Lab Efficiency Action Program (LEAP)

The Lab Efficiency Action Program (LEAP) incentivizes labs to be more efficient and sustainable while prioritizing the integrity of the research.  Labs can be awarded up to $2000 for participating!  See the informational brochure here.

Why Have a Program like LEAP at HSC?

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HSC is contributing valuable research to our community and the world, and the components of research such as equipment and supplies are extremely important.  By implementing best practices, labs can extend the life of equipment and save time and money.

Health Perspective IconLEAP encourages safer chemicals and safety best practices.  Furthermore, labs can reduce waste, save energy, and purchase more sustainable products all of which contribute to a healthier planet and healthier communities.

Labs use at least Operational Perspective Icon3-4 times more energy than office spaces and generate significant amounts of waste.  HSC can save money through behavioral changes in the labs which means more money can go towards education and research than operational expenses.

 

Steps to Certification

  1. REGISTER:  Submit the completed registration form to HSC Sustainability.
  2. ORIENTATION:  Sustainability will go over the program with your lab and answer any questions.
  3. COMPLETE ACTIONS:  Complete the actions needed to achieve your desired certification level on the LEAP form (form will be provided to you after orientation).
  4. REVIEW:  Submit the completed LEAP form.  Sustainability will verify the actions during a lab visit.
  5. CERTIFICATION:  Based on the number of actions completed, the lab will be awarded.  You will receive an award plaque and funds to spend on sustainable lab equipment and supplies.
  6. RECERTIFICATION:  Labs can recertify 1 year after their last certification and can be awarded a maximum of $3000 through the program.  Contact HSC Sustainability for full details.

Certification Levels

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LEAP Certified Labs

UNT System College of Pharmacy

Pharmaceutical Analysis Core Lab

Donna Coyle (Lab Manager) LEAP Prime Gold Awarded $1500 in 2017
Berg Lab Rance Berg, Ph.D. LEAP Prime Gold Awarded $1500 in 2017
Biomarker Core Sid O’Bryant, Ph.D. LEAP Prime Platinum Awarded $3000 in 2017
Clark, et. al. Glaucoma Lab Abbot Clark, Ph.D. LEAP Prime Platinum Awarded $3000 in 2017
Jin Lab Kunlin Jin, Ph.D LEAP Prime Platinum Awarded $3000 in 2017
Schreihofer Lab Derek A. Schreihofer, Ph.D. LEAP Prime Platinum Awarded $3000 in 2017
Biomarker Core Sid O’Bryant, Ph.D. LEAP Prime Platinum Recertification Awarded $1000 in 2019
Lipoprotein Drug Delivery Research Lab Andras Lacko, Ph.D. LEAP Prime Gold Awarded $1500 in 2019
Su Lab Dong-Ming Su, Ph.D. LEAP Prime Gold Awarded $1500 in 2019
Huang Lab Renqi Huang, Ph.D. LEAP Prime Gold Awarded $1500 in 2019
Schreihofer Lab Derek A. Schreihofer, Ph.D. LEAP Prime Platinum Recertification Awarded $1000 in 2019
Hodge Lab Lisa Hodge, Ph.D. LEAP Prime Silver Awarded $750 in 2019
Kastellorizios Lab Michail Kastellorizios, Ph.D. LEAP Prime Platinum Awarded $3000 in 2019
Emmitte Lab Kyle Emmitte, Ph.D. LEAP Prime Gold Awarded $1500 in 2019
Genomics Core Lab Nicole Hales, Ph.D. LEAP Prime Platinum Awarded $3000 in 2021
Yang Lab Shaohua Yang, Ph.D. LEAP Prime Platinum Awarded $3000 in 2021
Yan Lab Liang-Jun Yan, Ph.D. LEAP Bronze Awarded $250 in 2022
Center for Human Identification Research & Development LEAP Gold Awarded in 2022
UNT System College of Pharmacy Pharmaceutical Analysis Core Lab Donna Coyle, Lab Manager LEAP Gold Recertification Awarded $1000 in 2022
Emmitte Lab Kyle Emmitte, Ph.D. LEAP Platinum Recertification Awarded $1500 in 2022

Freezer Resources

  • Freezer Defrost Kit – Cleaning a freezer?  We have a kit available which includes a mop and bucket, gloves, ice scraper/brush, coolers, and plastic containers.  Contact HSC Sustainability to use the kit.
  •  Freezer Available for Defrosting – The Office of Sustainability has a freezer located in the corridor between EAD and RES on the 3rd floor to help with freezer maintenance.  This freezer can be set between -20 to -80.  If you would like to use this freezer, complete this form to request it.
  • Financial Assistance for Efficiency Upgrade – Since 2016, we have offered financial assistance (between $1000 to $3000) to upgrade to more energy efficient freezers.  THIS PROGRAM IS CURRENTLY ON HOLD. 
  • Freezer Monitoring – Facilities Management has sponsored the establishment of a campus-wide freezer monitoring system.  We will be adding more monitors (free of charge to the labs) at the beginning of 2022.  However, labs can add to the system at any time.  Contact us to learn more.