Sandia/CA receives joint awards with LLNL for environmental stewardship

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This summer, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced the Pollution Prevention (P2) awards, given to national laboratories and sites for innovative efforts in environmental stewardship. Sandia/CA received recognition for two of our efforts that were conducted jointly with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). The first award went to the Fresh @ the Labs project, a Farmers Market collaboration that brings locally sourced fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains and more to the two labs. Our pilot effort saw more than 2,000 attendees with 20 local vendors. The series was a monthly event that ran from July through October 2011, and is running again this year.

The second award recognized our work with the Hydrogen shuttle bus, administered by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Fuel Cell Technologies Program. Two hydrogen buses, one with 12-passenger and the other with 8-passenger and wheelchair capacity, were integrated into the LLNL taxi fleet. The buses were used to transport employees on-site and to promote education about the benefit and safety of hydrogen vehicle technologies. The hydrogen buses reduced the use of traditional diesel-powered buses onsite, logging a total of 7,561 miles. These vehicles operated at near-zero regulated emissions (below Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle regulations for oxides of nitrogen) and had no carbon dioxide emissions.