We are a green lab!
We believe that whatever we do in
the lab has an environmental price. We do science, which is a cool thing, and
it benefits humankind. However, science can take a serious environmental toll. For example, each chemical hood uses as much
energy as the average American household. The chemicals that we order and
synthesize in the lab also use a lot of energy to make them. And chemicals that
aren’t discarded properly can pollute water sources and kill marine life.
So, in our lab, we strive to be
sustainable and have embraced the Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle model to be an
environmentally responsible as possible. Here are some common tips we use in
our lab that you could use, too:
- Reduce chemical use: Don't order a chemical before checking if
someone else might actually have it. For this purpose, we catalogue all of our chemicals.
Also, ask colleagues if you can borrow the chemical from them.
- Reduce electricity use: After hours and whenever possible, turn off
centrifuges, equipment, chemical and tissue hoods, and lights. Don't leave
freezer and fridge doors open for an extended period of time.
- Recycle: Never dispose of chemicals or solvents in the sink, including methanol-containing
buffers; use special containers as specified by the safety department. Dispose
recyclable items in the recycling bin.
- Reuse: Try to buy used equipment whenever possible and reuse lab
supplies as much as possible.
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