Past Rooftop Tour at Earth Sciences Building (ESB)
On March 9th, UBC researchers toured the Earth Sciences Building (ESB) rooftop. This Green Labs tour was organized by Building Operations, Energy & Water Services and Risk Management Services. Everyone learned more about UBC’s complex fume hood exhaust systems, including stacks and scrubbers, and found out how fumes from research experiments could impact the environment. The bonus was an amazing view and a small moment of fame in the BOPS weekly news!
Stay tuned for our upcoming summer tour, we are planning to visit a wastewater treatment plant.
Congratulations to our Winter 2017 Green Labs Winner
Congratulations to Joanne Denny from Zoology, who won a $100 MEC gift card for her participation in the Winter 2017 Green Labs events.
Metro Vancouver’s Pollution Prevention Plan Regulation for Wastewater
(Article submitted by Sean Tynan, Policy Coordinator, Metro Vancouver)
Metro Vancouver collects and treats the region’s wastewater to protect public health and the environment. As some pollutants found in wastewater cannot be treated effectively, Metro Vancouver develops strategies to reduce or eliminate wastewater pollutants at their source.
Please join us at this Lunch & Learn to learn more about the wastewater system, controlling pollutants at source, and how you can provide input to inform the proposed regulation for Pollution Prevention Plans. Please RSVP here. You can also watch this video to learn more about the region’s wastewater system.
UBC’s Sanitary Sewer – What You Need To Know
To ensure that our aqueous waste is disposed of in a way that protects the health of both the environment and the UBC community, UBC has guidelines for routine and planned discharges from research, operations, and maintenance activities. These guidelines prevent pollution of UBC’s sanitary sewer system and the environment, and ensure compliance with environmental requirements.
Not sure how to get started? To encourage and facilitate compliance, UBC has various procedures, toolkits, and other resources available for you.
Michael Smith Laboratories accepted our Chill UP challenge— and cut energy consumption equivalent to 4 single family homes!
This March Michael Smith Laboratories (MSL) took on the Green Labs Chill UP challenge to address a common lab energy-hog; the Ultra-Low Temperature Freezer (ULT). ULTs consume as much energy as a family home! Increasing set point temperatures by 10⁰C (from -80⁰C to -70⁰C) reduces energy consumption up to 42% and prolongs the life of the freezer, all while maintaining sample integrity.
By the end of the challenge, MSL almost tripled the number of ULTs in their labs set to the energy saving temperature. Way to go MSL!
5 things to do after reading this newsletter
Invite a friend and RSVP together for the upcoming Lunch and Learn.
Participate in upcoming Green Labs Tour
Watch a video to see how the Metro Vancouver Liquid Waste Systems works.
Visit the Green Labs website to find out how else you can get involved—and become eligible to win a $100 gift card.
Complete the Aqueous Waste Profile for your lab and RMS will help determine what can be disposed of via the sanitary sewer system.
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