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Planning a Sustainable Future

Studying local climate changes. Reducing energy use. Balancing future science and technology needs with environmental protection. The Lab is investing in actions like these to ensure we operate sustainably for years to come.

  • Nate McDowell—tree mortality studies

    Studying Local Climate Change

    Lab scientists are conducting drought and temperature studies on local trees to study tree mortality.

  • Sanitary Effluent Reclamation Facility

    Reusing and Recycling Water

    A new reclamation facility helps the Lab reuses the same water up to eight times before releasing it back into the environment.

  • Pajarito Plateau aerial view

    Planning for Land Use

    Only about 30% of the Lab site is developed for roads, buildings, and other infrastructure.

Our Changing Landscape

Petroglyphs on Lab Land slide show

Tree mortality experiments explained

Trees in our local area and around the world are dying at a rate higher than in the past. Why? And what does it mean for the Laboratory’s future? Lab scientists have set up an unprecedented experiment in a tree’s natural setting to study what happens inside a tree as it dies.

Lab Actions to Save Energy

Saving Water at Los Alamos National Laboratory

Saving Water at Los Alamos National Laboratory

Re-using water then releasing it to wetlands. Reducing energy use by 20% in two years. Switching to high-mileage electric cars. The Lab is investing in actions like these, and many more, to ensure we operate sustainably into the future.

Land Use for the Long Term

Land use map

Land use maps help planners by designating areas at the Lab that would be suitable or unsuitable for development.

Lab property is filled with a rich diversity of archaeological and natural resources. In deciding how to use the land, the Lab balances its science and technology needs with federal requirements to protect human health, wildlife habitat, and cultural sites