“[During the Emory Freezer Challenge,] we definitely learned more about not only how to be more efficient with our cold storage units, but became more aware of other areas we could improve (closing hood sashes, unplugging things when not in use).”
“It’s good to know exact quantities of CO2 generated by using the fridge, it helps to visualize the impact of our activities better.”
“[The Freezer Challenge] brought awareness to the fact that we need to defrost and organize our refrigerator more efficiently in order to maintain sustainable lab practices, as well [as] help us do our lab more efficiently.”
“We are thankful to have participated in the [Emory Freezer Challenge] and we are continuing the practices from the challenge in our lab everyday.”
“The Freezer Challenge Pilot Study also gave us a chance to see how raising our -80C freezer by just 10 degrees can make such a significant (and positive) difference.”
Green Labs at Emory is a voluntary, collaborative effort between the University’s Office of Sustainability Initiatives, Environmental Health and Safety Office, Campus Services and Office of Procurement. Beginning as a pilot in 2014 with 14 laboratories, it is now a university-wide program with dozens of certified labs across all campuses.
Emory’s national work on laboratory sustainability Emory is a member of the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL) University Alliance working group and co-chairs an I2SL Landfill Diversion working group. For more information on Emory’s work with this organization on lab sustainability, contact email@example.com.