- Report Date
- May 2019
Fume cupboards in 2 labs in Joseph Black Building are currently being converted to VAV with motion sensor controls for the sash. If this pilot project proves successful it is hoped further labs (Chemistry or otherwise) will follow.
Follow up monitoring for the energy monitoring and engagement project in the Hugh Robson Building was carried out in March. A further energy monitoring project has been proposed for Ashworth and is in development.
A second Cold Storage Sustainability Facilitator internship has been approved to start in Q3. This will involve discarding unnecessary samples, identifying samples suitable for archiving, and undertaking basic defrost and filter cleaning maintenance.
4 lab projects were proposed and approved for funding.
A new project to investigate opportunities to reduce lab plastic waste commenced in March with the following scope:
Encourage sustainable use and disposal of plastics in laboratories
Identify best practice for reducing single-use lab plastics and create an action plan to implement relevant actions at the University
Create guidance and improve communications about plastic consumption and disposal in laboratories
Research best practice for reducing single-use lab plastics and create an action plan, guidance, and improved communications on this subject (April - September 2019)
Progress in Q3
For the laboratory plastics project in Q3, a brief and project work plan have been generated. Following the outlined deliverables, a survey on laboratory plastics use and recycling has been written and is ready to circulate by June, and best practice research has been conducted on this topic.