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Argonne National Laboratory

Argonne in the Community

A good neighbor that supports the community in which we live

Our highly collaborative community of scientists and unmatched scientific facilities provide a unique environment that sets the stage for extraordinary research breakthroughs.

Argonne doesn’t only benefit the global scientific community. We are also a good neighbor that strengthens the community in which we live. Argonne leads by example as it works to meet its sustainability goals by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and electricity and water use.

One of the top scientific destinations in the world, Argonne occupies 1,500 wooded acres 25 miles southwest of Chicago in DuPage County, IL.

In addition to the thousands of people that Argonne employs, dozens of local start-up companies have grown directly out of our research and expertise. We also offer a wide range of educational programs and activities. Each year, thousands of students participate in Argonne’s education and outreach events designed to inspire and motivate our future generation of scientists and engineers. Argonne also offers a public lecture series called Argonne OutLoud,” tours, a speaker’s bureau, monthly email newsletter, and more.

Giving back to our neighbors

Argonne employees support surrounding communities in many ways. Over the years, our employees have voluntarily donated millions of dollars to local charities, hosted food drives, coat drives, blood drives and toy drives, as well supported several relief funds. Argonne employees volunteer their time and talents to assist in public forums and neighborhood events; they serve as members and officers of local service clubs, school boards, village councils, and many other community organizations.

Many Argonne researchers also serve as mentors in their communities, encouraging students to expand their knowledge by visiting classrooms, attending career and science fairs or hosting special programs at the laboratory.

Environmental Sustainability & Stewardship

At Argonne, we are creating a smart campus that is a living example of energy efficiency and environmental sustainability and stewardship. Argonne is committed to awareness and involvement for the Lab and the local community by developing programs to inspire and adopt sustainable behavior. We proactively champion practices that conserve energy, divert waste, conserve water, reduce fuel consumption and reduce pollution. And 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, including a summary report.

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