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!”

What Universities Get Wrong About Their Lab Autoclave

University facility managers often contact us with an odd request: They need an affordable, efficient lab autoclave for a research facility—but they say that autoclave will need to run nearly constantly during the workday, all year round. While 24/7/365 operation is totally normal throughput for a medical-grade autoclave in a busy hospital, in our years … Continue reading “What Universities Get Wrong About Their Lab Autoclave”

Genetically Modified Food: The Good, the Bad, and the Scientific

Many promises are made about genetically modified (GM) food, but the facts still wait to be proven — either way. For example, GM soybean oil was touted as healthier, but a joint study by UC Riverside and UC Davis demonstrated that these claims were marginal at best: Results indicate that GM soybean oil is just … Continue reading “Genetically Modified Food: The Good, the Bad, and the Scientific”

Coming Clean: Universities Reduce Carbon

Universities are racing to reduce carbon. Solutions can be costly, but leading institutions are doubling down on their reputations for progressive solutions and showing us what can be done — and how effective these solutions are. Harvard University and Cornell University, for example, are pioneering efforts for large scale alternative energy sources (mostly geothermal, wind, and … Continue reading “Coming Clean: Universities Reduce Carbon”

Conservation for the People, By the People, In the Lab

People want to know: what’s in it for me? It’s almost painfully obvious, but a new study finds that conservation efforts without consideration for the impact on people results in opposition and conflict. Academic arguments aren’t enough to implement large scale plans, no matter what the data says. Researchers at the University of California at Riverside … Continue reading “Conservation for the People, By the People, In the Lab”