St. Patty’s Day is still a month away, but the Environment, Health and Safety Office (EHS) is already thinking green by sponsoring a Green Labs Contest. It’s meant to encourage resource conservation and reduce costs in MIT’s labs.
The deadline for registering is March 1, so please let your labs know about this contest today!
How the contest works
When labs register for the contest, they are asked to submit ideas for how they would make their lab a greener place to conduct research or teach. The contest considers all areas of resource conservation, including energy use, water use, hazardous material use, and waste reduction.
In April, based on this input, EHS will offer five labs $1000 in seed money to start their green lab makeover.
In November, EHS will ask contestants to submit assessment forms. It will then award two $5000 prizes, one for the lab that’s conserved the most resources and one for the lab that’s developed the most innovative methods for going green.
EHS has looked into green lab initiatives at other universities. By working with the contest winners, it hopes to determine what a green labs certification program at MIT might look like.
The Green Labs Contest is sponsored by EHS, with support from Campus Construction, The Office of Sustainability, Recycling, the Department of Chemical Engineering, the Koch Institute, and MIT.nano.