My Green Lab attended the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference this week. Of particular note were the presentations given by Erin Stanforth (PCC) and Laurel Dunn (UC Berkeley) in which they spoke about the contribution of laboratories to carbon emissions on their campuses. Both women found that laboratories contributed to over 50% of the carbon emissions on campus. Laurel discovered that there is a distinct correlation between the amount of research funding awarded to UC Berkeley researchers and the level of carbon emissions produced by UC Berkeley.
Allen Doyle’s (UC Davis) poster and talk about ultra-low freezers was also noteworthy. More information about the Store Smart movement to reduce the energy consumption of ultra-low freezers can be found here: http://sustainability.ucdavis.edu/action/conserve_energy/store_smart.html