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Cultivating the Test Bed: Constructing the Campus Lab

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Moderated by: Joe Higgins
Panelists:
Rachel Perlman
Kripa Varanasi
Marius Peters
Pam Greenley

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Cultivating the Test Bed: Constructing the Campus Lab

  1. 1. MIT OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY May 8, 2017 Cultivating the Test Bed: Constructing the Campus Lab Joe Higgins Director, Infrastructure Business Ops, Office of EVPT
  2. 2. MIT OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY May 8, 2017 Panel Discussion Joe Higgins (moderator) Director, Infrastructure Business Ops, Office of EVPT Rachel Perlman – Material Flow Analysis PhD student in Engineering Systems Division & MIT Office of Sustainability Fellow Kripa Varanasi – Water Savings in Cooling Towers & the Central Utilities Plant Associate Professor, MIT MECHE Marius Peters - Solar Test Bed Project Research Scientist, MIT Photovoltaics Lab Pam Greenley – Green Labs Certification Assoc Dir., MIT Office of Environment Health & Safety
  3. 3. Decreasing the Materials Footprint of a University Campus: Case Study of MIT Committee: John Fernandez, Julie Newman, Tim Gutowksy PhD Candidate and Student Fellow at MIT Office of Sustainability MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society Massachusetts Institute of Technology Presented by Rachel Perlman MIT system as a test bed
  4. 4. •Characterize the materials flow profile of the campus, revealing consumption patterns for material groups with different lifetimes •Characterize the organizational structure (including the degree of centralization) of materials purchasing and disposal decisions on campus •Identify which processes and activities have the largest environmental impact from materials consumption •Recommend institutional opportunities to increase materials sustainability via policy, logistical, or organizational changes OR materials substitutions Research project objectives
  5. 5. (among others) •Collaboration with the Office of Procurement on material goods purchases •Material Flow Analysis •Waste audits (academic buildings, dorms, dining halls) •Collaboration with Facilities on trash, recycling, and organic waste Test Bed Components of Our Work
  6. 6. MIT OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY Collaboration with Procurement • Data driven approach to reduce the materials footprint of MIT à Using MIT’s historical e-catalog purchases • Working to characterize the material- purchase profile of the university • What products does MIT consume the most of in terms of tons and dollars? • How does purchasing vary over time? • ID opportunities for increasing sustainability of purchasing
  7. 7. MIT OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY Materials Flow Analysis Material Type (Purchase) Form of Disposal MIT Activity Sector (Use)
  8. 8. MIT OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY WASTE AUDITS as multipurpose events 1. Get students actively engaged in waste as an issue on campus 2. Increase awareness of students and staff about how to source segregate properly 3. Collect data on the composition of the contents from trash and recycling bins on campus à Data useful to MITOS and operations à Data used in my dissertation and materials flow analysis Join us for our next audit: Simmons Dining Hall on May 18!
  9. 9. MIT OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY Waste audits: example of results from Koch building
  10. 10. MIT OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY • Data driven approach to reduce the materials footprint of MIT à Using Facilities’ waste data (DataHub) • Working to determine composition of waste generated on campus • What streams are we generating most of? • What processes/streams are most costly to handle? • ID opportunities for waste reduction and increasing sustainability of waste management Collaboration with Facilities’ Recycling Office on Waste
  11. 11. MIT OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY Thank you for your attention Rperlman@mit.edu
  12. 12. Kripa Varanasi Associate Professor, MIT MECHE Water Savings in Cooling Towers and the Central Utilities Plant
  13. 13. Marius Peters Research Scientist, MIT Photovoltaics Lab
  14. 14. 1990 2000 2010 2020 102 10 3 10 4 10 5 106 cumm.installation[MW] year 1 10 2014 est 0.45 $/W 2015 est. 0.39 $/W moduleprice[$/Wp ] 2016 est. 302 GW 2017 proj 368 GW 23% reduction per doubled capacity over 35 years 29% growth per year over 25 years
  15. 15. margin processing silicon
  16. 16. Green Lab Contest Making Connections Pam Greenley, Associate Director, EHS Office, greenley@mit.edu • EHS – Damon Baptista, Ryan Samz, Niamh Kelly, Pam Greenley, Alice Ursella • Facilities – Mark Mullins, Randa Ghattas • Facilities - Recycling – Ruth Davis • EHS Coordinators – Brian Smith, Jennifer Lynn, Whitney Hess • Post Doc – Lisa Anderson • My Green Lab – Allison Paradise • Office of Sustainability – Emma Corbalan • Student interns Green Labs Team
  17. 17. Mechanical Engineering – Wang Lab Chemical Engineering – Brushett Lab Biology – Imperiali Lab Chemical Engineering – Prather Lab Chemical Eng. – Hamel Teaching Lab Dept. of Material Sciences & Eng. – Schuh Lab Earth & Planetary Sciences – Summons Lab Koch Institute – Langer Lab
  18. 18. Engagement Lab Group Meetings Lab Walkthroughs Educational Seminars Educational Seminars: Plug Load Energy Management Lab Walkthroughs – Review form | Recycling
  19. 19. Changes in Action Reducing Consumables: • Provide reusable dishes in the kitchen Energy conservation measures by power metering: • Chill up ultra low temperature freezers to -70◦C • Switch off unused equipment Reduce Water Consumption: Total annual savings from contest labs: • 36,000 kwh electricity • 80,000 gallons water • 18,000 pounds GHG reduction
  20. 20. Lab Energy Assessment Center – Coming to the Lab Nearest You! Power WiFi Video Data Logging/ Processing Wireless Network Fume Hoods Overhead LightingSwitchesLab Equipment (Wall Sockets) Wemo Outlets Wemo Cameras Video
  21. 21. MIT OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY Questions & discussion

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