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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.

"The Sustainable ORNL program helps us to bring the outcomes of our energy-related R&D to bear on our commitment to responsible stewardship of the resources entrusted to us. By building partnerships between our R&D staff and our mission support organizations, this employee-driven program identifies opportunities to optimize energy and environmental performance ,reduce waste, and cut costs. Since its initiation in 2008 as the Sustainable Campus Initiative, Sustainable ORNL has contributed to the development and efficient operation of a 21st century R&D campus supported by modern infrastructure that now includes 20 high-performance sustainable buildings, more than 300 flexible-fuel vehicles, award-winning computational facilities, and a state-of-the-art LEED certified guest house." - Thomas Zacharia, Director, Oak Ridge National Laboratory; President and CEO, UT-Battelle, LLC