Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2009 11:11:36 -0400
Reply-To: "Dr. Jay A. Young" <chemsafety**At_Symbol_Here**VERIZON.NET>
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From: "Dr. Jay A. Young" <chemsafety**At_Symbol_Here**VERIZON.NET>
Subject: Re: Environmental sustainability in labs?
Comments: To: "Harry J. Elston"


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.


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" 
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
> Harry J. Elston, Ph.D., CIH
> Principal
> Midwest Chemical Safety, LLC
> Editor, Journal of Chemical Health & Safety
> Nationalized health care:  All the efficiency of FEMA with all
> the compassion of the IRS

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