Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2009 22:18:25 -0500
Reply-To: Harry Elston <helston**At_Symbol_Here**FGI.NET>
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From: Harry Elston <helston**At_Symbol_Here**FGI.NET>
Subject: Re: Environmental sustainability in labs?- Friday Hilarity Ensues
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Perhaps I have crossed over to curmudgeon land, but I am finding the
responses that I have received both on-list and off list absolutely
hilarious.  Editing and removing names to protect the guilty:

1.  "It means not letting science interfere with the environmental dogma"
2.  "You're starting to sound like Jay Young."  (I'm not sure if that is
compliment or not)
3.  "We spend more to produce less and are happy about it."
4.  At least three "For us it means..."  (Elston interpretation:  That means
it's opinion rather than an accepted definition)

and the winner thus far has been folks pointing me to:

5.  "The ACS policy statement is..." (...a 3-page PDF that is neither
precise in its language nor concisely written as a good "mission statement"
might be.)

I have passed this on to my youngest homeschooled daughter as an exercise in
critical thinking.

Can the concept be distilled to 2 sentences maximum?

Have a great weekend!


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Ralph Stuart
Sent: Friday, August 28, 2009 7:14 AM
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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


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