How to Get the Highest Energy Savings in your Laboratory with a Fume Hood Retrofit Kit

Did you know that one laboratory fume hood uses as much energy in a year, as three average U.S. homes combined? Approximately 60% of laboratory energy bills go to HVAC systems that compensate for fume hoods..  Improvements to fume hoods represent a gigantic, green potential for cost savings in laboratory sustainability initiatives. This blog post is meant to explain how to get the best return on investment in your specific laboratory setting.

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WIN $1000 of product credit with the New England Biolabs Monarch Kit Upcycle Challenge! www.neb.com/MonarchUpcycle

Have some intellectual fun today for a good cause!  Take New England Biolab's  Monarch® kits Upcycling Challenge to win either $1,000 in NEB product credit or a $1,000 donation to the charity of your choice. NEB will be donating $10 per submission to the Monarch Joint Venture whose mission is to conserve the monarch butterfly population. 

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The March for Science: Green Labs Support Science Funding and Earth Day ... Every day!

In celebration of earth day this month, here is a list of U.S. university green labs news!  Scientists and researchers who use sustainability pratices in their work, are using their funding efficiently, while protecting our environment. This is what being 'labconscious' is all about. 

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The Microbead Ban and Responsible use of Microspheres in the Lab

How should the US Microbead-Free Waters act  affect our thinking about the proper disposal of microspheres as lab waste? Learn how biotechnology companies are using the bioplastic PHA with good results and further developing its use for other lab applications.

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A Green Chemistry Question: Is Toxic Formaldehyde Based Tissue Fixation Good Enough?

Read about KINFix a formalin-free fixative that is optimized for histological, immunohistochemical and molecular analyses of neurosurgical tissue specimens.  KINFix is a non-hazardous replacement for formalin with "green lab" attributes.  Perhaps your lab work can benefit from switching?

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How to Start a Vinyl, latex and nitrile lab Glove Recycling Program:Interview with Lisa Anderson Post Doctoral Scholar at MIT

Dr. Lisa Anderson was kind enough to grant me an interview with her about her experience setting up lab glove recycling programs.  Our hope is that this information will present a "how to guide" for launching lab glove recycling programs at university laboratories.  Check list and case study poster provided. 

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Smart and Sustainable Lab Glassware

Read about the virtues of glass, a material intimately linked with science.  Then consider how a 1768 masterpiece expresses the many ways people view scientific progress.  As a viewer you are met with the scientist's gaze that questions, should I or shouldn't I? And so today, we must also weigh the consequences of our work.

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