OAK RIDGE, Tenn., April 19, 2016 – Earth Day 2016 is observed Friday, April 22 and the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory is hosting a number of programs and activities throughout the week to promote enhanced environmental quality through greater energy efficiency and clean energy, according to Oak Ridge sustainability coordinator Teresa Nichols.
“One of the activities I want to focus on is the new transit system with the UT bus that makes three round-trips a day from UT to Pellissippi State to ORNL,” said Teresa Nichols, ORNL’s sustainability coordinator. “It’s a huge initiative we’re undertaking and that helps with greenhouse gas reductions.”
Nichols said enhancing the ORNL’s sustainability program is an on-going process.
“We have energy management in place working across the campus to make sure our water is metered and our buildings have energy efficiency in place,” said Nichols. “We have occupancy lighting, a telework program to encourage people to telework one day a week. We have solar arrays on site. We’re just trying to cover all types of areas.”
UT-Battelle manages ORNL for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science. DOE’s Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, please visit science.energy.gov <http://science.energy.gov/>.