Rod Walton

This is an experimental bioenergy plot at Fermilab, south of Batavia Road near the Village. Ethanol produced from switch grass has about 75 percent less embodied energy than either gasoline or ethanol made from corn. Photo: Rod Walton Once again, it is time to prepare our Site Sustainability Report and submit it to DOE. This annual report is intended to demonstrate to DOE and the federal government how Fermilab will contribute to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions through a…

Ryan Campbell is nearly obscured by a healthy growth of common reed, a very aggressive invader that is one of the weed crew’s targeted plants. Photo: Steve Whiteaker, FESS Roads and Grounds Community and restoration ecologists agree that one of the most serious threats to balanced, functional ecosystems is the introduction of non-native species – either plants or animals. Now, more than ever, the array of invasive non-native species is a challenge, as more and more aggressive species are introduced….

Fermilab Refrigerant Manager Pat Marsh weighs a cyclinder of refrigerant at the Site 39 Storeroom. Cyclinders are accurately weighed at check out and back in to determine how much refrigerant has been used or lost. Photo: Rod Walton Fermilab has more than 600 pieces of refrigeration equipment, including large chillers that provide cold water to cool experimental apparatuses and air conditioners for computing centers, offices and even cars. Each of these pieces of equipment uses one or more refrigerants, chemicals…

A tree planted during a previous Arbor Day celebration. Photo: Visual Media Services As Fermilab has done traditionally, we will celebrate Arbor Day this year in the beginning of May. The adjusted schedule allows our tree planting to take place when the weather is warmer. Arbor Day is a chance to get out of the house or office, plant a tree or two at Fermilab and share a picnic lunch to celebrate spring and the importance of trees in our…

The deer population at Fermilab once nearly devastated these white trillium wildflowers, which can be found in the Big Woods area in early spring. Through continued deer management and monitoring of the area, Fermilab can help to continue diversifying the area’s woodland plants. Photo: Reidar Hahn. Fermilab manages whitetail deer to ensure the deer stay in balance with the rest of the ecosystem. When out of balance, the deer or ecosystem suffer, such as in the past when deer devastated…

Morton Arboretum arborist Frederic Miller examines trees near the Fermilab Village for the emerald ash borer in 2010. The Fermilab Village is home to a diverse community of trees, including exotic ornamental varieties and species native to our area.  These trees provide a habitat for insects, birds and mammals as well as provide an appealing appearance and welcome shade in the summer. Unfortunately, approximately 150 ash trees exist among this collection.  This is unfortunate because these trees likely will become…