Going Green: Lab Sustainability and Recycling
Hello from the University Labs of the New School here in NYC. We're grateful for your help and participation in our survey. In an attempt to be more sustainable ourselves in the lab, we are gathering information on the recycling and sustainability habits/programs of education and research labs around NYC, the US and beyond. Below is a list of questions that we've loosely adapted from West Michigan's Green Lab survey. Please answer all questions to the best of your ability. We're very grateful for your time and we'll share our findings with you when we're done.

-Davida Smyth & Marcus Banks

Please note: Here is a great resource to get you started in sustainability: http://www.iaruni.org/sustainability/10y-green-campus and feel free to reach out to us if you'd like more information.

smythd@newschool.edu
banksm@newschool.edu

Smyth Lab: https://www.newschool.edu/lang/faculty/davida-smyth/

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Roughly how many biology lab sections do you run each semester?
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Roughly how many chemistry lab sections do you run each semester?
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Roughly how many physics lab sections do you run each semester?
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Do you have biosafety level 2 TEACHING laboratories in your college?
Do you have biosafety level 2 RESEARCH laboratories in your college? (Hint microbiology labs are generally biosafety level 2)?
Does your lab have sustainability initiatives in place (these include energy consumption reduction plans, recycling, etc.)?
Does your department have sustainability initiatives in place (these include energy consumption reduction plans, recycling, etc.)?
Does your college have sustainability initiatives in place (these include energy consumption reduction plans, recycling, etc.)?
Are your sustainability and recycling initiatives part of training for new lab members?
Are your sustainability and recycling initiatives covered in your Chemical Hygiene Plan or any other clearly outlined plan?
Are lab recycling bins clearly labeled with detailed information about correct recycling procedures?
Does your lab have a clear recycling plan for one-time use plastics (microcentrifuge tubes, pipette tips, 10-50 ml conicals)?
Does your lab have a clear recycling plan for one-time use gloves?
Do you wash/autoclave and reuse pipette tips in your RESEARCH spaces?
Do you wash/autoclave and reuse pipette tips in your TEACHING spaces?
Do you wash/autoclave and reuse microcentrifuge tubes in your RESEARCH spaces?
Do you wash/autoclave and reuse microcentrifuge tubes in your TEACHING spaces?
Do you wash/autoclave and use glass pipettes in your RESEARCH spaces?
Do you wash/autoclave and use glass pipettes in your TEACHING spaces?
Does your lab have a decontamination protocol for recyclable glass and plastic (brown glass, plastics #1-7)?
Does your lab recycle aluminum or metal materials?
Do you know what kind of plastics your consumable (pipette tips, microcentrifuge tubes, inoculation loops) items are made from?
Have you researched consumables made from non-petroleum based plastics (PLA, PHA, etc.)?
Are you aware of any ‘ship back’ or ‘take back’ options for packing and shipping materials from vendors like Sigma-Aldrich, New England Biolabs, or any other company?
Do you participate in any ‘ship back’ or ‘take back’ programs for packing and shipping materials?
Are you aware of restrictions on recyclable materials for BSL2 labs?
Have you recycled any tip boxes, bottles, flasks, serological pipettes, or foil that were used INSIDE a biosafety cabinet and not in direct contact with your BSL2 organisms or materials?
Have you recycled tip boxes, bottles, petri dishes, flasks, serological pipettes, or foil which never came into contact BSL2 organisms or materials and were NOT used in a Biosafety cabinet?
Do you recycle uncontaminated nitrile gloves through companies like Kimberly-Clark?
Do you use a waste management company to pick up your hazardous waste?
Do you know if your hazardous waste is incinerated, recycled, or placed in a landfill after transfer to your hazardous waste management company?
Would you be more or less likely to use a company who recycled plastics produced from hazardous waste?
Do you have any suggestions for making our labs green that we haven't mentioned above?
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