Greening EPA

Region 10 Laboratory

Aerial photo of EPA’s Region 10 Laboratory in Manchester, Washington.

68,222 gross square feet (GSF)
Personnel: 75

Energy Intensity:
FY 2015: 285,142 Btu per GSF
16.1% reduction from FY 2003 baseline

Water Intensity:
FY 2015: 10.42 gallons per GSF
9.7% increase from FY 2007 baseline

Manchester, Washington

The Region 10 Laboratory provides physical, chemical, biological and microbiological analyses of air, soil, sediments, water tissue and unknown chemicals. It measures contaminants and pollution effects in a variety of media in support of criminal enforcement, civil enforcement, site assessment, remedial investigation ecosystem monitoring and public health initiatives.

Sustainable Features

  • The laboratory replaced its constant-volume fume hood systems with variable air volume, high-performance fume hoods.
  • The facility’s wet laboratory was the first commercial, solar-powered net metering project in the Northwest. Any excess electricity produced by the laboratory’s four photovoltaic panels is used to reduce the amount of power needed from the local utility power grid, which slows the spin of the electric meter and offsets the laboratory’s energy costs.

For more information, visit the Region 10 Laboratory website or the EPA Facility Contact List.