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Greening EPA

Region 2 Laboratory

Photo of EPA’s Region 2 Laboratory in Edison, New Jersey in winter.

272,371 gross square feet (GSF)

Energy Intensity:
FY 2017: 129,165 Btu per GSF
0.8% increase from FY 2003 baseline

Water Intensity:
FY 2017: 9.04 gallons per GSF
45.1% reduction from FY 2007 baseline

Edison, New Jersey

The laboratory supports: the EPA Office of Land and Emergency Management's Environmental Response Branch; the Office of Research and Development’s Release Control Branch; the Regional Environmental Science and Assessment Division; the Regional Enforcement and Compliance Assistance Division’s Pesticides and Toxic Substances Programs; and the Regional Emergency and Remedial Response Division’s Emergency Preparedness Programs.

Sustainable Features

  • The laboratory has two solar water-heating systems that are the primary source of hot water for specific facility areas. Because the building relies on the electrical systems only for auxiliary water heating when necessary, the solar heaters allow the facility to use less electricity.
  • EPA constructed an experimental parking lot and rain garden as part of a long-term research project to quantify the effects of different permeable surfaces on stormwater runoff and the ability of rain gardens to accept, store and infiltrate stormwater. 
  • EPA installed a 1.5-megawatt photovoltaic system at the laboratory as part of a project that combined an energy savings performance contract and a power purchase agreement. The system is expected to meet up to 40 percent of the laboratory’s electricity demand.

For contact information, visit the Region 2 Laboratory website or the EPA Facility Contact List