S-Lab: Safe, Successful and Sustainable Laboratories The S-Lab programme aims to create more sustainable laboratories, and to raise sustainability awareness amongst lab-using staff and students. It has three streams of work:
- Laboratory design (working in partnership with owners and suppliers, and in collaboration with the US Labs 21 initiative);
- Laboratory operation (working closely with lab managers and technicians); and
- Laboratory users (working closely with staff and students).
S-Lab emphasises the synergies between safety, business success and sustainability rather than compartmentalising and/or seeing them as competing with each other. Although its centre of gravity is in universities, it also supports action in private and public sector laboratories, and is keen to build links with them.
University of Colorado-Boulder Green Labs Program The mission of the CU Green Labs Program* is to promote the efficient use of energy, water, and materials in laboratories without compromising safety or the research integrity of world-class research conducted in CU labs.
LABS21 is a professional organization of engineers, architects, project and energy managers that have drafted design criteria for high performance, high efficiency laboratory buildings.
Harvard Green Campus Initiative
Harvard Green Campus Initiative also has a laboratory focused energy peer-to peer conservation program funded by The Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
This website is thorough in its support of hospital sustainability issues, though its focus on mercury and “red bag” wastes are marginally useful to campus settings. It is inspiring that the re is a best practices office for hospitals since they are buildings under tremendous cost and quality constraints.
Stanford has been very successful with its incentive programs for turning in aging, high energy use equipment. The project has had major impacts on energy efficiency through targeted campaigns to address key energy drains.
Stanford University’s Cheat Sheet to Laboratory Energy Conservation.
Check out this handout on sustainable practices for refrigeration, fume hoods, laboratory operations, and purchasing decisions!