National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program

Promoting Sustainability at the Denver Federal Center

DFC solar panels

The Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program (NGGDPP) is administered by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The NGGDPP staff is collocated with the USGS Core Research Center (CRC) and the U.S. National Ice Core Laboratory at the Denver Federal Center in Colorado. In addition to administering NGGDPP, staff works with the CRC to help improve curation, preservation, and access to several million physical samples, which mostly consist of rock cores, cuttings, thin sections, and fossils, managed by the USGS. CRC facilities, which include examination, conference, sampling rooms, and offices span over 112,000 square feet of space and require ambient temperature controls. CRC facilities are managed by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), which is committed to promoting sustainability and energy efficiency for government facilities. Since 2007, GSA installed 8 Megawatt DC photo voltaic system, providing 22% of Denver Federal Center’s electrical needs annually, enough to power 1,064 residential homes. GSA is committed to making the Denver Federal Center the most sustainable government campus in the U.S. by 2020. Every effort is made to reduce energy usage and promote sustainability in our facility.