The Robert S. Kerr Environmental Research Center (RSKERC) houses state-of-the-science analytical chemistry equipment, specialized instrumentation for solid-phase and colloid characterization, and field equipment to study the transport and transformation of contaminants in soil and groundwater.
Ecosystems and Subsurface Research Field Site, Ada, OK
These research facilities collaborate with NRMRL on ecosystems’ susceptibility to nitrogen deposition and the development of novel management interventions for improving nitrogen-use efficiency in watersheds. The 11-acre field site includes a weather station, computer facility, and several types of wells designed to safeguard our underground supplies of drinking water against contamination by pollutants introduced to the subsurface via injection wells.
Research Field Site Available for Your Use. With its valuable and highly specialized research facilities located in laboratories and research centers across the country, EPA has opportunities for states, private sector companies, utilities, nonprofit organizations, and academic institutions to use EPA's facilities for research. By making its research facilities and equipment available when not otherwise in use for Agency research, EPA can serve as a catalyst for progress in efforts to identify, understand, and solve current and future environmental problems. Learn more about using RSKERC for Collaborative R&D.
Greening EPA. To reduce its environmental footprint, the Kerr Center became EPA’s first “carbon neutral” laboratory. This means the Center reduces energy use wherever possible and implements carbon offsets to mitigate any remaining greenhouse gas emissions caused by using energy. The result is net zero emissions. Learn more about Greening RSKERC.
Green Energy. EPA offsets 100 percent of the electricity consumption at the Robert S. Kerr Environmental Research Center with renewable energy certificates (RECs) purchased through the Agency's current blanket green power contract. In April 2005, EPA entered into a three-year contract with Sterling Planet, to purchase 3 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of green power annually in the form of renewable energy certificates (RECs). Procured by the Defense Energy Support Center, this contract supports the generation of renewable energy from wind turbines at facilities located in Wyoming, California, and Nebraska, and will help offset 100 percent of annual electricity use at the Ada laboratory.
USEPA. (2008). "The Robert S. Kerr Environmental Research Center, Ada, Oklahoma (PDF)." (2 pp, 216 KB) EPA Publication No. EPA/600/F-08/003.