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


PNNL relies on the region's natural water resources to support our research and operations, from aquaculture studies to the cooling ponds for our buildings. We recognize the value of water in the arid Eastern Washington environment and have made water conservation a key element of our sustainability program.

Our goals are to:

  • Reduce potable water use intensity in buildings 36% by 2025 from a 2007 baseline
  • Reduce irrigation, landscaping, and industrial water use 30% from 2010-2025
Ultra-trace laboratory

PNNL met the FY2025 potable water reduction goal and, as of FY2016, has reduced its intensity by 66%. By implementing recommendations from the 2016 Water Management Plan, we achieved a 5.5% reduction from our FY2011 baseline.

Building Water Use Intensity - All PNNL Campus
PNNL Industrial, Landscaping, and Agricultural (ILA) Water Use - All PNNL Campus

*Note: While 2010 is the baseline year for federal ILA goals, PNNL was approved by DOE to use 2011 due to a significant construction effort for 8 new buildings completed in 2010.

PNNL Sustainability