Western Ecology Division Laboratory
117,803 gross square feet (GSF)
FY 2015: 154,375 Btu per GSF
30.4% reduction from FY 2003 baseline
FY 2015: 22.76 gallons per GSF
60.4% reduction from FY 2007 baseline
This division of the National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory studies the effects of chemical contaminants, land use and global climate change on forests, crops, wetlands, lakes and streams along the Pacific Coast. The Western Ecology Division also has a field and research laboratory at the Willamette Research Station in Corvallis, Oregon.
- To reduce its environmental impact, the facility developed a Sustainable Master Plan.
- The facility has initiated an infrastructure replacement project (IRP), which includes installing a ground source heat pump system; renovating laboratory and office spaces; and upgrading mechanical and electrical systems.
- The Western Ecology Division Laboratory purchases 360,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) per year of delivered green power, equivalent to approximately 10 percent of its annual electricity consumption.
- The facility has a roof-mounted, 9.5-kilowatt photovoltaic (PV) or solar energy array. The system was designed with a meter to measure the amount of energy produced by the PV array.