Partnerships for Innovation
Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) places a high value on ensuring that all programmatic and business functions operate in a way that is both safe and environmentally sound. Our environmental management plan provides a comprehensive framework for making certain we fulfill our contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in an environmentally responsible way.
Members of ORAU’s Environment, Safety and Health department, along with ORAU President and CEO Andy Page (pictured second from left), are shown with the flag awarded to ORAU to honor its ISO 14001 registration.
This plan played a key role in ORAU earning ISO 14001 registration in 2005 and the renewal of its registration in 2010. ISO 14001 is an international standard that governs environmental management at all levels, from training to documentation to day-to-day activities. Only a very small number of DOE contractors have earned ISO 14001 registration. Achieving that standard allows ORAU to operate in any of the many countries that recognize this standard.
ORAU’s Environment, Safety, & Health (ES&H) department has created the policies that guide the organization’s environmental management efforts. In partnership with the entire ORAU staff, the ES&H department oversees the company’s efforts in recycling, minimizing waste, and ensuring that hazardous waste is handled properly.
Recycling plays a significant part in environmental management. We have developed a large-scale program for recycling used consumables and buying products made from recycled materials. Likewise, we attempt to minimize waste sent to landfills. These efforts have been so successful that the net weight of ORAU’s recyclables exceeds the weight of its landfill waste.
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Certain ORAU programs also handle hazardous materials and we continue to make it a top priority to maintain sound plans for managing and disposing of them properly.
ORAU has been recognized as a “Green Achiever” by GoGreenET’s Green Business Business Recognition Program and the Greater Knoxville Business Journal. The annual program highlights Knoxville-area businesses and nonprofit organizations that engage in environmentally-friendly business practices!
LEED—Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design—is the nationally accepted standard for the design, construction and operation of high-performance, sustainable buildings.
LEED-certified buildings have been designed to minimize their impact on the environment, use less water and energy, and provide optimal air quality and comfort for inhabitants.
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