[Greener-benches] Lab Green Tip - Funding for waste reduction efforts!

Kreycik, Philip William philip_kreycik at harvard.edu
Tue Sep 29 13:23:53 EDT 2009

Dear all,


Are there any processes that waste money in your resources in your lab
because you are currently unable to afford to test out equipment or
systems that would help you save these resources in the future?  Do you
go through a high volume of solvent or metals or gases or other
consumable materials because you lack a process or system for reclaiming


If so, check out the Green Campus Loan Fund
<http://www.green.harvard.edu/loan-fund> , which provides up-front money
for just this sort of project. To be eligible, projects must reduce the
University's environmental impacts and have a financial payback period
of five to ten years or less. Applicant parties agree to repay the fund
via savings achieved by project-related reductions in utility
consumption, waste removal, or operating costs. 




This tip was inspired by the Chemistry Department's pilot project with a
solvent recycling machine made by CBG Biotech.  The machine has the
potential to save thousands of dollars per year in high volume users'
labs, by saving them from having to pay to purchase acetone and dispose
of it as hazardous waste. The loan fund is a potential way for labs to
find the upfront capital to purchase the machine.



-the FAS Green Labs Program



P.S. The FAS Green Labs program is about to begin a campaign to reduce
departmental junk mail addressed to researchers who graduated long ago.

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