As a center at the forefront of alternative energy research, PARC encourages its members to incorporate environmentally-friendly and energy-conscious practices into their labs, offices, and events. Please view this proposal by Alumna Dr. Erica Wunderlich-Majumder (Blankenship lab), outlining some ideas for reduced waste and energy consumption that can easily be adopted by our research groups.
The PARC Ultrafast Laser Facility and the Photobioreactor & Mass Spectrometer Facilities have joined the Green Labs Initiative at Washington University. Currently, the program is being piloted in the laboratories in Brauer Hall, but we encourage all PARC labs at Washington University to read more about the initiative at greenlabs.wustl.edu and to express interest in participating to the Washington University Office of Sustainability. The Green Labs webpage has a resources section with Best Practices and Green Chemicals documents that any PARC research group could pull ideas from.
PARC’s administrative staff participates in the Green Offices Program at WUSTL. This program is centered around making environmentally-conscious decisions in the office environment, and we encourage PARC research groups at WUSTL to visit the website to read more about the program and consider registering your office. Non-WUSTL groups cannot register, but you can still visit the webpage and complete the downloadable spreadsheet to see how green your group is and to learn about practices you can initiate to make your office space greener.
Thank you, Erica, for challenging our center to make more environmentally responsible choices!