Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.01
Liaison Paul Mathisen
Submission Date May 23, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
IN-9: Green Laboratories

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 0.50 Liz Tomaszewski
Facilities Systems Manager/Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Department
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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 No
Materials management, e.g. green purchasing guidelines and recycling and reuse programs No
Training for lab users on sustainable practices No

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

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Gateway Life Sciences and Bioengineering Center at Gateway Park (Gateway Labs) has achieved a 33% electrical reduction in its first summer after a series of improvements. Equipment has been upgraded to the latest ASHRAE and ANSI standards, and efforts are underway to maximize each individual’s awareness of personal impact on lab energy use. The turnkey implementation of a GreenerU’s GreenerLabs program addressed key engineering and behavioral issues around fume hood flow controls, lab safety, and non-disruptive building operations. GreenerU estimates diversion of approximately 907 MTCO2e per year as a result of these efforts. Each fume hood was retrofitted with both vertical and horizontal sash pane sensing to reduce air changes, while maintaining a safe environment. Fume hood minimum air flow, general exhaust, and variable-air-velocity supply were adjusted based on ANSI/AIHI Z9.5 and NIH guidelines. “Shut the Sash” stickers were placed on all fume hoods and training was provided to all laboratory faculty, staff, and students.
For water conservation and efficiency: Two 75 kW combined heat and power co-generation units to satisfy portions of building electrical and hot water demands.

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