Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 46.44
Liaison Rachel Kornhauser
Submission Date March 2, 2018
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STARS v2.1

State University of New York at Oneonta
IN-9: Green Laboratories

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Rachel Kornhauser
Sustainability Coordinator
Finance and Administration
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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 No
Chemical use and disposal Yes
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 green laboratory program, including the specific initiatives selected above:

All fume hoods have "shut the sash" stickers and before each college break e-mail reminders go out to all staff to close fume hoods. At the start of each break staff walks through buildings to close any ajar fume hoods.

The College has empowered the chemistry laboratory assistant and the Chemical Stores Clerk to review the quantity of laboratory chemical purchases and to review general facility purchases of chemicals in advance of placing orders and to explore alternative substances and substitutes that will not generate hazardous wastes. That may not be possible in many cases, particularly where specific chemicals must be used and specific experiments must be conducted as part of classroom education.

In the Chemistry Department laboratory chemicals are ordered through the “Chemical Handler” with assistance from the Building Director’s Secretary (for finance purposes). When the materials come in, they are accepted by the Chemical Handler who creates an inventory of the shipment and labels each container with a barcode. The barcoded containers are then stored in the “Chemical Storage Room” for all users.
When a faculty member needs to use the material, it is scanned out of the storage room, or it is recorded that some of the material was taken/transferred. This helps to maintain an accurate inventory of the usage of chemicals and to inform future orders.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

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