Congratulations to the PMEL Helium Isotope Lab on earning the Copper-level Green Lab Certification!
The Sustainability Office has been working with the PMEL Helium Isotope Lab on ways to make their space more sustainable, and they’ve done an amazing job!
Some highlights from their results include:
- Using CFL and LED light bulbs for all task lighting and overhead lighting;
- Conducting monthly freezer and fridge inspections to prevent leakages;
- Fume hood sashes are shut or lowered when not in use to maximize energy efficiency;
- Clearing out unnecessary chemicals and creating an OSU online inventory of chemicals to limit purchasing and maintaining safety of toxic/volatile chemicals;
- Designating a Green Lab Representative to maintain progress on sustainability goals and efforts in the lab.
The PMEL Helium Isotope Lab joins two other labs to be certified with the Green Lab Certification, and one other lab to be certified Copper! We can’t wait to see how they plan to improve their score and go for Silver, Gold, or Platinum!
About the Certification:
The Green Lab Certification is a simple yet effective way for OSU faculty and staff to further their sustainability efforts and get recognition for their work. It is also intended to provide new ideas for easy steps your lab can take to reduce your environmental footprint and carbon emissions.
It takes the shape of an online survey that assesses current lab practices under five categories: Utilities, Waste Management, Purchasing, Transportation and Travel, and Outreach, Engagement, and Professional Development.
Possible Certification Levels:
- Copper (50-59%)
- Silver (60-69%)
- Gold (70-79%)
- Platinum (80+%)
Don’t work in an Lab but are still interested in ‘greening’ your space? Check out our Green Office Certification and Green Greek Certification. More information about our Green Certifications program can be found here.
Those interested in learning more or completing a Green Certification can reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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