MIT Green Labs Contest: A Certified Success

Pamela Greenley, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, EHS
Daniel Preston, Mechanical Engineering MIT

MIT used a Green Labs contest to jump start their Green Labs Program. Results of the contest will be presented along with how the foundation it created was used to start and sustain a Green Labs Program. The Lab Energy Assessment Center was created out of the lab who won the most innovative green lab contest idea. The lab developed a kit for measuring their lab's energy use and developed software to record and report that data. MIT students were trained to use the kit and offered a service to evaluate energy use in labs on campus. The success and lessons learned by offering the service as a way to entice labs to engage in a full Green Labs Program will be presented.

Learning Objectives

  • List the conservation areas included in a comprehensive green labs program.
  • Understand the importance on energy use monitoring in the lab as a first step in reducing energy use.
  • Become familiar with the way to monitor plug load monitoring in the lab.
  • Determine if offering a service in energy use monitoring inspires a lab to do a comprehensive green lab program.


Pam Greenley is the Associate Director in the MIT EHS Office. She has been working in the area of laboratory design and HVAC energy conservation for over 20 years and has been involved in Green Lab certification for the past two years.

Dan is a PhD candidate in MIT's Department of MEchanical Engineering. Dan graduated from The University of Alabama in 2012 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. He is interested in heat transfer, fluid mechanics, energy efficiency, and sustainability. Currently, his research is focused on condensation on superhydrophobic surfaces and, more specifically, on the removal of droplets from these surfaces by the coalescence mechanism, or "jumping."


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