Tips to Green the Holidays
The holidays are quickly approaching! With all of the festivities and celebrations, we often tend to forget how important it is to properly close down the lab, which is why we are sending you a friendly reminder and list of our top 3 suggestions for a safe, sustainable laboratory:
1. Turn off and unplug equipment - not only will this save electricity, it will also help prevent fires, short-circuiting, and surges after a power outage. Don't forget about vacuum pumps, biosafety cabinets, stirring hot plates, computers, and the lights!
2. Close nitrogen and water lines that do not need to be running. This will avoid waste and floods!
3. Ensure all chemical and solvent containers are closed tightly, stored properly, and inventoried. Taking care of this before leaving the lab will help prevent accidents, and ensure everything is in good condition and can be located upon your return.