SP0041: Shut your Sash

Status: COMPLETED Summer 2011

A pilot campaign that aims to promote awareness about energy consumption in McGill laboratories and reduce it by implementing sustainable fume hood usage/practices.

Fume hoods are enclosed workstations that are used in laboratory research to ensure the safety of the laboratory personnel. Hoods protect users from breathing hazardous chemicals by capturing and exhausting dangerous gases produced during chemical reactions. This exhaust is managed by ensuring a constant air flow through a moving window (sash) in front of the hood and blowing the air outside of the building.

The campaign promoted energy-conservation by shutting the fume-hood sashes during periods of inactivity. This campaign consisted of three phases: 1) communication; 2) distribution of educational material; and 3) monitoring of sash height, including an inter-lab competition.

The campaign was run as a contest among labs, with a "Free Pizza Lunch" as the prize.

For further information conerning this project, or to get in touch with its members, please contact the krista.houser [at] mcgill.ca (SPF Administration Team).

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