Athens, Georgia - ORD
National Exposure Research Laboratory
Total Facility Area: 78,146 gross square feet (GSF)
Estimated Personnel: 153 persons
FY 2003 Energy Consumption*: 28,097,891,400 Btu per year
FY 2003 Btu per GSF per Year: 359,556
FY 2012 Energy Consumption: 20,454,774,220 Btu per year
FY 2012 Btu per GSF per Year: 261,751; 27.2 percent reduction from the baseline
FY 2007 Water Consumption**: 3,463,780 gallons per year
FY 2007 Gallons per GSF per Year: 44.3
FY 2012 Water Consumption: 1,095,223 gallons per year
FY 2012 Gallons per GSF per Year: 14.0; 68.4 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 Ecosystems Research Division of EPA's National Exposure Research Laboratory in Athens, Georgia, conducts research on organic and inorganic chemicals, greenhouse gas biogeochemical cycles, and land use perturbations that create stressor exposures and potential risks to humans and ecosystems. EPA's Office of Research and Development (ORD) maintains the following three facilities.
- The Environmental Research Laboratory contains the Center for Exposure Assessment Modeling Annex, which is used as office space by ORD, and an Environmental Information Annex, which is used as a library and conference area.
- The Lifespan Center serves as a childcare center for EPA and other nearby federal agencies.
- The Bailey Road Annex serves as a laboratory and office space for an analytical support facility for the Ecosystems Research Division of the National Exposure Research Laboratory.
- Rick Pittman received a fiscal year (FY) 2010 Carbon Cutter Honorable Mention for his work on a photovoltaic array and solar hot water heater at the National Exposure Research Laboratory, which helped reduce the laboratory’s carbon footprint by offsetting energy demand with onsite renewable energy.
- Art Zimmerman received an FY 2010 Reporter of the Year Award for consistently submitting timely, accurate invoice packages and reporting forms and being attentive to any follow-up items.
Unique Environmental Features
- In FY 2009, Athens replaced two electric boilers that provided hot water for domestic use in the laboratory with an electric hot water heater that uses less energy. In addition, the laboratory retrofitted all of its fluorescent lighting with T‑8 bulbs and electronic ballasts and replaced all incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs. These efforts contributed to a 10.1 percent energy use reduction in FY 2009 compared to FY 2008.
- The laboratory installed two solar hot water systems to preheat water before it reaches the water heaters, one for the office annex building in April 2009, and another for the main building in September 2009.
- The laboratory completed a new entryway for the facility in March 2009, which includes a photovoltaic (PV) system. In FY 2012, the system generated 12,063 kilowatt hours of electricity to power the guard shack.
- EPA offsets 100 percent of the electricity consumption at Athens ORD with renewable energy certificates (RECs) purchased through the Agency's blanket green power contract. Learn more about EPA's blanket green power contracts.
- In June 2010, EPA completed a revision of its water management plan for the National Exposure Research Laboratory (PDF) (26 pp, 201K, About PDF).
- In FY 2009, the laboratory saw a 41.3 percent reduction in water use compared to FY 2008 due to an air handler condensate recovery effort and the installation of high-efficiency toilets and urinals.
For More Information About This Facility
Rick Pittman (email@example.com)
National Exposure Research Laboratory
U.S. EPA Ecosystems Research Division
960 College Station Road
Athens, GA 30605-2700
Phone: (706) 355-8010
Fax: (706) 355-8068