First Research Lab at UCC to receive Bronze LEAF Award for Sustainable Lab Practice

5 Sep 2022
Mr David Woods (left) being presented with the Bronze LEAF Award on behalf of the Reen lab. Also receiving a Bronze LEAF Award for teaching lab in the School of Chemistry is Dr Francis Harrington (right) School of Chemistry. Image: Oliver Cunningham (Buildings Office, UCC)

Dr F. Jerry Reen’s research lab in the School of Microbiology, BioSciences Institute has recently been presented with the Bronze LEAF Award for their efforts in developing sustainable practices within the lab environment.

Initiated and led by Mr David Woods, a Senior Researcher in Dr Reen’s lab, the Laboratory Efficiency Assessment Framework (LEAF) scheme was organised by Mr Pat Mehigan and the GreenLab Team at UCC. In a practical sense, the LEAF is designed to deliver a structured path for improvements in laboratory efficiency and energy conservation, making the lab and its environment more sustainable. David is now taking up a role as Technical Officer in the School of Microbiology at UCC, where his expertise in sustainable lab practice will continue to be of significant benefit.

We would encourage anyone interested in participating in the LEAF scheme to contact the GreenLab Team at UCC. It made a significant difference to our energy conservation efforts in the lab and we can already see the carbon and financial savings arising from improvements made under this scheme” Mr David Woods

School of Microbiology

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Microbiology Office, Room FSB452, 4th Floor Food Science & Technology Building, University College Cork, Cork T12 Y337