3. Present data-driven findings to senior leadership indicating the potential for saving, and garner their support.
Our findings were presented to the Senior Operations Team at FAS, and I subsequently requested additional funds to kick off a new Shut the Sash Competition between 14 additional laboratories. Senior management approved, and as of September 2015 Harvard has 33 labs participating in fume hood competitions, up from 19 just a year ago. While these new labs are less fume-hood-intensive as those in CCB, savings can still be found. Estimates suggest this new competition should save an additional $50,000-$73,000, which pushes Harvard's annual savings to around $300,000 per year between both competitions. Considering the operational budget of $4,500 per year for running each competition, this should be a huge success for FAS and the Office for Sustainability. FAS opted to fund a one-year pilot of this competition, and a follow up study is planned for the fall of 2016 to assess the efficacy of the expansion.
Green chemistry is a solution oriented approach to lab safety with economic benefits. In today's green labs tip I would like to refer you to the OSHA Transitioning to Safer Chemicals Toolkit that highlights how efforts to substitute hazardous chemicals with green chemistry is the most effective way to promote laboratory safety.
Hundreds of open source 3D printer designs for lab equipment are available online that can reduce your lab set up costs in a sustainable way. These items include microscopes, micro pipettes, centrifuges, gel electrophoresis systems and many lab hacks!
Sustainable Stanford Cardinal Green Labs Program uses outlet timers because it can save up to 50% of equipment energy consumption. Learn how your lab can too!
Here is a green labs tip based on a new study, that will help you "turn out the lights" on energy waste and "open your window" to energy savings!
Learn how to implement $1,300 savings annually per laboratory fume hood, and what government agency provides financing for facilities implementing energy and water efficiency projects.
Using responsibly sourced and recycled paper towels in your laboratory is an easy way to contribute to sustainability.
Here is a list of green lab tips for energy efficient ULT freezer use...
Green Lab Tip: Dust with a coil brush then vacuum clean your lab freezer coils 2-3 times per year, to save energy & increase freezer longevity. It helps to have the right tool handy!