Western Ecology Division Laboratory
Total Facility Area: 109,940 gross square feet (GSF)
Estimated Personnel: 110 persons
FY 2003 Energy Consumption*: 24,379,362,715 Btu per year
FY 2003 Btu per GSF per Year: 221,752
FY 2012 Energy Consumption: 22,609,869,547 Btu per year
FY 2012 Btu per GSF per Year: 205,656; 7.3 percent reduction from the baseline
FY 2007 Water Consumption**: 6,321,787 gallons per year
FY 2007 Gallons per GSF per Year: 57.5
FY 2012 Water Consumption: 2,735,626 gallons per year
FY 2012 Gallons per GSF per Year: 24.9; 56.7 percent reduction from the baseline
All energy and water data are reported as of FY 2012.
*FY 2003 is the standard baseline year used by the federal government to measure energy conservation progress.
**FY 2007 is the standard baseline year used by the federal government to measure water conservation progress.
The Corvallis facility houses the Western Ecology Division of the National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory. Research at this facility includes studies on the effects of chemical contaminants, land use, and global climate change on forests, crops, wetlands, lakes, and streams along the Pacific Coast. In an effort to reduce its own environmental impact, a sustainable master plan was developed for the facility. The Western Ecology Division also has a field and research laboratory at the Willamette Research Station in Corvallis, Oregon.
- Primo Knight received a fiscal year (FY) 2010 H2Overachiever Award for helping to achieve water intensity savings of 37.7 percent in FY 2010 compared to FY 2009, due to improvements to the irrigation system. Projects included reducing use of supplemental irrigation, replacing broken sprinkler heads, and adjusting sprinkler head delivery.
Unique Environmental Features
- EPA is evaluating the feasibility of upgrades recommended as part of the Western Ecology Division Laboratory's sustainable master plan. The plan proposes upgrades to the facility's fume hoods, exhaust systems, building controls, and ventilation. If implemented, these upgrades would significantly decrease the facility's annual energy consumption.
- 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. This practice began in January 2002. Initially, the laboratory purchased approximately 5 percent of its annual electricity consumption in this form. Starting in March 2004, the laboratory increased this amount to 10 percent of its electricity consumption.
- EPA offsets the rest of the electricity consumption at the Western Ecology Division Laboratory with renewable energy certificates (RECs) purchased through the Agency's blanket green power contract. Learn more about EPA's blanket green power contracts.
- EPA offsets 100 percent of the electricity consumption at the Willamette Research Station with renewable energy certificates (RECs) purchased through the Agency's blanket green power contract. Learn more about EPA's blanket green power contracts.
- In January 2005, EPA completed installation of 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. In FY 2010, the solar array provided the facility with 4,973 kWh of electricity.
- In June 2011, EPA completed revisions to the water management plans for the Western Ecology Division Laboratory (PDF) (25 pp, 876K, About PDF) and the Willamette Research Station (PDF) (24 pp, 536K, About PDF).
For More Information About This Facility
Primo Knight (firstname.lastname@example.org)
200 SW 35th Street
Corvallis, Oregon 97333
Phone: (541) 754-4418