Lab Efficiency Action Program (LEAP)

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The Lab Efficiency Action Program or LEAP is an incentive program encouraging labs at HSC to be more sustainable through efficiency, conservation, safety and collaboration.  Labs can be awarded up to $3000 for participating!  See the informational brochure here.

Why Was LEAP Created?

This program was created to promote laboratory best practices, conserve resources, save both research and university dollars and involve labs in sustainability efforts on campus. The main reasons include:

  • Labs are energy intense and estimated to use 3 to 4 times more energy than office space (source).  By saving energy, we save university dollars and reduce our environmental impact.
  • Labs generate ongoing large amounts of waste.  This program asks, “How can we reduce waste generated by our labs?”
  • Green lab programs are a trend in higher education because of the potential for energy and money savings as well as their ability to get the campus community involved in sustainability efforts.  Our program actually awards funds based on level of certification.

dsc_0022How Does LEAP Work?

LEAP is a voluntary program that any lab can participate in by choosing one of two tracks based on level of commitment and type of lab.  Labs are provided with a checklist of credits from 6 different categories such as energy efficiency and waste reduction.  Some actions the lab may do already while others it may be challenged to change behaviors, purchasing decisions, etc.  Tally up the points and get certified in 1 of 4 levels.  Based on the earned certification, labs are awarded between $100 to $3000!  We completed the pilot phase in summer 2016 with 4 labs on campus:  Jin Lab, Budowle Lab, Human Movement Performance Lab, and UNT System College of Pharmacy Pharmaceutical Analysis Core Lab.

Steps to Certification:

  1. Registration:  Submit the completed registration form to the Office of Sustainability.
  2. Orientation:  Schedule an orientation with the Office of Sustainability.  We’ll walk you through the process and answer questions.
  3. Complete the Program:  Determine which points from the checklist the lab wants to pursue and complete the requirements.
  4. Submit Checklist:  Turn in checklist and supplemental information.
  5. Certification Audit:  The Office of Sustainability will audit the lab using your complete application and supplemental information.
  6. Certification:  Based on your score, the lab will be awarded LEAP Certification and be awarded appropriate funds*.

*The budget for this program is provided through the Sustainable Campus Fee (formerly Environmental Service Fee) which is managed by the Office of Sustainability with the purpose of promoting more environmental stewardship on campus.

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  • Save research dollars!  By maintaining your equipment properly, you can extend the life of your equipment.
  • Get up to $3000 for your lab.  There are few restrictions on how the money can be spent.
  • Foster a safer work environment for staff and students.  This program emphasizes safety and efficiency.
  • Share and learn best practices.  Don’t reinvent the wheel.  Learn what others are doing to make their labs more efficient.

Resources for Labs Whether They Participate in LEAP or Not

Whether a lab participates in LEAP or not, there are resources available for labs on campus.  They include:

  • Freezer Defrost Kit – Cleaning a freezer?  We have a kit available for labs which includes a mop and bucket, towels, gloves, ice scraper/brush, coolers, and plastic containers.  Contact Office of Sustainability to use the kit.
  • Ultra-Low Temperature (ULT) Freezer Available for Defrosting – If you need somewhere to put your samples for an ULT freezer clean-out, complete this form to request the freezer.
  • Financial Assistance for Efficiency Upgrade – Financial assistance is available (between $1000 to $3000) for energy efficient upgrades of freezers. Click here to learn more and complete the form for assistance.

Congratulations to the Following 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
Dr. Hodge Lab Lisa Hodge, Ph.D. LEAP Prime Silver Awarded $750 in 2019
Dr. Kastellorizios Lab Michail Kastellorizios, Ph.D. LEAP Prime Platinum Awarded $3000 in 2019
Dr. Emmitte Lab Kyle Emmitte, Ph.D. LEAP Prime Gold Awarded $1500 in 2019

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This page was last modified on May 21, 2020