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Message from the Director

Steven Ashby, Laboratory Director

Dr. Steven Ashby, Director
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

For more than 50 years, the talented staff at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have advanced the frontiers of science, delivered technological innovation, and driven solutions to the marketplace. As the nation's premier chemistry, earth sciences, and data analytics Laboratory, PNNL is tackling some of our nation's most complex challenges in energy, the environment, and national security.

Fundamental to the science and technology outcomes that we deliver every day is our commitment to sustainability—a responsibility that we take seriously. Sustainability at PNNL encompasses environmental stewardship in our operations, as well as how the Laboratory demonstrates social responsibility and advances economic prosperity—all in a manner that delivers lasting benefit to our sponsors, community, and nation.

In fiscal year 2017 (FY17), PNNL's 4,400 scientists, engineers, and support professionals exemplified this commitment, garnering many awards across our sustainability focus areas, including:

  • The 2017 DOE Sustainability Award for "Grassroots Outreach Drives Sustainable Culture," recognizing our multi-prong, staff-led approach to raising awareness and engagement in our sustainability efforts
  • Seven prestigious R&D 100 Awards for leading-edge technology and innovation, including three with an environmental focus
  • The Achieve Award from the Association of Washington Business for our work to advance STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education and a STEM-focused workforce

From innovative best practices in sustainable operations to environmentally focused scientific breakthroughs, PNNL is committed to making our world a better place to live for many generations to come. I invite you to read through this report to learn more about our accomplishments in FY17 that demonstrate PNNL's commitment to environmental, social, and economic responsibility.

Steve Ashby

PNNL Sustainability