Autoclave Replacement

Project Leads: David Scrimger

Sponsor: Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) Department

TGIF Grant: $8,000.00

Project Theme: Water Conservation

Project Location

2018 Application Submission

Status: In Progress

Project Description: The Green Labs Autoclave Replacement Assessment project aims to address the massive amounts of water consumed by laboratory sterilizer equipment, specifically by autoclaves. The Green Labs program recognizes the opportunity to significantly reduce this exorbitant water usage (and its associated long-term financial costs) as part of its underlying commitment to achieving campuswide water efficiency. Proposed funding for this project will aid continued student research throughout the following academic year. Through an in-depth evaluation of the outdated autoclaves housed in the Life Sciences Addition (LSA) building, findings have since spurred a broader discussion among other campus labs and a desire to continue research on behalf of future sterilizer upgrades based on their autoclave needs.

Goals of the Green Labs Autoclave Replacement Assessment project include the hire of two new Green Labs Research Associates in an effort to continue a comprehensive assessment of LSA water use, and later, of the autoclave needs within other UC Berkeley campus labs. Following thorough equipment selection, collected data from these assessments will be shared with Purchasing (Procurement) to implement a UC system-wide purchase.

Mission Statement

The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) provides funding for projects that reduce UC Berkeley's negative impact on the environment and make UC Berkeley more sustainable. TGIF will allocate funds to projects that promote sustainable modes of transportation, increase energy and water efficiency, restore habitat, promote environmental and food justice, and reduce the amount of waste created by UC Berkeley. Portions of the fund also support education and behavior change initiatives, student aid (via return to aid), and internships. TGIF is supported by student fees and administered through a student-majority committee and a program coordinator.