Go Green Initiative

In April of last year, while Fermilab scientist Frederique Pellemoine was thinking about taking actions for Earth Day, she realized this would be an opportunity to raise greater awareness of sustainability resources and to promote green earth practices in our community. So she reached out to her department’s Climate Change Initiative team members Kavin Ammigan, Meredith Lee and Yun He to brainstorm ways to promote community engagement in this initiative. That effort led to changing the team’s name to Go Green to reflect taking actions to refuse-reduce-reuse-recycle.

Since then, they have sent out 17 editions of bi-weekly Go Green newsletters to their department as well as to the Fermilab Asian Pacific Association (FAPA), and have covered topics on composting, minimizing food waste, plastic pollution, in-season produce, minimalism, the COP26 and more. These newsletters can be found on the Go Green Initiative’s SharePoint page (login with Services account required). Pellemoine has given presentations at the FAPA April meeting, the department’s June seminar meeting, and Users 2021 annual meeting. The team organized a joint hands-on event with FAPA in August to remove invasive crayfish from the Fox River, hoping to do more when onsite work returns.

Now the team has grown to 11 members, and Fermilab community members are welcome to subscribe to the Go Green listserv to join the team. Through group discussions, the members have shared ideas, educated each other, and have gotten a sense of urgency about environmental protection. You are welcome to attend the Go Green team’s bi-weekly meetings (The Zoom link is in the bi-weekly newsletters on the SharePoint page) on Fridays from 8:30 to 9:00 a.m. to share your ideas on more actions we can take for the Go Green initiative.

Invasive crayfish removal