Energy Saving Using Behavior Change and Recycling Program at University of California, Riverside

Delphine Faugeroux, University of California, Riverside

Every University of California campus has resources intensive laboratories that are essential to their research mission. The Green Labs program works to engage students, faculty, and staff in identifying operational, equipment, and behavior changes that can substantially reduce energy, but also water, and waste in existing labs. This presentation will be focusing on both energy use and waste recycling.

Recycling in labs is often the first and easier step in the door to start a conversation about sustainability. Often no addressed in the campus recycling program, UCR has been piloting a lab recycling program for 2 years, collecting mix recycling and Styrofoam from labs only. The results of many waste audits and extrapolation to a campus size program will be presented.

Additionally, because of their high energy use, labs contribute significantly to campus GHG emissions and also offer important saving opportunities. In 2015, UC Riverside started an Energy Baseline Study to measure the total energetic consumption by one laboratory and then identify and quantify energy saving after implementation of the program.

Two approaches will be presented:

  • Behavior change impact on global energy use: plug load and lighting in one Chemistry lab
  • Equipment focused energy use: individual meters installed at the plug load level in one Life Science Lab

Learning Objectives

  • How much plug load energy one lab really use
  • How much saving can be expected with behaviour change
  • How to engage scientist toward energy consumption
  • What percentage of waste is really recyclable in a lab


As the Green Lab Coordinator for the Office of Sustainability at UCR, Delphine is responsible for the feasibility study, implementation and development of the Green Lab Program. She conducts and monitors energy efficiency, water conservation and waste diversion projects to improve safety and promote sustainable operations in all campus laboratories. She serves as the liaison between researchers, PIs, EH&S staff, Physical Plant staff, Campus Planning, Architects & Engineers and the Office of Sustainability. Delphine also develops new requirements and enhance existing requirements for the Green Lab Certification, track metrics and prepare specific and program-wide reports on Green Labs Initiatives. Prior to joining UC Riverside, Mrs. Faugeroux worked for 2 years in several international laboratories. Delphine holds an Associate Degree in Chemistry, and a Master Degree in Environmental Engineering from AgroParisTech, France.


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