We are pleased to announce that Kimberly-Clark has become a corporate sponsor of My Green Lab. Kimberly-Clark has demonstrated a commitment to reducing the environmental impact of laboratories by introducing a glove- and garment-recycling program. Kimberly-Clark's support of My Green Lab will enable us to continue to focus on waste reduction in laboratories.
My Green Lab is excited to announce Priorclave NA's support for 2016. Priorclave NA has a strong commitment to water and energy conservation in laboratories, and they have been instrumental in bringing autoclaves to the forefront of that conversation. As a result of Priorclave NA's support, My Green Lab will be able to continue to work on building a culture of sustainability through science.
The International Institute for Sustainable Labs, I2SL, has recognized My Green Lab's Executive Director for her outreach and advocacy. Click here to learn more about this prestigious award, and about the outstanding work of our ED!
My Green Lab's involvement with UCSF has been featured in their Living Green 'Sustainability Stories' section!
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My Green Lab attended the GC3 Roundtable meeting this week at the Nike factory in Portland, OR. From their website, the GC3 is a "a business-to-business forum that advances the application of green chemistry and design for environment across supply chains. It provides an open forum for cross-sectoral collaboration to share information and experiences about the challenges to and opportunities for safer chemicals and products."
We learned of some truly exciting and innovative ideas being applied across supply chains. We also learned of the incredible work being done in universities across the country to build Green Chemistry into their curricula. The obvious next step is to start practicing Green Chemistry in our labs - and not just our chemistry labs, but our biology and physics labs as well. In fact, Sigma-Aldrich is already ahead of the curve, having expressed a commitment to educating their customers on safer chemical alternatives.
My Green Lab is excited to announce a partnership with the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL). I2SL is a recognized global leader in laboratory sustainability. From their website: The International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL) is devoted to the principles of sustainable laboratories and related high-technology facilities, from design to engineering to operation. Through worldwide partnerships and the exchange of technical expertise, I2SL will encourage the development of high-tech facilities that address the rapid pace of science, medicine, research, and development in an ever-changing and dynamic environment.
More information about our partnership will be announced in the coming months.
Join My Green Lab and other distinguished panelists at AASHE for conversations about engagement in green lab programs:
Behavior Catalyzing Sustainable Change 10/27/2014
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM, B112
Furthering sustainability on campus and across the globe requires a team effort at shaking up the process, perceptions and habits to consider a new, more sustainable path. This panel will offer diverse perspectives from a campus sustainability director, office product supplier, and a consumer goods manufacturer. Each panelist is driving to make campus life more sustainable through changing behaviors and offers experience in leading corporate sustainability, green procurement and implementing process optimizations. The panelists will be given questions to answer with healthy debate and collaboration across the various functions to ensue. The panelists will challenge our understandings of how to best implement behavior change to drive sustainable transformation on campuses while maintaining a productive and healthy environment.
Making Greener Labs Programs a Value Add 10/28/2014
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, C121, 122
Research and teaching laboratories have a special set of circumstances that impact sustainability intervention efforts. Labs are high-impact both in terms of resource use and in terms of student learning, and not surprisingly they represent some of the most high risk and deeply-entrenched interests. We have found that labs are often the “final frontier” of sustainable operations and collaboration on campuses. Based on examples of Greener Labs programs at four research institutions, and with additional input from an industry expert, this session will convey best management practices for bridging the gap between researchers and EHS personnel so that Greener Labs projects can be a valuable addition to their lab environment rather than an additional burden or increased risk. Presenters will share how they have partnered with labs, EH&S, sustainability officers, facilities personnel, and engineering firms to add value for all. Case studies and programs from four separate research institutions will be discussed in this session. Three of the cases heavily engaged lab occupants in the process of investigating opportunities and co-creating solutions. Two of the cases included large scale energy efficiency programs in large laboratory buildings. One of the projects targeted integration with EHS. Approaches, results, and best practices from all campuses will be shared. Allison Paradise of the non-profit organization My Green Lab will speak about marketing of green labs programs to EHS, researchers, and purchasing departments. John Cook of UC Riverside will discuss the planning stage of setting up green labs – from developing a new lab for newly hired professors to addressing concerns from entrenched researchers and skeptical EH&S staff. Klara Olofsdotter Otis, a scientist and a lab manager at UCLA, will give her view on what factors are important to make labs enthusiastic about participating in green labs initiatives. Meggie Patton of Brown University will speak about working with EH&S staff to optimize the Greener Labs program at Brown for EH&S personnel, researchers, and sustainability staff. Bill Spratt of Worcester Polytechnic Institute will speak about their new and growing Greener Labs program which first focused on efficiency and fume hoods in the largest laboratory building on campus. Ben Datema, a Sustainability Program Coordinator with GreenerU and experienced Greener Labs implementer, will serve as moderator.
My Green Lab is pleased to announce that Priorclave NA is now an official Corporate Sponsor. Priorclave NA has been at the forefront of the conversation around right-sized equipment for laboratories, specifically advising laboratories to consider research-grade autoclaves instead of medical-grade ones whenever possible. They have also worked closely with S-Lab in the UK to demonstrate the energy and water savings that can result from using a more energy- and water-efficient autoclave.
The drought in California is affecting us all, and autoclaves represent a real opportunity for water and energy savings. To learn more about best practices for autoclaves, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.