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Princeton Plasma Physics Lab Receives State Recognition for Environmental Stewardship

The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory has been named the state’s top environmental steward as part of a  Department of Environmental Protection program that encourages companies to go above and beyond regulatory requirements to protect New Jersey’s environment.

“The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, long a leader in the area of fusion energy research, is also a leader in the area of being a good steward of the environment,” Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin said. “I commend their efforts at making sound environmental practices that benefit their staff, their community and their state an integral part of the facility’s daily operations.”

The national center for fusion energy research has met 20 of the 21 stewardship categories established by the DEP as part of the agency’s environmental stewardship program in the areas of environmental policy, environmental management, green buildings, hazardous materials reduction, environmental purchasing, water use reduction and renewable energy use.

“We are committed to protecting the environment; our mission, for example, to enable fusion energy — a clean, green, safe and nearly inexhaustible source of power — illustrates that commitment,” said Adam Cohen, Deputy Director of Operations at the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab.

“We have worked hard over many years to reduce our energy use and carbon emissions, convert our vehicles to more environmentally friendly fuels, compost our waste, and in general, implement a broad-based sustainability program,” Cohen said. “This recognition by New Jersey is a great honor and a tribute to our commitment to the environment.”

The DEP program encourages businesses and other institutions to better protect the environment by showcasing their achievements as incentive for others to follow. Honorees were recognized at a ceremony Monday.

The state also recognized Colgate Palmolive Co. in Piscataway, Bristol Myers Squibb Co. in Hopewell, LP Thebault Division of Earthcolor in Parsippany-Troy Hills, Mannington Mills Inc. in Mannington, Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.  in Kenilworth, Windham Worldwide in Parsippany, Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority in Camden, the Duke Farms Foundation in Hillsborough, Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. in Summit, and Raritan Valley Community College in North Branch.

For more information on the initiative and a list of facilities the DEP is recognizing as environmental stewards, visit: www.stewardship.nj.gov.

Krystal Knapp

Krystal Knapp is the founding editor of Planet Princeton. She can be reached via email at editor AT planetprinceton.com. Send all letters to the editor and press releases to that email address.

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