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Campus Planning and Integration

Chris Long, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park


When EPA designed the largest research facility in its history, the Agency recognized that it had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to model its mission through green development. EPA's new campus at Research Triangle Park doesn't just provide researchers with state-of-the art laboratories and offices. It embodies the Agency's environmental ethic in every aspect of its design, construction, furnishing and operation.

This session will give an overview of the comprehensive approach that EPA took in weaving together a fabric of environmental stewardship - while at the same time providing flexible, high-performance labs in a dynamic, interactive working environment. The presentation will describe results - like a 40% reduction in energy use, natural treatment of stormwater runoff, and recycling of 80% of all construction waste. The discussion will also cover the process that EPA created to make this "sustainable campus" come to fruition. Lessons learned will include successes, as well as challenges encountered along the way.


Chris Long manages the New EPA Campus program for the Agency in Research Triangle Park, NC. The $300+ million, ten-year project has encompassed designing, building, equipping and relocating to a 1.2 million square foot laboratory and office campus. The complex is headquarters to two EPA National Research Laboratories, EPA's National Computer Center and the nation's Air Quality Planning and Standards program. The project has been recognized throughout the world as a leading example of environmentally-sound design, construction and operation.

In addition to facilities development, Chris oversees health, safety and environmental management programs for EPA's facilities at Research Triangle Park.

Since coming to EPA in 1985, Chris has worked in a variety of positions supporting the Agency's air pollution, research, waste and administrative programs. He began his government career as a Presidential Management Intern with the U. S. Department of Justice.

Chris has a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he also earned bachelors degrees in Communication and Psychology.

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