Fort Meade, Maryland - Archive
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Environmental Science Center (ESC)
This page houses older environmental information about EPA's Environmental Science Center (ESC) in Fort Meade, Maryland. View the laboratory's current facility page.
- Rick Dreisch, former facility manager of ESC, received a fiscal year (FY) 2010 Btu Buster Award for helping the laboratory to achieve energy intensity savings of 10.5 percent in FY 2010 compared to FY 2009, due to close monitoring and optimization of boiler operations and active administrative management of capital equipment.
- Rick Dreisch also received an FY 2010 Leading Edge Award for facilitating the implementation of a major water-saving project that re-pipes air handler condensate from air handling units to feed cooling tower water, reusing water that would have drained into the sewer system. The completion of this project helped ESC achieve water intensity and cost savings of 8 percent in FY 2010 compared to FY 2009.
- In 2004, Rick Dreisch, former facility manager of ESC, was one of two EPA employees recognized by the Department of Energy (DOE) with a Federal Energy and Water Management Award for individual achievement. Mr. Dreisch received a Federal Water Conservation Award for his consistent efforts to conserve water at ESC. Under his careful tracking and management, ESC's annual water consumption dropped more than 33 percent in fiscal year (FY) 2004 compared to FY 2002.
- In July 2003, the facility began operation of a new small boiler to improve the energy efficiency of laboratory operations during the summer.
- In March 2002, EPA Headquarters and EPA Region 3 recommissioned ESC. This effort involved confirming supply and exhaust requirements in each laboratory, correcting logic errors in the sequence of operations, reprogramming the building automation system (BAS), and confirming that the mechanical system was operating as the BAS indicated. This effort resulted in a minimum of 12 to 15 percent reduction in energy use by the laboratory. For more information, view a presentation on the recommissioning project at ESC (PDF) (36 pp, 2.4MB, About PDF).
- In August 2005, EPA entered into a one-year contract with Basin Electric Power Company (procured by the Defense Energy Support Center) to purchase 6.4 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of green power annually for ESC in the form of renewable energy certificates (RECs). This contract supported the generation of renewable energy from wind farms in South Dakota and North Dakota, and offset 100 percent of the electricity consumption at ESC.
- In 2004, the facility completed installation and commissioning of a new super-conductivity system to control cooling tower and boiler water recycle concentrations. The facility collects data to carefully control and maximize water efficiency in the cooling tower. In FY 2007, the laboratory reduced its water consumption by nearly 23 percent compared to FY 2005. A dry chemical treatment system also was implemented to reduce material handling at the laboratory.
- ESC's first water management plan (PDF) (18 pp, 285K, About PDF), was created in FY 2002 and implemented in FY 2003. It helped ESC achieve an 18 percent water reduction compared to its FY 2001–FY 2003 average. In addition to the water-saving devices, landscaping, and processes in place at ESC, the laboratory optimized the operating schedule of its deionized water system and was able to reduce the quantity of water consumed and discharged. The laboratory also decreased the quantity of water used in the cooling tower by increasing the water recycle rate.
Waste Prevention and Recycling
- The facility was constructed with concrete containing recycled incinerator residue (fly ash) and recycled asphalt was used for parking and roadway surfaces. A substantial amount of laboratory cabinetry is made of wood from a sustainable forest, which actually cost less than comparable metal casework and is a renewable resource.
- In 2003, ESC received ISO 14001 certification for its environmental management system.