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Michigan Green Labs Webinar

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Hosted by the DEQ in partnership with the University of Michigan and the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum

March 31, 2016
1:00 – 2:00 PM

The Michigan Green Labs Webinar will cover a successful green labs program at the University of Michigan and examine an initiative to take the University of Michigan model and expand it to business orientated labs. This webinar is geared toward lab professionals, facilities managers, green team leaders, academics, process improvement professionals, and sustainability professionals.

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Speakers:

Sudhakar G. Reddy, Office of Campus Sustainability, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Lab operations at the University of Michigan, like many other institutions, consume nearly two-thirds of total energy, providing rich opportunities in saving energy and reducing waste generation.  A unique program has been developed by our office to promote and practice sustainable operations in a more standardized way in our labs.  The program evaluates specific areas of green chemistry, waste reduction, energy and utilities, green computing, green purchasing, reuse and recycle and treatment and disposal.  The state of Michigan has adapted this program and introduced it to other institutions and organizations.  To date, we have engaged 150 labs in this unique program and results are encouraging.  Specific examples on product substitution, energy conservation, recycling and reuse, along with the benefits of the program will be presented.

Daniel Schoonmaker, Director, West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum

The West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum is working to bring the tactics and strategies developed by University of Michigan and the Michigan Green Labs Initiative (MGLI) to the private sector and local schools and governments.  The West Michigan Green Labs pilot was an effort to increase adoption of MGLI protocols within organizations with existing sustainability efforts, reconcile the tools with those available from the International Institute of Sustainable Laboratories, and test the feasibility of the “Certified‐Green Lab” as a marketing and publicity claim that could incentive future adoption.  Learn about benefits and challenges encountered by participating organizations and lessons for the program moving forward.