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Arlington, Virginia - Potomac Yard

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These facilities feature the following green attributes:
LEED Certified LEED-NC 2.1 Gold
LEED Certified LEED-EB 2.0 Gold (Potomac Yard One)

LEED Certified LEED-EB: O&M 2009 Platinum (Potomac Yard Two)
green power Green Power

Two of EPA's Headquarters Facilities

Total Facility Area: 459,232 rentable square feet (RSF) (EPA share of the North and South Towers)
Estimated Personnel: 1,631 EPA personnel
Energy Consumption: 31,601,575,635 Btu per year (EPA share)
Btu per RSF per Year: 68,814
Water Consumption: 7,042,261 gallons per year (EPA share)
Gallons per RSF per Year: 15.3

All energy and water data are reported as of FY 2012.


From May to July 2006, EPA employees that worked in three buildings in the Crystal City area of Arlington, Virginia, moved into a newly constructed building nearby that incorporates a number of sustainable features. In May 2004, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) signed 10-year leases for 405,117 rentable square feet of space in two interconnected towers known as Potomac Yard (EPA occupies the South Tower, also known as Potomac Yard One, and a portion of the North Tower, also known as Potomac Yard Two).

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In June 2006, the buildings received the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC's) LEED®Exit EPA Disclaimer for new construction version 2.1 Gold level certification. View the Potomac Yard One LEED Scorecard (PDF) (1 pg, 55K) and the Potomac Yard Two LEED Scorecard (PDF) (1 pg, 56K).

In July 2008, as part of EPA's new focus on operations and maintenance improvements at existing buildings, Potomac Yard One received LEED for existing buildings (EB) version 2.0 Gold level certification. In December 2011, Potomac Yard Two received LEED for existing buildings: operations and maintenance version 2009 Platinum level certification.

In addition to the Potomac Yard facilities, EPA Headquarters occupies space in several other buildings in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area, including:

Environmental Features

The solicitation for offers (SFO) for Potomac Yard contained environmental provisions developed by EPA to ensure that the facility design and operations promote energy and water efficiency and the use of environmentally preferable materials. Included in these provisions were requirements for the new building to acheive the USGBC's LEED certifications, as well as the ENERGY STAR®Exit EPA Disclaimer. Through these provisions and the achieved certifications, the building has been able to successfully incorporate the following environmental features:

Energy Conservation

Green Power

Water Conservation

Photo of green roof between Potomac Yard One and Two buildings.

Green roof between Potomac Yard One and Two buildings.

Stormwater Management

Waste Reduction and Recycling - Construction

Waste Reduction and Recycling - Operations

Alternative Transportation

Other Features


View an archive of older environmental information about EPA's Potomac Yard buildings.

For More Information About This Facility

For a summary of the facility's environmental features, view the Sustainable Facilities at EPA: One and Two Potomac Yard, Arlington, Virginia (PDF) (4 pp, 7.6MB) fact sheet.

Review the Whole Building Design Guide websiteExit EPA Disclaimer to learn more about the facility—including details on design, construction, and operations and maintenance activities—in the One and Two Potomac Yard Case StudyExit EPA Disclaimer.

Helen T. Smith (smith.helent@epa.gov)
EPA's Facilities Manager, Potomac Yard
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Mail Code: 3204R
Washington, DC 20460
Phone: (703) 308-8736

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