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Emory North American Freezer Challenge Participants:

Congratulations on enrolling in the 2017 North American Freezer Challenge (NAFC)! In addition to the support provided directly from the NAFC, the Green Labs at Emory team is providing assistance on implementing your NAFC actions. If you have questions, concerns, or need advice on how to implement the NAFC actions at Emory, please contact us at greenlabs@emory.edu or call (404) 727-8763, or attend one of our information sessions listed below.

All Emory labs enrolled in the North American Freezer Challenge are eligible for the following incentives through the Green Labs at Emory program, in partnership with Emory suppliers:
• A $1,000 rebate for swapping inefficient refrigerators or freezers for new efficient equipment.
• A promotional discount on new Thermo Fisher refrigerators and freezers. See this flyer for details.
• A raffle prize for 6 months of free bio-banking sample storage with AKESOgen.
Please see these guidelines for taking advantage of the available promotions.

A series of events are planned to connect you with other NAFC participants and provide a time for demonstration of NAFC actions and problem-solving.

•Monday, March 20, 5-7pm, Marlow’s Tavern at Emory Point – Mix & Mingle with Emory and CDC NAFC participants.

•Meet with Emory energy, EHSO, purchasing, and sustainability experts to talk through best practices in cold storage energy use reduction. Representatives from ThermoFisher, VWR, and AKESOgen are invited to demonstrate their products and promotions for NAFC participants. We’ll have bagels and donuts for you! You do not need to be officially enrolled in the North American Freezer Challenge to attend.
oMarch 22 2-3pm: Whitehead/Rollins/RRC/1462 Clifton area
oMarch 23 10-11am: Whitehead/Rollins/RRC/1462 Clifton area
oMarch 27 1-2pm: TEC/HSRB area
oMarch 29 9-10am: TEC/HSRB area

Green Labs at Emory is a voluntary program designed to assist Emory’s research and teaching laboratories in improving the sustainability of lab operations and practices. Development of the Green Labs at Emory program began in 2013 as a collaborative effort by the University’s Office of Sustainability Initiatives, Environmental Health and Safety Office, Campus Services, and Office of Procurement. A Green Labs at Emory Pilot Program was launched in March 2014 with 14 laboratories, and a university-wide program launched in January 2016.

Congratulations to the following labs certified to date:
•Dr. Berry Brosi, Math & Science Center W505, Environmental Sciences - Certified BRONZE
•Dr. Shonna McBride, O. Wayne Rollins Research Center 3022, Microbiology & Immunology - Certified BRONZE
•Paul Dawson, HSRB E-263, Pediatrics GI – Certified GOLD
•Dr. Meleah Hickman, O. Wayne Rollins Research Center 1083, Biology – Certified SILVER
•Dr. Christine Moe, Claudia Nance Rollins 6035, Rollins School of Public Health – Certified GOLD
•Dr. Levi Morran, O. Wayne Rollins Research Center 1083, Biology - Certified SILVER
•Douglas Taylor, Whitehead G32 + G30, Division of Animal Resources – Certified GOLD
•Dr. Baek Kim, Health Sciences Research Building E463, Pediatrics – Certified BRONZE
•Dr. David Steinhauer, O. Wayne Rollins Research Center 3164, Immunology – Certified SILVER
•Dr. Simon Blakey, Atwood Chemistry Building rooms 618, 620, 622, 624, 626, 628, 631, 633, Chemistry – Certified BRONZE
•Dr. Cynthia Wetmore, Health Sciences Research Building E264, Pediatrics – Certified SILVER
•Dr. LaTonia Taliaferro-Smith, Oxford Science Center Lab Rooms 317, 309, , 301, 209, 325, 201 – Certified GOLD
•Dr. LaTonia Taliaferro-Smith, Oxford Science Center Prep Rooms 303, 203, 319 – Certified SILVER
•Dr. Yoland Smith, Yerkes National Primate Research Center Y-2134 + Y-2135 – Certified BRONZE
•Dr. Shannon Meeks, Emory Childrens Center 410 – Certified BRONZE
•Dr. Cassandra Quave, Anthropology 306 - Certified BRONZE
•Dr. Shoichiro Ono, Whitehead Biomedical Research Building 165, Pathology – Certified BRONZE
•Dr. Cheryl Day, Yerkes National Primate Research Center 1054, Microbiology/Immunology – Certified SILVER
•Dr. Sean Mo, Oxford Science Building rooms 423, 417, 419, Chemistry – Certified SILVER

Green Labs at Emory aims for lab sustainability in four target areas: energy and water efficiency and conservation, recycling and waste reduction, chemicals, and procurement. The Green Lab Checklist contains actionable items within these target areas and pairs with a corresponding Green Lab Guidance Document providing additional resources and information to guide labs through the action items to which they have committed. A Green Lab Incentives Fund allows labs to apply to cover the costs of new sustainable practices or innovations. Participating labs are recognized with door medallions, publication on the Green Lab website, and recognition in internal publications.

