DOE gives PNNL award for pollution prevention

The Department of Energy has presented Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland a 2010 DOE EStar Award and an honorable mention.

EStar Awards recognize DOE projects demonstrating excellence in pollution prevention and environmental stewardship.

PNNL won the award for efforts that included the energy-saving features of its new Computational Science and Biological Sciences Facilities. The lab also had a zero-waste picnic that recycled 87 percent of the 337 pounds of waste generated at its annual picnic. Trash that was thrown away came to less than a half-ounce per participant.

The honorable mention was for its ChemAgain program, which tracks chemical inventory to make surplus supplies available to others within the lab and also offers unused chemicals to other DOE sites and nonprofit agencies.