SAVE $50,000 (or more!) EVERY YEAR with Your Shut the Sash Program

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.

 Save your research funding from energy waste, "Shut the sash"! Be like Harvard Green Labs, be #labconscious!

Save your research funding from energy waste, "Shut the sash"! Be like Harvard Green Labs, be #labconscious!