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Green Labs Seminar and UNC Freezer Challenge Award Announcement
May 15, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pmFree
UNC Green Labs Seminar
There is no Why in Waste: Transforming Research Labs into Sustainable Spaces
Allison Paradise, CEO of My Green Lab
Wednesday, May 15th
1131 Bioinformatics Building
Transforming Research Labs into Sustainable Spaces Research labs are estimated to throw away 12 billion pounds of plastic annually, enough to cover an area 23 times the size of Manhattan ankle-deep. They consume an average of five times more energy than office buildings and they use at least four times as much water. But it doesn’t need to be this way.
Waste – be it energy, water, or other waste – usually only arises when we do not stop to question our behavior. Asking why, such as ‘why is equipment left on overnight?’ leads to insights that reduce waste.
This seminar will explain how to join the growing green labs movement by providing simple, concrete steps that can be taken to reduce the environmental impact of research. The talk will also explore what’s next for the green labs movement, including sustainable procurement and Green Lab Certification.”
UNC Freezer Challenge Winner Announcement
After Allison’s presentation, we will announce which lab has won the UNC Freezer Challenge, a snazzy trophy, and an energy-efficient -80 freezer, all while enjoying delicious Maple View Ice Cream!
(Everyone is welcome. Please RSVP so we can better limit food waste)
This event is sponsored by VWR.
My Green Lab is a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to building a culture of sustainability through science. Founded by scientists, the organization seeks to help researchers see their behavior in a new light. By encouraging people who work in labs to ask ‘why’, My Green Lab has been instrumental in changing the culture of scientific research. This approach has led to significant reductions in energy, water, and waste in labs across North America. This sustainability movement in research has also inspired innovation in manufacturing, with laboratory product suppliers starting to design their products with sustainability in mind.