Teaching and research laboratories at UC Berkeley are key to our mission. Labs consume more energy, water, and additional resources than other campus buildings, in part due to energy-intensive equipment and space ventilation. In fact, labs are estimated to use over 40% of the total campus electricity demand. Of this, “plug-ins” (like freezers, autoclaves, incubators, etc.) can require as much as 50% of the building energy use. However, there are multiple strategies and best practices that reduce resource use while maintaining mission and research excellence. Visit labs21century.gov for even more ideas.

COLD STORAGE

FUME HOODS

LIGHTING

STANDBY POWER

PURCHASING

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