Lab Sustainability

Lab sustainability is a vital concern at Triumvirate Environmental—as the intersection of sustainability, environmental stewardship, and safety has never been more clear. Within the biotech industry, labs set the standard for scientific discovery and innovation—and as such, have the opportunity to lead this sustainability push and prove that protecting the environment is possible without sacrificing operations or research integrity. In a world that is continually, increasingly demanding sustainability from organizations, Triumvirate Environmental is here to help labs across the country reach their sustainability goals. Contact us today to learn more.

Partnership with My Green Lab

As a leader in this space, Triumvirate Environmental is proud to announce that we are a My Green Lab Accelerator Partner, the exclusive US-based provider of environmental, health, and safety (EHS) services. Through this partnership we are able to offer crucial lab sustainability support for our clients, helping them reach their environmental goals.

My Green Lab, a non-profit dedicated to improving the sustainability of scientific research, ushers in real change for global research labs by developing realistic recommendations and goals for lab spaces, helping to oversee implementation of sustainability initiatives within these spaces, and offering recognition in the form of certifications for those labs that meet these goals. Triumvirate Environmental is glad to support this goal to help boost environmental sustainability and contribute to lower operating costs, two ideals that are crucial to us. With a supportive and capable EHS partner like Triumvirate Environmental, these goals can be easily realized. 

Unsure of How—or Why—to Improve Your Lab Sustainability?

Triumvirate Environmental can help with all of your lab sustainability needs, while bridging the gap between bench science and environmental sustainability. We offer onsite EHS sustainability support and the ability to partner as a sustainable service provider—enabling your facility to become more sustainable, safer, and increasingly attractive to the market for ultimate product support. 

Having Triumvirate Environmental sustainability-accredited experts on site gives you a leg up—helping you make more sustainable choices and analyze the ways you can improve the overall sustainability of your lab. We bring in the change managers, fully trained and Accredited Professional (AP) certified, whom you need to support the motivated group of individuals at your site. 

How Can We Help Support Your My Green Lab Certification?

Triumvirate Environmental is poised to help you achieve your sustainability goals—including a My Green Lab certification. We offer: 

  1. Waste Management: Our dedicated team will perform a waste audit, analyze your waste streams, and determine the most sustainable option for each waste that is generated. We also have extensive knowledge of upstream waste management, meaning we can help you prevent waste before it's even generated. Have green procurement goals? Our influence and connections, and deep industry knowledge help us enable sustainable procurement and supply chain sourcing. 

  2. Trained, Accredited Team: An Accredited Professional will lead your consulting team, ensuring you have the best information and minds on the case. This AP will be supported by our fully trained and dedicated support staff, who can implement changes, generate ideas, and track goal progress both on site or externally. 

  3. Access to Best Practices: Our vast experience means we have seen it all—what works and what doesn't—so we will be able to provide you with best practices for success. We will also be able to analyze your specific processes and determine what works best for your facility—not just what blanket works overall. 

  4. Sustainable Committee Management: If desired, our knowledgeable team members will integrate themselves into your current or new sustainability committee—providing an outside perspective and focusing on results. 

  5. Assistance Preparing Sustainability Reports: If you are interested in generating or required to track environmental data, such as greenhouse gas emissions, energy use and costs, waste generation, water usage, or others, our team can help track this data—and generate reports as needed for compliance and accountability. 

  6. Process Changes: With full on-site and off-site support, we can help think of, implement, and maintain process changes so you never lose research integrity or operational time.

  7. Machine Decontamination and Maintenance: By ensuring your crucial lab machines, like biosafety cabinets and fume hoods, are in top working order, we can enable energy efficiency while simultaneously enabling lower operational costs and smoother operations. 

These are just a few examples of the ways that we can help you achieve your lab sustainability goals. The plan will vary between organizations, facilities, and even individual labs; contact us today if you are ready to start your lab sustainability journey. 

Quick Wins

To help kickstart your lab sustainability journey, check out some ideas you can start implementing:

  1. Waste Recycling, Reuse, and Diversion: Look into what waste your lab generates and analyze the recyclability of this waste. For all waste that can't be recycled, consider ways that you can get the same job done with a more sustainable product option.

  2. Energy Timers: Energy timers on high-power-draw devices can help make sure that equipment isn't using energy when not needed—but is ready to work when you are. Even the most simple yet overlooked things, like light switches, can be controlled via timers, making sure lab lights are only on when necessary. 

  3. "Warming Up" Freezers: By simply raising the temperature of your freezers from -80 to -70 degrees Fahrenheit, you can save energy in the lab—without compromising research integrity. 

  4. Install Aerators: Aerators on your faucets will not affect the flow rate, but will result in less water being used during rinses and washes in the lab. 

  5. Green Chemistry and Management: Choose greener alternatives to common lab chemicals to improve sustainability at the source, and incorporate state-of-the-art chemical inventory management software into your operations to eliminate overordering and subsequent disposal of expired chemicals. Both of these options will not affect research integrity, but will help keep the planet and the lab safer. 

Ready to Get Started?

Contact Triumvirate Environmental to learn more about how you can reach your lab sustainability goals. Fill out the form below and our team will connect with you.

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