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Lab sustainability project shortlisted for national award

Allison Hunter, Deputy Resource Manager, School of Biomedical Sciences, has been shortlisted for a sustainability award in the category of Laboratory Environmental Improvement, by S-Lab (Safe, Successful and Sustainable Laboratories). 

Miss Hunter has been shortlisted for her work to improve cold storage electricity consumption within the School. This has been achieved by fitting energy-saving devices and increasing freezer temperatures from -80°C to -70°C. These devices have been fitted in cold rooms, ice machines, fridges and freezers across several locations on Guy’s and Waterloo campuses. These measures are projected to save £25,000 in electricity bills per annum.

This project forms part of a wider initiative to identify further energy savings that could be made across King’s. The energy-saving devices were purchased with funding from Salix which was organised by King’s Sustainability Team, led by Kat Thorne.

Miss Hunter will present her project findings at the upcoming S-Lab conference to be held at King’s on 2 and 3 September 2014. The winners of the awards will be announced at the conference. 

S-Lab aims to create more sustainable laboratories, and to raise sustainability awareness amongst lab-using staff and students. It is a project of the Higher Education Environmental Performance Improvement (HEEPI) which is now based at the Institute of Science and Technology. It is mainly financed by the four UK higher education funding bodies.

National Cold Storage Survey

All lab-based staff and students at King’s are invited to complete the national cold storage study survey, being conducted by the sustainability team at the University of Edinburgh. The survey aims to help laboratories and the environment by providing evidence that temperature settings in ULT freezers can be safely increased. They are comparing long term storage samples at -60°C, -70°C and -80°C from August 2014. Participants will receive a ‘goody bag’.