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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 59.95
Liaison Tim Albertson
Submission Date Dec. 14, 2017
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STARS v2.1

North Seattle College
IN-9: Green Laboratories

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Tim Albertson
Sustainability Coordinator
Student Development Services
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Does the institution’s green laboratory program address the following?:
Yes or No
Energy conservation and efficiency, e.g. fume hood ("shut the sash") and freezer maintenance programs Yes
Water conservation and efficiency No
Chemical use and disposal Yes
Materials management, e.g. green purchasing guidelines and recycling and reuse programs Yes
Training for lab users on sustainable practices No

A brief description of the green laboratory program, including the specific initiatives selected above:

1. Energy: Signage on all hoods instruct people to keep the sash down when not in use. Freezer fins are cleaned out annually.
2. Water: Sinks are only left running to generate vacuum when necessary.
3. Chemical use and disposal: We dispose of all hazardous waste through a state contracted vendor on an annual basis. Many of the labs have gone to microscale or are shifting toward more benign chemicals.
4. Materials management: Where possible we reuse chemicals/supplies for labs. We recycle the recyclable material through campus recycling. Fresh dissection specimens are diverted to compost instead of garbage.
5. Currently, we do not have training for lab users on sustainable practices that would extend beyond the 4 bullets just mentioned. However, new employee orientation covers the breadth of sustainability on campus, so anything more specific to a department may happen informally or be catered towards that department's specific needs (e.g., laboratory).


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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