Engagement Strategies to Achieve Laboratory Resource Conservation

Hannah Land, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver Campus

As a research intensive university, lab resource conservation initiatives are key to meeting the University of British Columbia's ambitious sustainability targets. This presentation will share engagement approaches implemented by UBC Green Labs to reach our large and diverse research community in support of energy conservation. Through examples, it will make a case for audience tailored ground up engagement, and top down approaches that bring key stakeholders across the University together to facilitate process changes, building system optimisations and occupant behaviour change. This combined approach achieves tangible resource conservation while contributing to a wider culture of sustainability on our campus.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the importance & potential of audience tailored engagement in the research context
  • Learn the value of champion networks & how to support audience led action to amplify program impact
  • Identify synergies between lab safety and energy conservation
  • Learn how to bring operational departments together to achieve resource conservation, operational efficiency & laboratory safety


Hannah manages the Green Labs Program at the University of British Columbia. She is responsible for program strategic planning, implementation, evaluation and business casing. Her focus is on energy and water conservation, but she also supports waste diversion and sustainable purchasing initiatives. Hannah brings researchers and operational departments (Risk Management Services, Campus and Community Planning, Building Operations and Energy and Water Services) together to advance laboratory sustainability. Prior to joining UBC, Hannah worked in science education, and as a research technician at the Salk Institute. She hold a Master's degree in Sustainability from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona and a Bachelor's degree in Biology from Bryn Mawr College.


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