Lab Sustainability: Ten Things You Can Do Now for Big Impact

Monday, April 23, 11:10 - 12:00 PM

With limited resources and demands to do more with less, being more sustainable can seem out of reach. Up-front initial costs and the fact that buildings will be occupied during any changes can be a hindrance to many green efforts. However, labs are the typically the single greatest user of energy and resources and even small efforts can provide extensive savings over the remaining life of your laboratory facilities.

This session will show several low-cost, easy-to-implement steps that can be taken immediately to get the most out of your STEM facilities. Chris will present ways departments are increasing students per sections and sections per week in existing spaces. Several small changes in lab systems which have major impacts in operational costs savings will be showcased.

Chris will open an “idea a minute” forum to allow attendees to share ways they have found to increase sustainability without breaking the budget. He will share ten low-cost high-impact strategies that an institution can implement to reduce operating costs for its lab buildings—and for an immediate impact in the reduction of the operating costs of its labs. There are so many opportunities to be green without having to build a LEED Platinum or Carbon Neutral new facility.

Attendees will learn:

• Low-cost, easily implemented sustainable strategies for lab buildings.

• Understand methods to improve lab building utilization.

• Quantify how small changes in lab culture can have big impact in operational savings.

• How to develop plans to take back to your institutions and implement right away.

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