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Environmental Management Programs & Initiatives


Environmental management programs support the NIEHS Environmental Policy and the overall goal of reducing negative environmental impacts. These programs were established to assure compliance with federal, state, and local environmental regulations. Each program includes specific requirements that are documented in the NIEHS EMS Manual as well as a corresponding written plan, procedure, or instruction.

  • Air Emissions

    This program includes performance standards for the boilers, emergency generators and incinerators located on the NIEHS Campus. This program also encourages and supports alternative transportation including bus, carpool, and telework options.

  • Energy Management

    This program seeks to reduce electricity consumption associated with NIEHS laboratory, utility, office, and outdoor operations and support HHS/NIH agency wide efforts to reduce campus building energy intensity and increase usage of renewable energy.

  • Green Purchasing

    This program encourages the purchase of recycled content materials, energy-efficient equipment, alternative fueled vehicles, bio-based products, environmentally preferable products, and non-ozone depleting substances.

  • Hazardous Materials Management

    The program provides criteria for the safe and environmentally sound storage, handling, transportation and disposition of hazardous materials used in laboratory research, support and maintenance operations, and construction activities.

  • Hazardous Waste Management

    This program provides for the management of hazardous wastes to ensure that such wastes are identified, accumulated, stored, transported, treated, and disposed or recycled in an environmentally sound manner.

  • Pesticides

    This program follows integrated pest management (IPM) principles when controlling pests in the animal facilities, inside campus buildings, and on campus grounds through limited pesticide application in a manner that is effective yet safe for the environment, personnel, and research activities.

  • Solid Waste Management

    This program insures that solid wastes are identified, classified, collected, transported, stored, recycled, treated and/or disposed safely and in a manner protective of human health and the environment. Maximization of the quantity of material diverted from the landfill, either by recycling, reuse, or reduction in quantities used, is a primary objective.

  • Stormwater Management

    This program focuses on reducing the potential for outdoor petroleum and chemical spills, and minimizing the impact of construction projects on the stormwater conveyance system.

  • Wastewater

    This program reduces the potential for pollutants to enter the sanitary sewer system through effective pretreatment, source reduction, proper chemical disposal, and other wastewater management programs.

  • Water Consumption

    This program seeks to reduce water consumption associated with NIEHS laboratory, utility, facility, and domestic operations.


Environmental Management Initiatives are voluntary programs developed by the NIEHS to help achieve environmental stewardship objectives. These initiatives are renewed annually and adjusted as objectives are met or modified.


  • Wastewater Reduction

    This initiative seeks to reduce the volume of wastewater discharged into the Durham County sanitary sewer system by filtering and reusing cooling tower water.


  • Energy Conservation

    This energy reduction effort seeks to reduce the amount of electricity consumed on our campus by replacing the existing outdoor street, sidewalk, and under bridge lighting with LED lamps.


  • Waste Diversion

    The objective of this waste diversion initiative is to increase recycling of beverage containers by establishing outdoor recycling collection bins.

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