Site sustainability

Argonne Sustainability Plan

Argonne National Laboratory is developing strategies and taking actions to meet or exceed all Executive Order (EO) goals. In EO 13514, Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance, President Obama called on Federal agencies to set a shining example of sustainability for the rest of the nation by improving environmental, energy, and economic performance, and to achieve targeted reductions in our greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.

Something new under the sun: Argonne makes sustainability stridesSeptember 13, 2013

Argonne grew a fine crop of solar panels last summer.

Argonne Site Environmental Reports

Since 1972, Argonne's has monitored the environment of its Illinois site and each year issued public reports on its findings.

The latest reports are available here. An archive of reports since 1972 is also available on request.

Argonne recognized by Energy Secretary Chu for greenhouse gas reductionsMay 30, 2012

Argonne National Laboratory is leading the way in greenhouse gas reductions, particularly with the recapture and recycling of sulfur hexafluoride (SF6). SF6 is a gas used in industry as an anti-arcing agent. It is an extremely potent greenhouse gas — one pound of SF6 is equivalent to 12 tons of carbon dioxide.

Future scientists and engineers on the FaST track at ArgonneAugust 2, 2011

A team from Oklahoma State University spent their summer working at Argonne National Laboratory, performing a lighting survey as part of Argonne's sustainability program, which aims to reduce the laboratory's energy consumption by 30 percent by 2015.

Argonne highlights green research in honor of Earth DayApril 21, 2011

The lab's research seeks both cleaner energy—solar cells, batteries and biofuels, among others—and ways to reduce man's environmental footprint, including reducing agricultural runoff and ways to safely clean up contaminated land.