Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Amy Butler
Submission Date Feb. 11, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Michigan State University
IN-2: Innovation 2

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Bill Lakos
Engineer/Architect III
IPF Energy and Environment
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Safe Sustainable Labs

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:

The MSU Safe Sustainable Labs Committee includes representatives from key University units involved in research, space design, construction, maintenance and safety. The group is dedicated to reducing the environmental impact of scientific research through collaborative efforts that cross organizational boundaries. The committee brings together staff with diverse expertise, experience and interests, who collectively represent MSU’s interests in balancing resource conservation with advancing research. The diversity of the group allows for improved communications and problem solving. Members get updated information for their own departments and bring up issues or roadblocks they’re encountering. The committee meets monthly.

Current committee members include staff from the following MSU units: Office of Planning and Budgets, Environmental Health and Safety, and several Infrastructure Planning and Facilities departments including Safety, Building Services, Planning Design and Construction, and Sustainability. The committee has also collaborated with outside partners including the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the U.S. Department of Energy.


A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):

The committee has coordinated and implemented a range of projects and initiatives, including: outreach and education to research faculty and staff; development of lab energy conservation design standards; involvement in planning new laboratories or laboratory renovations; review and risk assessment of lab ventilation rates; initiating a fume hood hibernation program; and guiding the implementation of efficiency technologies in lab spaces.


A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of five):
Yes or No
Curriculum No
Research Yes
Campus Engagement No
Public Engagement No
Air & Climate Yes
Buildings Yes
Dining Services No
Energy Yes
Grounds No
Purchasing No
Transportation No
Waste No
Water Yes
Coordination, Planning & Governance No
Diversity & Affordability No
Health, Wellbeing & Work No
Investment No

Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:
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The website URL where information about the innovation is available:
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