Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 75.77
Liaison Ezra Small
Submission Date March 2, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of Massachusetts Amherst
IN-9: Green Laboratories

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Ezra Small
Sustainability Manager
Physical Plant
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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 No
Training for lab users on sustainable practices Yes

A brief description of the green laboratory program, including the specific initiatives selected above:

Sustainable UMass, Environmental Health & Safety, and other campus partners including building design firms that the campus partners with on new construction and major renovations, have partnered to address sustainability in existing and new laboratories coming online in 2018. This includes:

A Shut the Sash Pilot program which reached over 70 fume hood users in over a dozen labs in 2016.

Water Conservation initiatives and equipment purchasing funded by the energy conservation fund (E+ Utilities Fund) including the purchasing and implementation of Rotary evaporators (roto-vaps) which save significant amounts of water during the solvent removal process.

Chemical Use and Disposal procedures and policies issued by EH&S to each lab handling hazardous chemicals in laboratories

A new behavior change/energy conservation/shut-the-sash/sustainability practices program will be rolled out at the new Physical Sciences Building (PSB) opening in 2018, which will feature energy dashboards showing real time fume hood energy consumption as well as shut-the-sash stickers on each fume hood.

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

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