Date: Wed, 2 Sep 2009 19:19:09 -0400
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Subject: More lab sustainability resources and definition

From: Engler.Richard**At_Symbol_Here**
Subject: Re: Fw: [DCHAS-L] Environmental Sustainability in Labs?
Date: September 2, 2009 3:07:02 PM EDT (CA)

There is a database of green chemistry experiments that minimize or
eliminate the use or generation of hazardous substances in lab
experiments.  It's available at

Contact Julie Haack at U. Oregon at jhaack**At_Symbol_Here**

Richard Engler
US Environmental Protection Agency

From: gla**At_Symbol_Here**
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Environmental sustainability in labs? responses  

and resources
Date: September 2, 2009 10:07:43 AM EDT (CA)

The responses on sustainability were fabulous!  A lot of ideas to  
consider as CEI tries to come up with a clear and actionable message  
on what sustainability means to ACS - for both its members and  its  

In the meantime, everyone should do something - whatever your concept  

of sustainability may be.  We will learn and make progress, regardless!

Keep contributing ideas through the discussion sites or to me  


Thank you,
Georjean Adams
ACS Committee on Environmental Improvement
EHS Strategies, Inc.


Another standardized definition:

I found these two definitions in ISO 15392:2008(E) Sustainability in  
building construction =97 General principles.

3.20 Sustainability: state in which components of the ecosystem and  
their functions are maintained for the present and future generations  

NOTE 1 Sustainability is the goal of sustainable development (3.21)  
and can result from the application of the concept of sustainable  

NOTE 2 In building construction, it relates to how the attributes of  
the activities, products (3.17.1) (3.17.2) or services used in the  
construction work (3.7), or the use of the construction works (3.8),  
contribute to the maintenance of ecosystem components and functions  
for future generations.

NOTE 3 While the challenge of sustainability is global, the strategies  

for sustainability in building construction are local and differ in  
context and content from region to region.

NOTE 4 =93Components of the ecosystem=94 includes plants and animals, as 
well as humans and their physical environment. For humans, this  
includes a balancing of key elements of human needs: the economic,  
environmental, social and cultural conditions for societies=92 


sustainable development: development that meets the needs of the  
present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet  

their own needs NOTE 1 According to the Report of the World Commission  

on Environment and Development [18], sustainable development contains  

two key concepts: 1) the concept of =93needs=94, in particular the  
essential needs of the world's poor, to which overriding priority  
should be given; and 2) the idea of limitations imposed by the state  
of technology and social organization on the environment's ability to  

meet present and future needs.

NOTE 2 Sustainable development concerns all resources providing a  
better quality of life, equally for present and future generations.  
Sustainable development also aims to eradicate poverty and gives  
priority to the needs of the poor.

4 General

Sustainability is a state that requires that humans carry out their  
activities in a way that protects the functions of the earth=92s  
ecosystem as a whole.

NOTE According to the World Commission on Environment and Development,  

sustainability can be described as a state in which humankind is  
living within the carrying capacity of the earth.

Sustainability is the global goal of sustainable development, as  
defined by the Report of the World Commission on Environment and  
Development [18], and applied to buildings and other construction works.

Addressing sustainability in buildings and other construction works  
includes the interpretation and consideration of sustainable  
development in terms of its three primary aspects - economic,  
environmental, and social aspects - while meeting the requirements for 
technical and functional performance of the construction works.

- enabling organizations to meet their EHS vision

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