Greening EPA

Pacific Coastal Ecology Branch (CEB)

Photo of EPA’s Pacific Coastal Ecology Branch in Newport, Oregon.

38,851 gross square feet (GSF)
Personnel: 50

Energy Intensity:
FY 2015: 271,043 Btu per GSF
53.4% increase from FY 2003 baseline

Water Intensity:
FY 2015: 4.27 gallons per GSF
53.6% reduction from FY 2007 baseline

Newport, Oregon

CEB is the marine research group for the Western Ecology Division, a part of the National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory of the Office of Research and Development (ORD). The facility studies the effects of human population-induced stresses on the habitats and species of the estuarine systems of the Pacific Northwest.

Sustainable Features

  • Two polyethylene tanks at CEB are being reused for stormwater capture. Roof drains have been routed to the tanks, and a small electric pump provides pressure for the rinsing of sampling boats and hovercraft.
  • The Pollution Abatement Facility (PAF) is a unique feature of the CEB research facility. Drain lines from any laboratory in the wing can be routed into the PAF. Unaltered seawater free from contact with non-indigenous species or chemical contamination can be routed to the seawater drain and returned to the estuary. Seawater contaminated in any fashion by experiments can be routed to the storage tanks, analyzed, treated as necessary to remove or detoxify contaminants, and then be released to the City of Newport wastewater treatment facility.

For contact information, visit the Pacific Coastal Ecology Branch website or the EPA Facility Contact List.