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Greening EPA

Western Ecology Division Laboratory

Aerial photo of EPA’s Western Ecology Division Laboratory in Corvallis, Ohio.

117,803 gross square feet (GSF)

Energy Intensity:
FY 2017: 164,690 Btu per GSF
25.0% reduction from FY 2003 baseline

Water Intensity:
FY 2017: 15.15 gallons per GSF
76.3% reduction from FY 2007 baseline

Corvallis, Oregon

This division of the National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory studies the effects of chemical contaminants, land use and extreme weather events on forests, crops, wetlands, lakes and streams along the Pacific Coast. The Western Ecology Division also has a field and research laboratory at the Willamette Research Station in Corvallis, Oregon.

Sustainable Features

  • To reduce its environmental impact, the facility developed a Sustainable Master Plan.
  • The facility has initiated an infrastructure replacement project (IRP), which includes installing a ground source heat pump system; renovating laboratory and office spaces; and upgrading mechanical and electrical systems.
  • The Western Ecology Division Laboratory purchases 360,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) per year of delivered green power, equivalent to more than 15 percent of its annual electricity consumption.
  • The facility has a roof-mounted, 9.5-kilowatt photovoltaic (PV) array. The system was designed with a meter to measure the amount of energy produced by the PV array.

For more information, visit the Western Ecology Division website or the EPA Facility Contact List.