|Submission Date||Feb. 15, 2018|
University of Colorado Colorado Springs
IN-9: Green Laboratories
|0.50 / 0.50||
Public Safety Department - Environmental Health and Safety
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||Yes|
|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||Yes|
A brief description of the green laboratory program, including the specific initiatives selected above:
As part of UCCS’ commitment to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and foster a culture of sustainability on campus, the Office of Sustainability, in conjunction with Environmental Health and Safety has developed the Green Labs program to evaluate and promote sustainable behavior and efficiency within campus laboratories.
Labs constitute a large portion of the energy used on campus and as such, there are many opportunities to reduce GHG emissions and utility expenses. Furthermore, water conservation, management of chemicals, equipment purchasing, transportation practices, zero waste initiatives and more can all be pursued to achieve a greener campus.
During our first year of operation, in 2015, the Green Lab program evaluated over 28 campus laboratory spaces. This preliminary evaluation of our Green Lab program found that University laboratory spaces had a wide diversity of energy and water use.
The program continues to develop to meet the specific needs of our campus laboratory spaces.
Initiatives that have been taken include:
1. Applying fumehood stickers educating user on the proper levels for the sashes,
2. Working to increase the temperature for minus 80 degree freezers,
3. Autoclaves for water efficiency
4. Identifying items that can be recycled and increasing the recycling from labs,
5. Ensuring proper chemical use and disposal.
6. EHS provides training to the lab users and faculty concerning all of the above items. Training is required for any UCCS employee that generates or handles hazardous materials. This training will include information about waste identification, container labeling, and waste storage. This training shall also include emergency procedures, emergency system, and a review of the hazardous materials regulatory requirements set forth by EPA, OSHA and CDPHE.
There is also a green chemistry program on campus that was funded in part by an NSF grant.
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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