Step 1: Learn what sustainable actions your lab can adopt, and tell us what you’re already doing, by filling out the Green Labs at Emory Checklist and consulting the companion Green Labs at Emory Guidance Document.

Step 2: Take Action by submitting the checklist and receiving a certification level. Detailed instructions are on the checklist.

Step 3: Earn Recognition for taking action to make more sustainable choices in your lab. The Green Labs at Emory Team will review your checklist and award your lab with a certification level. You will receive recognition through the Green Labs at Emory webpage, the EHSO Lab Rat, and with visible lab signage and graphics provided to you.

Step 4: Apply for funding to implement the actions on your checklist and new innovations by submitting a Green Lab Incentives Fund Application. 2016-2017 applications are closed. Please check back in September 2017 for the next round of funding.

For questions about Green Labs at Emory, contact greenlabs@emory.edu. Also, email to request sustainability decals, available to anyone, to start promoting sustainable behaviors in your own work space.

Green Lab Incentives Fund

The Green Lab Incentives Fund support laboratories participating in the Green Labs at Emory Program by making funds available for implementing sustainable processes and procedures in Emory’s laboratories. Creative proposals are welcomed for initiatives that seek new knowledge, support new behavior patterns, and make sustainable practices feasible. Grants may be awarded up to $5,000. Faculty, staff, and students from research and teaching laboratories in Emory University and Emory Healthcare are eligible to apply for the Green Lab Incentives Fund.

NEW THIS YEAR! Grants may be awarded in three categories: up to $3,000 are available for projects supporting General Sustainability, and up to $5,000 are available for projects supporting certified Green Offices or certified Green Labs.

Applications will be available in September 2017.

All faculty, staff and students at Emory, including Emory Healthcare and Oxford College, are eligible to apply. Team applications are encouraged. All student applications must include approval from a faculty advisor.

Funds may be used for supplies, materials, publicity, and travel costs supporting approved projects, research, and rituals, which must be carried out on an Emory University, Emory Healthcare, or Oxford College campus or facility.

Application review process:
A committee of faculty, staff, and students select grant recipients based on the following criteria:

1. Relevance of the project to Emory's 2015-2025 Sustainability Vision and/or Emory's Climate Action Plan
2. Clarity and feasibility of the proposal, including clear goals and objectives
3. Sustained impact and reach of proposed project
4. Innovation and creativity to address complex sustainability-related challenges
5. Relevant skills and experience of project personnel

If not selected, applicants may request feedback to help guide future grant requests.

To apply for a Green Lab Incentives Fund, the participating laboratory must also submit for certification by the Incentives Fund deadline. Please see the "How to Participate" section above for details of certification and funding applications.

To apply for a General Sustainability Incentives Fund, visit the General Incentives Fund website for details.

To apply for a Green Office Incentives Fund, the participating office must also submit for certification by the Incentives Fund deadline. Visit the Green Offices at Emory web page for instructions, application materials, and a list of past funded projects.


• Brenda Harmon - Chemistry, Pierce Hall, Oxford College: Reducing water usage in Oxford chemistry labs by connecting chillers to a chilled water loop system.
• Theodosia Wade and Elizabeth Gleim – Biology, Pierce Hall, Oxford College: Energy use reduction- piloting motion sensors and comparing LED lighting with T8 fluorescent lighting in laboratories.
• Karen Levy and Debbie Lee – Environmental Health, Rollins School of Public Health: Reducing chemical, biological, and physical waste through reagent sharing, installing power strips, installing a cardboard recycling bin, using reusable glass culture tubes, and using reusable pipet tip boxes.

