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Sustainability at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Green Procurement, Property Reuse and Disposition 


Excessing and Property Sales

Part of ORNL's Property Management Organization, the Excessing and Property Sales group handles the disposition of excess and surplus property at ORNL and several other Oak Ridge area DOE contractors in accordance with federal property management regulations. All items must meet standards for export control, radiological control, and hazardous materials before being released to the public. Reuse is the first step for disposition; this saves ORNL money by avoiding time and cost spent for new acquisitions. Items for reuse can be claimed through the Property Shop from the Excessing Warehouse and through transfer from other federal agencies to ORNL. Reutilization savings totaled more than $154 million from FY 2006 through FY 2012.

Items not reused within the DOE–Oak Ridge complex can be transferred to other DOE sites or federal agencies. From FY 2007 to FY 2012, ORNL transferred more than $31 million in federal transfers.

ORNL donates to non-profits including state and educational agencies and organizations through programs like Computers-For-Learning, which offers computer items to schools, and the Energy-Related Laboratory Equipment program, which donates laboratory equipment to colleges and universities. From FY 2007 to FY 2012, the laboratory donated more than $2.4 million in computers and laboratory equipment.

Items that remain after being offered through reutilization, transfer, and donation are dispositioned through Property Sales in the most cost-effective manner. The laboratory issues annual sales contracts for the purpose of recycling certain commodities generated in large quantities.

Excessing and Property Sales holds live and silent auctions; conducts sealed-bid, internet, and negotiated sales; approves trade-ins; and conducts fair market appraisals; coordinates and submits to DOE packages required for Foreign Transfers and Abandonments; and manages a Hold-For-Future-Use storage program for stored property items.


ORNL pursues green purchasing for several reasons. The U.S. government is the country’s largest purchaser of goods and services, spending about $370 billion annually. ORNL’s goals are to buy more green products like those with recycled or plant-based content; to reduce purchases by reusing and recycling products where possible, and to ensure that green purchasing is integrated into all laboratory purchasing systems. Procurement staff members research green products to stay current on the best options available when purchasing products ranging from paper to toners to construction material.