15. F-B5c, Sustainable laboratories

Description of the action

As stated in the project to set up the Spanish Network for Sustainable Laboratories (Maite Foundation), sustainable culture must lead to a new way of perceiving, rationalizing and managing laboratories. That is why the CEI-PM wishes to establish a set of criteria and recommendations about environmental, security and management issues in laboratories that can favour a sustainable renovation of them.

In fact, within the Strategic Plan defined for the 2208-2013 period, UdG already proposes (Field 5: organization and management of resources; paragraph 25: consolidating the UdG campuses by improving infrastructures and equipment in order to guarantee a good development of university life) “to improve the quality of life in campuses and the functional suitability of facilities and university equipment”, as well as “to watch over the observance of the sustainability criteria in new infrastructures and adapt the existing ones to them. Put special emphasis in the energy efficiency improvement, water consumption, waste management, and mobility and accessibility in the campuses and its buildings”.  As for UIB, back in 1997 the University Senate expressed its commitment to sustainability in the Environmental Code of Conduct so as to, among other things, favour safe and healthy working conditions; minimize and optimize management and use of energy, other resources with special emphasis on water; animals for experimentation, and chemical and radioactive products, by adopting measures to avoid risks for public and ecosystem health, and to make the university community aware about inherent risks of research.

It is proposed to assess the degree of sustainability of laboratories in the UdG Science Faculty, located in two buildings; the ones of the UdG Research Technical Services (including the teams of Chemical and Thermal Analysis, Molecular Biology, Microscopy and Statistics Advice), as well as the laboratories in four buildings of the UIB campus: Mateu Orfila i Rotger (Physics and Chemistry), Guillem Colom (Biology), Anselm Turmeda (Polytechnic College) and the  Science and Technical Service–Research Institutes as a single unit. In all these buildings one can find the greatest concentration of laboratories working in the CEI-PM strategic lines, Water, Environmental Sustainability, and Physics, Computing and Applications, both regarding the number of employees and absolute numbers, and considering the total constructed area of each building. That is why assessing the degree of sustainability of its laboratories would help drawing conclusions that would have a significant impact on the buildings and on the University as a whole.

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