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Greening EPA

Gulf Ecology Division Laboratory

Photo of the porch of one of EPA’s Gulf Ecology Division Laboratory buildings in Gulf Breeze, Florida.

78,006 gross square feet (GSF)
Personnel: 123

Energy Intensity:
FY 2016: 180,161 Btu per GSF
16.5% reduction from FY 2003 baseline

Water Intensity:
FY 2016: 58.69 gallons per GSF
31.6% reduction from FY 2007 baseline

Gulf Breeze, Florida

The laboratory is a primary research facility of EPA’s Office of Research and Development National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory.

Sustainable Features

  • EPA has conducted pilot assessments at this facility to identify vulnerabilities and opportunities to improve resiliency to the impacts of extreme weather events.
  • EPA developed a checklist of facility resiliency considerations, including severe weather events expected to occur in the region (e.g., hurricanes).
  • Landscaping is native, self-sustaining vegetation that does not require landscape irrigation. A grassed swale helps convey stormwater from impervious surfaces to those that can detain or absorb runoff.
  • EPA’s Computational and Geospatial Sciences Building #67 received the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED® Silver for New Construction (version 2.2) certification in April 2009.

For more information, visit the Gulf Ecology Division Laboratory’s website, read Sustainable Facilities at EPA: Computational and Geospatial Sciences Building, Gulf Breeze, Florida or visit the EPA Facility Contact List.