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Sandia celebrates Earth Month

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Learn about Earth Month events and find Teams links by visiting the Earth Month 2024 webpage or by reading Sandia Daily News. In addition to these events, Sandians can submit Earth Day-related photos and haikus by April 15. Select photos will be used during the Environmental Management System’vs Environmental Excellence Awards presentation.

Bicycle Commuter Group lunch ride

Friday, April 5, noon-1 p.m. MT

Explore the amenities open to Sandia employees across the Kirtland Air Force Base on a Explore the amenities open to Sandia employees on a relaxed Friday bike ride across the Kirtland Air Force Base. If you’re new to the base, this is an opportunity to learn about getting around on a bike and to meet fellow bike commuters. Visit the Earth Month site for more information.

Meterology team discusses changes to weather impacted by the current climate

Wednesday, April 10, noon-12:45 p.m. MT

Sandia’s meteorology team will discuss the impact that weather changes have on our Labs’ sites, as well as our communities. The presentation will include the opportunity for Q&A on the role of the meteorology team and how they can help with on-site work.

Milind Tambe: Machine learning for social impact

Thursday, April 11, 10-11 a.m. MT

Join an in-person and virtual presentation from Milind Tambe, director of the Center for Research on Computation and Society at Harvard University and director of AI for Social Good at Google Research. Tambe will discuss his team’s work to advance machine learning and optimization for public health, conservation and public safety. Additionally, Sandia’s Energy Equity and Environmental Justice Reading Club will discuss a paper co-authored by Tambe on Monday, April 15, at 3 p.m. MT.

George Ducker: The upcoming wildfire season and its potential impacts

Tuesday, April 16, noon-12:45 p.m. MT

Environment, Safety and Health will be joined by New Mexico Forestry Division’s Communications Coordinator George Ducker to discuss the upcoming wildfire season outlook and the impact that climate change has had on woodland fuels and fire conditions in New Mexico and California. Discussion will also focus on what our role is to prevent and be prepared for wildfire.

Sandia New Mexico Earth Day Celebration

Thursday, April 18, noon-2 p.m. MT

Join Sandians to celebrate Earth Month at a local park. Several internal and external organizations will provide activities, demonstrations and information on how Sandians can promote environmental responsibility. Check Sandia Daily News or the Earth Month site for location information.

Sandia’s Waste Management and Pollution Prevention team will host two 20-minute tours of on-site recycling facilities at 1:30 and 2:00 p.m. MT. Tours are limited to 15 people. Participants must register in advance.

Earth Day Festival New Mexico

Sunday, April 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. MT

Sandia is sponsoring the Earth Day Festival New Mexico 2024 event on Sunday, April 21 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Balloon Fiesta Park in Albuquerque. This family-friendly event will feature educational exhibits, demonstrations and hands-on activities. Sandia Climate Change Center Director Rob Leland will participate in a panel discussion on New Mexico’s sustainable future alongside New Mexico Sen. Martin Heinrich, Rep. Melanie Stansbury, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and executives from PNM and Nusenda Credit Union.

Earth Day Celebration with the EMS Environmental Excellence Awards Presentation

Monday, April 22, noon-12:45 p.m. MT

Join Sandia’s Environmental Management System team as they present the annual Environmental Excellence Awards. The awards are given to project teams and individuals who exhibit outstanding environmental stewardship with their work at the Labs. The presentation will include information about how and why they were chosen to receive this year’s awards.

Dan Lambe: The role of trees in climate change

Tuesday, April 23, noon-12:45 p.m. MT

Arbor Day Foundation Chief Executive Dan Lambe will lead a virtual discussion on the important role trees play as our communities deal with climate change. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A.

Sandia California Earth Day Celebration

Wednesday, April 24, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. PT

Join Sandia and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to celebrate Earth Month. In addition to activities and tables by internal and external organizations, there will be food trucks, a scavenger hunt, plant exchange and research posters. Check Sandia Daily News or the Earth Month site for location information.

Volunteer events

In Albuquerque, 15 volunteers are needed at Storehouse New Mexico on Saturday, April 6, 8:30 a.m.–2 p.m. MT. A group of 15 volunteers are needed to help sort clothes at Locker 505 on Saturday, April 13, 10 a.m.–noon MT. Another 35 volunteers are needed to help sort and distribute food at Roadrunner Food Bank on Saturday, April 27, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. MT. Contact Katrina Wagner to sign up.

In California, volunteers are needed on Saturday, April 13 for the Quest Science Center’s Tri-Valley Innovations Fair & Climate Summit at the Alameda County Fairgrounds and on Saturday, April 27 for the Tracy Earth Day Expo in downtown Tracy. Volunteers will help with STEM activities and demonstrations of a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. They will also share climate or earth-related demos or posters. Contact Michelle Walker-Wade for more information.