Harry, In my dictionary (Merriam-Webster, abridged) it says that "sustain" means to support, to uphold, etc.--so I suppose sustainability would mean "capable of being sustained", or capable of being supported or upheld. I hope this helps. As I said with respect to Neal at the CCS meeting in Washington a few days ago, I am always happy to help you younger chemists know more about what you should have learned earlier in your career but at the time you were sleeping--or looking attractive blonds--or whatever. Jay PS: Now as to why Ralph is interested in sustaining labs is something you will have to ask him about. ******************************** ----- Original Message ----- From: "Harry J. Elston"
To: Sent: Friday, August 28, 2009 3:27 PM 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. > > Harry > > -----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 >> >>rstuart**At_Symbol_Here**uvm.edu > > > Harry J. Elston, Ph.D., CIH > Principal > Midwest Chemical Safety, LLC > www.midwestchemsafety.com > > Editor, Journal of Chemical Health & Safety > http://membership.acs.org/c/chas/ > > Nationalized health care: All the efficiency of FEMA with all > the compassion of the IRS >
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