Friday, June 3, 2011

Going Green at Berkeley Lab: Putting Our Own Science Into Practice

There’s an old saying that the cobbler’s children have no shoes. But here at Berkeley Lab, our scientists have pioneered many of the energy efficiency technologies being deployed around the world today, energy conservation is not neglected at home. In fact, a number of homegrown energy-savings technologies are in use at the Lab itself, allowing us to substantially reduce our energy use intensity and make headway towards achieving significant cuts in greenhouse gas emissions.

From cool roofs to automated building controls to advanced lighting systems, we have implemented an assortment of measures which resulted in a 44 percent decline in energy use intensity, or energy usage per square foot, since 1985. And greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from Berkeley Lab facilities have shrunk by about 5 percent over the last two years.

We have long made efforts to conserve energy—in the 1970s Art Rosenfeld, often referred to as the “godfather of energy efficiency,” went around the office turning off lights—but has refocused our attention to GHG emissions after President Barack Obama signed an executive order in 2009 requiring federal agencies to meet targets in emissions reduction as well as in energy, waste and water use reduction. Best Blogger Tips

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