Rethinking Green

Volume 5 Issue 3 | April 2010

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Cover Story

Rethinking Green

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While the green movement is receiving less attention now than it has in recent years, it was able to take root with regulators who have become less tolerant of practices found to harm the environment. Many lab managers believe that adjusting their processes now may be more economically efficient and less disruptive to their work than racing to meet regulatory deadlines in the future.

Sections

Leadership and Staffing

Work-Life Balance

What can managers do to prevent or reduce the impact of work-life imbalance on themselves and their staff? Answers include physical fitness, recreation, distraction from the job, involvement in charitable activities, and doing things that are not connected with work.

Laboratory Technology

Energy Times Two

If your laboratory has its own dedicated power plant or is part of an industrial facility, you may be able to drastically reduce the amount of energy you purchase while reducing your labs carbon footprint.

Weighing Uncertainty

The main question in selecting a balance is whether it will meet the measurement uncertainty budget for the process under investigation.

Lab Design and Furnishings

Greener Windows

Film-based, multicavity insulating glass offers superior insulating performance, reduces noise and increases occupant comfort more effectively than low-e glass alone.

Lab Construction & Renovation: A Manager's Point of View

When it comes to lab design, construction or renovation, there will be problems. Accept that, and be prepared to be flexible and cooperative in finding solutions that do not compromise safety, budget, scheduling and quality.

Product Focus

Product Focus: Mills and Grinders

Mills and grinders are used to prepare samples (of minerals, plants, food, drugs, pigments, and forensic materials, for example) through particle size reduction (comminution).

Product Focus

Product Focus: PCR Reagents

Today, PCR is used routinely in dozens of approved medical tests in diagnostic labs and physician offices, and by millions of scientists worldwide.

Ask the Expert

How to Choose the Right PCR Reagents

Dr. Gregory Shipley, director of the Quantitative Genomics Core Laboratory at The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, discusses how he goes about evaluating and investing in new technologies and reagents.

Lab Health and Safety

Know Your Flow!

The basic design principles and proper operation of your chemical fume hood.

Lab Product

Business Management

Energy Retrofit

A laboratory energy retrofit process begins with an energy audit in which all aspects of a buildings energy usage are examined in order to identify opportunities for savings.

Leadership and Staffing

Research-Specific Labs

Laboratory Technology

How it Works

Purchasing Guides