ISO 14001 guides ORISE's recycling and environmental management programs

Environmental stewardship is fundamental to the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) and its commitment that all programmatic and business functions will operate in a way that is both safe and environmentally sustainable. The ORISE environmental management program ensures we recognize our impact on the environment while making sound environmental decisions that exceed the expectations outlined in the contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

ORISE environmental impact infographic

Since earning the distinction in 2005, ORISE has operated its environmental management program under the framework of ISO 14001—the world’s most recognized structure for an environmental management system. Maintaining such a strong sense of operational and community responsibility—from training to documentation to day-to-day activities—has enabled ORISE to operate in any of the numerous countries that recognize the ISO 14001 standardORISE received ISO 14001 recertification through Jan. 21. 2023.

Recycling plays a significant part in environmental management, and ORISE operates under a large-scale program for both recycling used consumables and buying products made from recycled materials. Additionally, ORISE works to minimize waste sent to landfills. These efforts have been so successful that the net weight of ORISE’s recyclables—more than 125,000 pounds annually—exceeds the weight of its landfill waste. 

Certain ORISE programs also involve the handling of hazardous materials, and ORISE takes careful steps to ensure their safe and proper disposal. 

FY19 Recycling Totals

Materials Weight (lbs.)
Paper 60,318
Technotrash (computers, monitors, batteries, and metals) 67,108
Plastic 11,067
Aluminum and tin cans 507
Glass 650
Office furniture 9,171
Total: 148,821