Don't Make Me Talk to Scientists! Effective Outreach Strategies to Reduce Energy and Water in Labs

June 22, 2016
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Eastern Daylight Time


Effective outreach can be a powerful tool for reducing the environmental impact of laboratories. Communicating energy and water conservation strategies requires considering the interests of scientists, energy managers, and other facility personnel to tailor outreach activities for the intended audience.

My Green Lab launched a market assessment to understand stakeholder attitudes about energy efficiency and identify potential opportunities for energy efficiency in labs. Drawing on data gathered from this market assessment, green lab certifications, and existing green labs programs, My Green Lab will outline opportunities for all stakeholders to engage scientists in energy and water reduction strategies.

After viewing this presentation, attendees will:

  • Learn where the interests of scientists, energy managers, facility managers, architects, designers, sustainability managers, and environmental health and safety personnel intersect.
  • Learn the strategies of highly effective outreach programs.
  • Learn how to effectively communicate conservation strategies to labs.
  • Learn what the potential impacts and savings are from outreach activities.


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Professional Development Hours and Continuing Education Credits

Webinar attendees and those who view the recording can earn one Professional Development Hour (PDH) for professional engineers or one Learning Unit (LU) from the American Institute of Architects for registered architects.

Contact I2SL after the webinar if you would like to receive a credit for your participation.

Instructor Biography

Allison Paradise co-founded My Green Lab to bridge the pervasive, inexplicable gap between sustainability and science. Combining a long-held passion for environmental stewardship, a belief in the power of collective action, and the knowledge afforded by her experiences as a scientist, Allison maintains a unique appreciation of the vast potential to make research methods more sustainable. Motivated by that opportunity, Allison works to unite scientists, vendors, institutional executives, and entire organizations in bringing innovative and engaging sustainability programs directly to laboratories. Also under her leadership, My Green Lab has established widely-used standards for sustainable laboratory practices, and is currently guiding an effort to dramatically improve precision in the analysis of laboratory energy consumption.

As a scientist, Allison's research focused on using a systems approach to stud complex biological processes. She subsequently applied systems thinking to address a variety of complexities in the lab, including sustainability. She holds undergraduate degrees in neuroscience and Spanish literature from Brown University and a graduate degree in neuroscience from Harvard University. She is a 2015 recipient of the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories' Go Beyond Award, and is frequently engaged to speak on topics related to sustainability in research.


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