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Custodian Mary Mulroy uses H2Orange2 biobased all purpose cleaner. Evaluation and purchase of the cleaner is part of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's commitment to excellence in pollution prevention.

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Document Title: Biobased Product Use
Category: Agricultural Research, Environmental Remediation, Pollution Prevention and Waste Reduction
Media Type: Photos
Date of Image/Photo: May 2005
Background: "Buy Bio" bags awards for PNNL Laboratory team honored for green purchasing program RICHLAND, Wash - When it comes to environmentally responsible purchasing, the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is unsurpassed among its peers. DOE's Office of Environment, Safety and Health has honored PNNL Early Adopters Buy Bio program with a P2 Star Award for "stellar achievements in pollution prevention." The team also was named Best-in-Class by the Office of Science for "leadership in development and implementation of green purchasing activities and initiatives." In fiscal year 2004, the PNNL Buy Bio team evaluated three new biobased products, piloted two of them, established four vendor contracts with environmental purchasing requirements and achieved a 97 percent rate of compliance with green purchasing guidelines. The team also modified training to emphasize biobased products, assisted two other national laboratories in their transition to biobased products and instituted process changes that avoided costs of over $200,000 annually. PNNL Facilities & Operations Director Mike Schlender said is nice to receive the award, but recognition is not why the program is in place. "These awards are really a tribute to our talented staff and their sustained commitment to environmental stewardship in our operations," Schlender said. "Buying green is just another example of our drive to really be Best-in-Class and to provide value to DOE and other laboratory customers," Schlender said. "We are always looking for ways to improve our environmental performance, and if possible, make these changes part of our standard practice." PNNL began purchasing biobased products in 2001 under DOE's Green Custodial Products program. With the department's launch of the Buy Bio initiative in 2004, the PNNL team reviewed all major product purchases throughout the laboratory to identify products with biobased equivalents that would still meet cost, availability, performance and regulatory requirements. That review resulted in the team evaluating three biobased products -- a floor cleaner, a biobased detergent for washing parts, and biodiesel for grounds maintenance equipment. The floor cleaner and parts washer were successfully tested. The biodiesel passed the evaluation phase, and the team hopes to implement its use in the future. The involvement of staff members who will actually use the replacement products is essential to Buy Bio's success. During evaluation and pilot testing of the floor cleaner, the team coordinated with maintenance staff to improve processes, eliminate unnecessary activities and improve product selection. A total of seven P2 Stars Awards and 18 Best-in-Class Awards and were presented to DOE laboratories nationwide. PNNL (http://www.pnl.gov) is a DOE Office of Science laboratory that solves complex problems in energy, national security, the environment and life sciences by advancing the understanding of physics, chemistry, biology and computation. PNNL employs more than 4,000 staff, has a $650 million annual budget, and has been managed by Ohio-based Battelle since the Lab's inception in 1965.
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