UBC’s Green Labs Program minimizes the environmental impact of UBC’s research footprint by promoting innovative solutions that reduce energy and water use, and solid and hazardous waste. In 2015, the Green Labs Program engaged hundreds of researchers through the delivery of quarterly events, educational tours and training opportunities, and through the Green Labs Fund, which supports sustainability initiatives in labs.
In 2015, UBC partnered with BC Hydro to conduct an energy conservation pilot study on ultra-low temperature (ULT) freezers, which each consume as much energy as a single family home. With approximately one thousand freezers across campus, freezers alone account for up to six per cent of total campus
The Sustainability Coordinator program in Labs now has 39 volunteer Coordinators who promote sustainable practices in research labs across campus.
LAB ENERGY CHALLENGE
112 researchers from 18 teams across 11 buildings competed in the inaugural 2016 Lab Energy Challenge, a fun competition for researchers to tune up their labs and conserve energy.
Over the month long competition, lab teams worked together to complete as many energy conservation activities as possible, with a focus on freezer management and lab equipment. After a tight race, the winners were lab teams from the Centre for Comparative Medicine, Microbiology & Immunology/ Zoology, Wood Science, and the Centre for Blood Research. The competition was held in partnership with BC Hydro’s Workplace Conservation Awareness Program.