Green Lab Supplies and Equipment Award Program

Project Lead: David Scrimger, Edward Sihua Yang

Sponsor: Office of Environment, Health, and Safety

TGIF Grant: $21,000

Project Theme: Energy Efficiency and Conservation

Project Location:

2015 Application Submission

Status: In Progress

Project Description: The Green Labs Program was created to improve sustainability practices in research labs on campus under the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability. Green Labs is trying to expand the fund to include the cost for promotion of the program, along with the purchase and promotion of green lab products by offering awards and subsidies to labs that participate and become certified.

Goals: To generate actual use of water and energy saving products within lab spaces and to gain further interest and purchase of such equipment by laboratories themselves.



Expected or Actual Completion Date

Process of receiving the fund; meanwhile, the Green Labs team will continue to certify labs on campus

Completed in May 2015.

Hire Student for help

Completed July 10, 2015. Hazel Mak.

Create promotional and communication materials

Drafted and expect to complete by August 10, 2015.

identification of 5~10 successful research labs to fund or award equipment to

Broadly examined College of Chemistry with Lab Safety June 2015.  Lab Safety would like to outfit 187 labs with Fidenser Columns.   A refined list should be developed by August 31, 2015 (pending promotional materials completion and lab interaction).

Order lab equipment

On going with each certification. Cohen completed July 2015.

Arrival of lab equipment to the labs, begin assessment

Awarded Cohen Lab July, 2015 w/LED grow lamps for plants.

On-board second student

September 2015. Kendall Stuscavage.

Assessment period of lab equipment, which includes the total usage time, total water saving, energy saving, and satisfaction from lab researchers and students

Continuation of lab certification as well as publicizing the program

September to Mid-December.

Attend a VWR/Fisher vendor show on campus.

November 2015 & February/March 2016

Preparation of assessment report, and release of report to CACS, PowerSave Campus, Office of EH&S

Mid-January to mid-February 2016.

  1. Current Accomplishments include creation of promotional table cloth design with logo and affiliates for upcoming events.  Order is pending budget/accounting questions at EH&S.
  2. Posted award details and information on website w/TGIF.
  3. Publication of flyers for posting, sharing program info and website contact with buildings and department personnel.
  4. Center for Green Chemistry to announce GLs program in monthly newsletter.
  5. Distributed flyers/posters for posting in Koshland, Barker, and Hildebrand.
  6. Contacts/outreach to Waste Management for plastics and styrofoam recycling -pending program review.
  7. Attended two VWR trade shows fall semester in Stanley Hall to gain exposure and prospective labs - five labs signed up as interested.
  8. Posted promotional materials within College of Chemistry to announce GLs program in elevators, bulletin boards and halls.
  9. Hired a third student dedicated to researching recycling lab waste, especially for plastics and styrofoam - working with CRRS and hopefully TGIF with plastic recycling projects.  Also looking for local waste upcycling/product conversion sites as new contacts/sources.  
  10. Signed up Kumar lab as third certification in January.
  • Garnering more attention from labs and follow ups from their contacts.
  • Once labs are signed up, they seem more interested in using the cash option to find a better fit for their work. The waterless column and hotplates originally being promoted by GLs is limited to some chemistry work and not necessarily biological sciences or ‘non-wet’ chemistry labs. However, certified and prospective labs have indicated they need more than $200 to really make a change in their space since this amount is quickly spent on small consumables. Therefore GLs is proposing to modify the cash award to be equivalent to the equipment giveaway costs of $900.  It is expected to help labs make a larger purchase or difference by granting them additional funding.
Timeline Progress:
  • Looking for more labs and spreading the word.
  • Project timeline is possibly a couple of months behind on signing up additional labs. Currently have 3 labs certified, but not fully awarded with ‘green equipment.’  Project's ideal goal would be to have at least 5 signed up end of January and include two labs from College of Chemistry. Project hopes to sign up at least one more lab this Spring 2016 semester.
Budget Update/Expenditures to Date:
  • Updated 3rd category of program from LED give away to $200 towards equipment proposed by lab-please review. Only impacts to budget are payroll to Hazel and Kendall, but it’s currently unknown while EH&S is working on accounting. Less than $1000 consumed here.
  • Only payroll with minimal hours were consumed during this period.  No equipment awards or funding have been used as of yet, but 3 labs are signed up and pending award selection. Remaining funding is $9,078.00.
Education and Outreach:
  • As mentioned in accomplishments.  Using a mix of media tools, flyers - both printed and digital.  Working with other groups on campus to spread the word by email.
  • Promotional Email:
    "UC Berkeley Green Labs is offering FREE equipment and cash towards new equipment purchases for certifying under their program during the 2015-2016 academic year.
    When signing up for the program, labs can get:
       -Two Findenser waterless condenser columns, or; 
       -One Kera-Disk magnetic stirrer/hot plate, or; 
       -$200.00 towards new energy saving equipment, 
    Once certified, Green Labs will then help labs buy additional equipment at 50% of cost, as follows:
       -Up to 4 waterless columns, or;
       -Up to 2 stirring/hot plates, or;
       -Up to $200.00 towards each additional new equipment purchase, limited to two items ($400 value). 

    It's estimated that the waterless condenser column can save up to 3,600 liters of water per day alone.
    Upgrading lab equipment also saves energy.

    Green certifications can help researchers stand out for grant funding.
    Contact David Scrimger at EH&S for more information and certification questions: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it."
  • New flyers created for College of Chemistry postings. Attended VWR tradeshows with previously printed table cloth and flyers/sign up sheets. Still promoting in Stanley and Li Ka-Shing Hall's electronic dashboards.
  • Campaign flyers: 

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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.