Katie Kosirog

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Did you know there was a skylight on the 16th floor of Wilson Hall? On a day like this, taken during Earth Week, it’s nice to be able to look up on a blue sky.

This week you can hike around the Fermilab site with an avian expert, learn about the butterflies and wildlflowers in nearby woods, and participate in this year’s Earth Week Fair in the Wilson Hall atrium. Learn how you can be a better steward for the Earth.

Learn how you can be a better steward of the Earth at any of the planned activities this week. Earth Week is here! April 22 is the 45th anniversary of the first Earth Day. It is celebrated worldwide to remind us that we all share the same planet and are responsible for its well-being. Fermilab is hosting a few activities to help you celebrate our Earth: Today: Hike with Fermilab’s ecologist and learn how to identify spring wildflowers found on…

Mooove over coal. There’s something greener! Photo: Katie Kosirog, ESH&Q There is no doubt that humans create a lot of waste. It is impossible not to. But what if some of the nastiest waste we create from everyday life could create electricity? Some of the waste that Fermilab produces does just that. Wilson Hall’s kitchen has grease traps that get pumped out every two months by a waste hauler. The waste hauler, Darling Ingredients International, takes this smelly muck and…

Batavia Pace Call-n-Ride offers a direct shuttle between Fermilab and the Geneva Metra train station five times a day. Photo: Reidar Hahn Have you always wanted to live closer to Chicago but not suffer the headache of taking the Eisenhower every morning on your way to the lab? Or maybe you aren’t sure how to get from a train station to Fermilab. Now you can take the train to Geneva and catch the new Batavia Pace Call-n-Ride shuttle, which has…

Pace is now offering direct shuttle service to and from Fermilab. Image courtesy of Pace Shuttle service between Fermilab and a train station has finally arrived. On Monday, Oct. 13, a new train station shuttle service for the Fermilab community will begin. Pace’s Call-n-Ride bus service is expanding to Fermilab, areas of Batavia and the Geneva Metra train station on the Union Pacific West line. Pace charges a fee of $1.75 for a one-way ride. Exact fare is required. The…

An LED bulb provides up to 50,000 hours of lighting and uses much less energy than an incandescent or compact fluorescent bulb. This can add up to savings of $340 over the lifetime of the LED bulb. Photo courtesy of ledbulbsandlights.com Have you ever heard the joke, “How many environmentalists does it take to screw in a light bulb?” With recent advancements in lighting technology, an environmentalist might rewrite the joke to ask, “How many light bulbs does a smart…

Aaron Carrillo of Southern Foods Management throws a full compostable bag into a designated bin. The green compostable bags are made from plant products such as corn. Only bags specifically certified as compostable are accepted at compost facilities. Photo: Katie Kosirog, ESH&Q Some of you may have noticed the sign in the Wilson Hall east parking lot that says, “Food Waste Compost Collection Area.” Since May, Southern Foods, Fermilab’s food service contractor, has helped Fermilab minimize waste by participating in…

Your Styrofoam coffee cup might get 10 minutes of use, but its life cycle is centuries long. Photo: Jyoti Das Have you ever wondered how your coffee cup got made or what exactly happens to it when you throw it in the trash? It is not instinctive to think about the flows of material, energy and water that are required in making a coffee cup, but if you have, you were thinking of some of the steps in its life…