid through a wind energy program.
NNSA’s Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) recently was recognized for having seven buildings with the highest level of sustainability certification and for its green fleet of vehicles.
These highlights demonstrate how the employees at NNSA’s sites and labs work diligently to advance mission while maintaining NNSA’s commitment to be good environmental stewards.