By Ryan Taylor- Green Labs
The last two weeks have been a time of brainstorming and narrowing down ideas on how to make the labs at UCLA more environmentally friendly. Our team started our adventure early Wednesday morning at Kerckhoff Coffee House where we attempted to highlight some of the environmental issues that could be addressed in labs across campus. Some of the initial ideas included changing to different lab suppliers that recycled their used products, reducing energy consumption by simply turning off machines that aren’t in use, implement recycling, and to educate lab users in the hopes of creating energy saving behavior. All of these ideas seemed simple, but it was soon evident that few had been implemented when we took a tour of a lab in the Biomedical Sciences Research Building.
The meeting with Klara, our stakeholder, and the lab tour that accompanied it, really helped to clarify the issues we wanted to address. We were able to observe that there was very little recycling, and that most of the machinery was consistently left on. Due to this, we decided that our team would focus on ways to reduce waste through recycling, and reduce energy use through a machinery labeling program. The general idea of the machinery labeling program is to determine which equipment can be turned off after use, and to label them accordingly.
Even though our team has concluded that we wish to focus on recycling and equipment labeling, we are still in the process of determining the steps needed to make these initiatives happen. Our next phase is to meet with Klara again in order to inform her of the options we have chosen, and to get further guidance as to how we can best go about accomplishing them.