Through the laboratory's Sustainable NREL program and its integration in the environmental management system, NREL protects and enhances the vegetation, wildlife, water quality, and natural resources; complies with environmental requirements; protects air quality; and encourages continuous improvement in environmental protection. NREL has several programs that:
- Reduce greenhouse gases
- Increase water efficiency
- Reduce waste and prevent pollution
- Assist with and encourage green purchasing
- Support transportation infrastructure and efforts to reduce petroleum use.
NREL's Environment Performance Report Environmental Performance Report describes the laboratory's environmental management activities, including environmental compliance activities and status, environmental protection programs, and successes. Annual sustainability goals are strategized in NREL's Site Sustainability Plan FY 2016 and a summary of NREL's achievements and long-term sustainability strategies are presented in the Annual Sustainability Report FY 2014.