2016

Contest Announcements

It's hard to believe that nearly a year ago we kicked off the Green Labs Contest. During IAP 2016 twelve labs from across the Institute signed onto the challenge of saving the most resources and coming up with the most innovative idea to do so. The Green Labs planning team worked with My Green Labs to educate and benchmark the progress, and ultimate success, of the work done by the participating groups. We are very proud of the accomplishments achieved by the 8 groups that continued with the contest, which you can check out on the Green Programs tab.

Contest Winners:

  • Most Resources Saved - Brushett Lab in Chemical Engineering -
  • Most Innovative Idea - Wang Lab in Mechanical Engineering

Green Lab Certified:

  • Hamel Lab - Chemical Engineering - Silver Certified
  • Imperial Lab - Biology - Gold Certified
  • Summons Lab - Earth, Atmospheric, Planetary Science (EAPS) - Gold Certified
  • Prather Lab - Chemical Engineering - Gold Certified
  • Langer Lab - Koch Institute (76-691) - Gold Certified
  • Schuh Lab - Material Science and Engineering (DMSE) - Platinum Certified
  • Wang Lab - Mechanical Engineering - Platinum Certified
  • Brushett Lab - Chemical Engineering - Platinum Certified

Video: Awards Ceremony Video

News articles: Green Lab Contest: a Certified Success

                       Earth Day + Seed Funding = Greener MIT Labs

What actions did these labs take?

  • Water Conservation – installed low flow aerators on their sink faucets; installed water mizers on their lab’s autoclave (Prather Lab); ensured the appropriate water type was used in experiments; fixed leaks; etc.
  • Energy Conservation – posted ‘Shut the Sash’ information on fume hoods and actually lowered the sashes; turned off lights and posted reminders; monitored equipment plug load and changed behaviors based on findings; installed timers for equipment; chilled ULT freezers from -80C to -70C (Prather Lab); installed a Styrofoam insulator into an ice box to save dry ice shipments and CO2 emissions (Imperiali Lab); etc.
  • Green Chemistry – posted the 12 Principals of Green Chemistry in their labs; reused solvent rinse water for one of their processes (Summons Lab); etc.
  • Waste Management – reviewed and identified lab recycling opportunities; started clean glove recycling program; established common bench workstations to reduce redundancy and better manage inventories (Langer Lab); etc.