Green Labs and Green Offices programs promote sustainability through certification

 
                                                                                                                                                                Photo Credit: Simon Fraser University

 

Simon Fraser University has committed to reduce energy use on campus not only through upgrades and technological changes, but also by encouraging energy conservation among students, staff and faculty. Prism has been supporting SFU's efforts through the BC Hydro Energy Wise Network Program, which draws on the power of employee engagement to save energy and establish a culture of conservation on campus.

 

"The Green Labs and Office program empowers staff, faculty and students to think critically about their space and how to reduce its environmental impact. In the participating buildings, we have seen an overall decrease in energy use, of which the behavioural savings has been a significant part."

--Landon Hoyt, SFU's Community Engagement Coordinator (past)

The Campaign

Prism has been supporting SFU's efforts since 2013 in creating and coordinating two programs to reduce the environmental impact of both offices and labs space on campus.  

The Green Labs Certification Program encourages lab managers and users to make minor changes in lab practices saving money and reducing their carbon footprint. Participating labs receive support and acknowledgement for positive contributions to SFU’s sustainability, through the completion of a list of requirements specified by the certification program.

The Green Office Program recognizes the efforts of staff and faculty to “green” their daily activities through a certification.  Participating offices receive acknowledgement for positive contributions of SFU’s sustainability by completing a set list of requirements specified by the certification program.

The Green Labs and Green Offices programs were expanded in 2013/14 to include all science labs and more office areas. Buy in and consultation with the Environmental Health and Research Safety Department was a key part of expanding the program, as well as reaching out to the SFU's Sustainability Ambassadors team.Certified lab and office members were invited to a celebratory lunch in December where they were recognized by the University President and administration.

Prism worked with SFU to create the following promotional materials to encourage labs and offices to participate:

  • Program re-branding
  • A launch event in February with materials and follow up
  • Promotional cards
  • Fume hood stickers
  • Social media  promotions

The Results

SFU hosted very successful launch events which included almost all labs at the school, and resulted in new lab and new office registrations. As of April 2015, there were:

  • 11 certified offices, and 15 registered to be certified
  • 8 certified labs, and 4 registered to be certified

The Green Office and Labs programs have received an Environmental Star award in the green choices category from the City of Burnaby.

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