Laboratory Recycling at Emory University and Emory Healthcare
In 2015, a pilot laboratory recycling program was conducted in the Biology research labs of O. Wayne Rollins. The pilot program resulted in a laboratory recycling framework that we believe can be applied to all labs at Emory, whether research, teaching, or healthcare. During the pilot, recyclables from O. Wayne Rollins increased. If you are interested in implementing recycling in your laboratory, please review the operational framework below and the recycling protocol developed in collaboration with Emory’s Environmental Health and Safety Office. Contact greenlabs@emory.edu to get started with recycling in your lab!

Recycling program operations
Recycling streams that are processed from Emory’s labs include co-mingled recyclables (metal, glass, mixed paper, plastic), white paper, ice packs, and paper towels for compost. Small 6-gallon containers are placed in each lab for each of these streams, with the compost container being placed at each sink. Lab staff is responsible for servicing the small recycling containers by emptying them into larger recycling stations placed on the building floor as needed. Custodial staff is responsible for servicing the compost containers daily, and for servicing the large recycling stations on each lab floor. We encourage labs to discontinue or drastically limit the use of landfill trash containers by removing them from the lab space. Between recycling and regulated medical waste, there should be little or no landfill trash coming from Emory’s labs.

Recycling in Emory’s labs is feasible when all of the labs on an entire floor, in an entire department, or in an entire building agree to participate in the program. Emory is not able to accommodate recycling from a single lab without the participation of adjacent labs.

To request ice pack recycling in your laboratory building, please contact greenlabs@emory.edu.

Recycling program costs
One set of equipment for each laboratory costs approximately $35 (not including freight). We recommend at least one container for each of the recycling streams (4), and encourage more than one if a lab anticipates higher volumes of waste from a particular stream. For example, some of our pilot recycling labs needed two co-mingled containers, and some did not need ice pack containers.

One set of large waste station equipment placed in communal locations on each floor of the building costs approximately $360 (not including freight). We recommend at least one waste station on each building floor, with up to three being the most beneficial.

Lab departments are responsible for the cost of recycling equipment. For information about grant funding available for lab sustainability, please see the above Green Labs at Emory Incentives Fund description. Lab must participate in the Green Labs at Emory certification program to be eligible for funding.

Recycling program graphics
Please view the Emory Lab Recycling Protocol for detailed instructions on what to recycle, compost, or dispose of in regulated containers.

Please view Emory’s What to Recycle in Labs poster and feel free to print to place in and around your lab space.

Please view Emory’s lab recycling waste station signage to replace any lost signage on the lab floor waste stations, or for a graphical review of what to recycle and compost in labs.

If your lab’s containers are missing or have damaged labels, please contact greenlabs@emory.edu to request replacements.

Pilot Green Lab Program
In March 2014, Emory launched the Green Lab Pilot Program with 14 Green Lab Pilot laboratories across campus. The labs completed an initial checklist review of their current lab practices, selected sustainable actions to implement through the pilot, and worked with the Green Lab Team to implement these action items over the remainder of the 2014 calendar year. In addition to the opportunity to apply for funding from the Green Lab Incentives Fund, each pilot will be funded to receive comprehensive recycling outfitting. Special thanks to our 14 Green Lab Pilots for their innovation and participation in the Green Lab Pilot Program:

Participant NamesDepartmentBuilding
Brenda HarmonChemistryPierce Hall Oxford College
Theodosia Wade, Elizabeth GleimBiologyPierce Hall Oxford College
Maya Meeks, Douglas TaylorDivision of Animal ResourcesWhitehead Biomedical Research Building
Debbie Lee, Karen LevyEnvironmental HealthClaudia Nance Rollins Building
Adriana Lori, Joe CubellsHuman GeneticsWoodruff Memorial Building
Loren Myers, Cheryl DayMicrobiology and ImmunologyYerkes National Primate Research Center
Sean MoChemistryPierce Hall
Tarik Acevedo, Nicole GerardoBiologyO. Wayne Rollins Research Center
Priya D’Souza, Dana Barr, Barry RyanEnvironmental HealthClaudia Nance Rollins Building
Jeanine Ward, Lou Ann BrownPediatricsEmory Children’s Center Pediatric Clinic
Sean Kelly, Gretchen NeighPhysiologyWhitehead Biomedical Research Building
Ono ShoichiroPathology and Laboratory MedicineWhitehead Biomedical Research Building
Jeff Pare, Yoland SmithNeuroscienceYerkes National Primate Research Center
Evi Wommack, Andrew MillerPsychiatryEmory Clinic, Building B

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