Current lighting in a growth chamber. Lights are on about 18hours/day.
University of Washington
Marine Sciences Building
October 2012
Ongoing

As we all know, reducing our consumption of water and electricity plays a key role in the effort to improve lab sustainability. Our group decided to focus on energy and water use on one floor of the Marine Sciences Building. Our first goal is to investigate the possibility of replacing current growth chamber lights with an LED alternative. Our study will provide information that can be used by campus organizations (i.e. Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability Office, individual labs, etc.) to evaluate the viability of using LED growth lights in their own facilities. The second goal of this project is to install sink aerators throughout one floor of the Marine Sciences Building and monitor the reduction of water usage in the facility. Installing sink aerators is one of the simplest ways to effectively reduce water consumption. We plan to follow up on our project once we find out whether funds will be allocated to our project later in the year.

Fun Facts: 
Sink aerators can reduce water consumption by up to 50%.
Project Contact Name: 
Kate Stevenson
kates17@uw.edu