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Sustainable ORNL

Who We Are

The beginning of 2018 marked a significant transition for energy and water management at ORNL. Originally, the ORNL Sustainable Campus Initiative (SCI), now Sustainable ORNL, was formally chartered in 2008 during a time when federal governance in efficient and sustainable operations was moving to the forefront in facilities management. ORNL leadership considered the SCI charter to be a logical extension of the remarkable national laboratory transformation that launched in the very first year of the twenty-first century.

Beginning in 2000, through a creative mix of facility development funding, construction, and renovation, ORNL's World War II-era infrastructure became home to state-of-the-art facilities hosting major new research programs in areas such as high-performance computing (HPC). Advanced building technologies - many developed, tested, and proven at ORNL - were incorporated into new construction and renovation to further advance the laboratory's goal of efficient, sustainable operations.

It was recognized that continuous improvements in operational and business processes must be integrated into the fabric of the ORNL culture to maximize the return from the investment made in modernizing facilities and equipment. For 10 years, SCI played a critical role in the advancement of innovations in sustainable and efficiency facility operations. In 2018, we recognized that SCI had indeed been successful in utilizing innovation in equipment processes to advance resource efficiencies and that an integrated, Sustainable ORNL had evolved as envisioned.

"Sustainability is more than a buzzword at Oak Ridge, leaning instead on the lab's signature strengths in science and technology by integrating energy efficiency, robust and cutting edge technologies, operational and business processes, and behavior to achieve sustainability. From major retrofits to mindful staff careful of their personal energy consumption, we have made responsible practices a matter of routine on the ORNL campus. I'm looking forward to the next generation of innovation led by the Sustainable ORNL Program as we place our scientific proficiency into practice, nurturing a culture in which sustainability guides every decision." - Moe Khaleel, Associate Laboratory Director Energy and Environmental Sciences, and Cosponsor of Sustainable ORNL