Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 55.77
Liaison Susan Kaspari
Submission Date July 16, 2022

STARS v2.2

Central Washington University
IN-19: Green Laboratory Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 0.50 Susan Kaspari
Professor
Geological Sciences
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Does the institution have or participate in a green laboratory program?:
Yes

Does the institution’s green laboratory program address the following?:
Yes or No
Energy conservation and efficiency, e.g., fume hood ("shut the sash") and freezer maintenance programs Yes
Water conservation and efficiency ---
Chemical use and disposal ---
Materials management, e.g., green purchasing guidelines and recycling and reuse programs Yes
Training for lab users on sustainable practices ---

A brief description of the institution's green laboratory program:

Fume hood signs (shut the sash) were installed on all fume hoods in spring 2021. Fume hoods are large ventilation devices that provide a safe space for experiments and limit the user’s exposure to hazardous fumes, dust, or vapors. A single fume hood can consume the same amount of energy in a year as 3.5 homes. Simply lowering the fume hood sash whenever possible can reduce the energy used by 40%. These fume hood signs remind students and researchers to keep the sash as low as possible when they are working in the hood.

The Murdock Research Laboratory in the department of Geological Sciences has introduced a number of sustainable practices in the department’s laboratories. The first major system Dr. Halfpenny has introduced is a PPE recycling program. This program allows disposable gloves, lab coats, masks, booties, protective eyewear, and hair nets to be collected and recycled. After collection these materials are shipped to Terracycle, a volunteer-based U.S. recycling business, to be recycled.


Website URL where information about the green laboratory program is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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