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Sustainable PNNL - Balancing social, environmental, and economic needs for a more sustainable future

Message from the Director

Steven Ashby, Laboratory Director

Dr. Steven Ashby, Director
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

At the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), our mission is to transform the world through courageous discovery and innovation. We deliver high-impact science and technology, manage programs with distinction, and forge strategic partnerships to tackle challenges of vital importance to the nation.

Our commitment to sustainability underpins the scientific discoveries and technological innovations we strive to deliver every day. Sustainability at PNNL encompasses environmental stewardship in our operations as well as a commitment to social responsibility and economic prosperity.

In fiscal year 2018, our 4,400 scientists, engineers, and support professionals exemplified their commitment in each of these areas:

  • Sustainable design and operations: Sustainability is an important component of our campus master plan. In FY18, we completed one high-performance and sustainable building (HPSB) using the Guiding Principles for Sustainable Construction, and we are in the process of certifying our new collaboration center, Discovery Hall. This will bring our total number of HPSBs to 10. Staff also implemented innovative new ways to conserve energy, water, and waste.
  • Social responsibility: As part of our STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) strategy to grow next-generation talent and build science literacy, PNNL STEM Ambassadors regularly engage with students, parents, community organizations, educators, and government representatives to share their research and talent and to build goodwill. Our STEM Ambassadors represent the primary campus in Richland as well as offices in Seattle and Sequim and reflect the Laboratory’s rich diversity in ethnicity, gender, age, and research interest.
  • Economic prosperity: Five PNNL technologies were named finalists in R&D Magazine’s top 100 innovations of the year, demonstrating the real-world impact that our science and technology has on society. Two of these projects, StreamWorks and the Dynamic Contingency Analysis Tool, won the prestigious award, bringing the total number of R&D wins for PNNL to 109 since the award's inception in 1969.

At PNNL, we are passionate about making our world a better place to live for generations to come. I invite you to read through this report, review our FY18 sustainability performance data, and learn about some of the ways PNNL is demonstrating its commitment to environmental, social, and economic responsibility.

Steve Ashby

PNNL Sustainability