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Gulf Breeze, Florida

photo:  Gulf Breeze, Florida Gulf Ecology Division Laboratory

This facility features the following green attributes:

LEED certified LEED-NC 2.2 Silver

Meets Guiding Principles Meets Guiding Principles
green power Green Power
Water Management Plan Water Management Plan
Native Landscaping Native Landscaping

Gulf Ecology Division Laboratory

Total Facility Area: 78,006 gross square feet (GSF)
Estimated Personnel: 123 persons

FY 2003 Energy Consumption*: 17,137,247,680 Btu per year
FY 2003 Btu per GSF per Year: 215,699
FY 2012 Energy Consumption: 13,566,182,444 Btu per year
FY 2012 Btu per GSF per Year: 173,912; 19.4 percent reduction from the baseline

FY 2007 Water Consumption**: 6,822,061 gallons per year
FY 2007 Gallons per GSF per Year: 85.9
FY 2012 Water Consumption: 4,741,506 gallons per year
FY 2012 Gallons per GSF per Year: 60.8; 29.2 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 Gulf Breeze laboratory is a primary research facility of EPA's National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory under the Office of Research and Development (ORD). The Gulf Ecology Division on Sabine Island conducts research on the impact of toxic chemicals and pesticides on marine, estuarine, and wetland organisms and communities; monitors and assesses the chemical and biological status of marine and estuarine systems; predicts the ecological effects of the release of genetically altered organisms; and develops microbial strategies to degrade toxic chemicals in the environment.

Unique Environmental Features

EPA's Computational and Geospatial Sciences Building in Gulf Breeze, Florida, Building #67, received the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED®Exit EPA Disclaimer for new construction version 2.2 Silver level certification in April 2009. The LEED rating system is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings, which promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability.

Energy Conservation

Green Power

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Water Conservation

Stormwater Management


View an archive of older environmental information about the Gulf Ecology Division Laboratory.

For More Information About This Facility

For a more detailed summary of the Computational and Geospatial Sciences Building's environmental features, including photos, view Sustainable Facilities at EPA: Computational and Geospatial Sciences Building, Gulf Breeze, Florida (PDF) (4 pp, 1.3 MB).

Website: www.epa.gov/ged/

Clay Peacher (peacher.clay@epa.gov)
One Sabine Island Drive
Gulf Breeze, FL 32561
Phone: (850) 934-9239; (850) 934-9200 (general)
Fax: (850) 934-9201

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