Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2009 17:06:26 -0500
Reply-To: Judy Morgan <JMorgan**At_Symbol_Here**ESCLABSCIENCES.COM>
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From: Judy Morgan <JMorgan**At_Symbol_Here**ESCLABSCIENCES.COM>
Subject: Re: Environmental sustainability in labs?
Comments: To: "Harry J. Elston"
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We are a large commercial lab who is in the process of implementing ISO
14001.  Part of this effort is environmental sustainability, with an
emphasis on "green" chemistry.  For us environmental sustainability is
the application or implementation of processes or procedures that allow
for improving or protecting the ecosystem.  This type of "green"
thinking has enabled us to reduce or replace chemicals that otherwise
have to be treated or disposed of via haz waste.  The idea of
sustainability is, in my opinion, a revamp of "reduce, reuse and
recycle".  It just implies a more formal approach with deeper thinking
into long term impact as related to the overall ecosystem.


Judy Morgan, MS, REM
VP, Director of Technical & Regulatory Affairs
Environmental Science Corporation 
12065 Lebanon Rd |Mt. Juliet, TN 37122
Office 615-773-9657| Mobile 615-347-5418
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wisdom to listen" -- Oliver Wendell Holmes


-----Original Message-----
From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**] On Behalf Of
Harry J. Elston
Sent: Friday, August 28, 2009 2:27 PM
To: DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Environmental sustainability in labs?

This might turn out to be an interesting discussion, but can someone
please CONCISELY DEFINE what sustainability really means?  It's a nice
word and all, but I think we're on the brink of "feel-good" EH&S.


-----Original Message-----
>From: Ralph Stuart 
>Sent: Aug 28, 2009 8:14 AM
>To: DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU
>Subject: [DCHAS-L] Environmental sustainability in labs?
>I am helping to organize two conference presentations on sustainability

>in laboratories, a local one at UVM in October, the other at the ACS 
>national meeting next spring. I have some ideas about what to include 
>in the discussion, but would appreciate any ideas, or even better, web 
>links to specific lab sustainability programs and projects that you're 
>aware of. I was able to attend the Labs-21 conference last September, 
>so I'm familiar with that resource, but I'm sure there are others out 
>there that will be of interest.
>Thanks for any help with this.
>- Ralph
>Ralph Stuart, CIH
>Environmental Safety Manager
>University of Vermont
>Environmental Safety Facility
>667 Spear St. Burlington, VT  05405

Harry J. Elston, Ph.D., CIH
Midwest Chemical Safety, LLC

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