Another Win for Sustainable (and Affordable) Research Lab Design

It’s been a great year for our friends at My Green Lab and their ACT Label!  The ACT Label provides lab managers others involved in research lab design and procurement with critical specifics about the environmental impact of laboratory products, as well as an easy-to-compare numerical summary, the “Environmental Impact Factor” (a lower EIF number means … Continue reading “Another Win for Sustainable (and Affordable) Research Lab Design”

9 Questions to Help You Find the Right Autoclave

Comparing steam autoclaves between manufacturers can be maddening. You think you have a strong contender, then you look at just one more website and suddenly realize there are massive differences in warranties, or a standard option on one isn’t even available on others. What’s really important in the long run? Compare Autoclaves between Manufacturers with … Continue reading “9 Questions to Help You Find the Right Autoclave”

Choose Your Lab Equipment with Conscience Intact

For a quarter of a century you’ve been able to buy a kitchen fan that the EPA and Department of Energy have verified is efficient, even though 45% of the people who own them hardly use them.  Meanwhile, the average autoclave wastes almost an Olympic swimming pool’s worth of water each year, and no one … Continue reading “Choose Your Lab Equipment with Conscience Intact”

Fighting the Spread of African Swine Fever — Without Creating New Crises

African swine fever is a disease without cure or treatment that has a 90% mortality rate in pigs.  It’s currently affecting parts of Africa, Eastern Europe, and Western Asia, killing off backyard livestock that people rely on for food and trade. UC Davis Finds Solutions to African Swine Fever Esther Kukielka, a graduate student at … Continue reading “Fighting the Spread of African Swine Fever — Without Creating New Crises”

ERMAHGERD! Your autoclave is trashing your budget!

In a 2017 interview with the Campus Energy and Sustainability Podcast My Green Lab executive director Allison Paradise noted that up to 50 percent of a lab’s funding is sucked up by utility and maintenance costs.  Autoclaves are a non-negligible contributor to these expenses.  For example, on average, a single college campus autoclave uses as … Continue reading “ERMAHGERD! Your autoclave is trashing your budget!”