The electricity required to keep a computer running 24 hours a day and seven days a week can cost up to $600 per year. Add to that the electricity consumption of lighting, fume hoods, and other lab equipment, and a research lab quickly becomes very energy-intensive and expensive. Fortunately, a few simple behaviors can greatly reduce a lab’s energy consumption, which can take a slice out of its carbon footprint, not to mention the University’s utility bills.
The Neitzel lab recently learned about cutting energy consumption, proper recycling procedures, chemical disposal, and more as part of the process to become a “Sustainable Lab” under the Office of Campus Sustainability Sustainable Lab Recognition Program. Dr. Sudhakar Reddy, the program’s coordinator, presented the award at our lab meeting last Friday.
To learn more about the program and take steps to get your lab certified, contact Dr. Sudhakar Reddy at 763-4615 (email@example.com). If you’re not part of a lab (or even if you are), and still want to learn what you can do for the planet, check out UM’s Planet Blue Ambassador Certification Program. The program consists of five educational modules that teach and encourage sustainable behaviors, and aim to foster a culture of sustainability on campus.
Dr. Rick Neitzel recently gave an interview to the Michigan Daily about a recent study he authored in Environmental Health Perspectives. One surprising finding: most people were voluntarily “driving their own exposure” by listening to music with headphones.
Kansas City Chiefs fans at Arrowhead Stadium just topped the standing Guinness World Book of Records for the loudest stadium crowd at 137.5 decibels. The New York Times describes the health risks of this excessive noise exposure.
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Dr. Rick Neitzel was interviewed on NPR recently about the dangers of living in a noisy society. Hearing loss isn’t the only danger- noise can contribute to heart disease, hypertension, sleep disturbances and learning problems in children.
The University of Michigan Risk Science Center showcased our recently funded project, “Noise Job Exposure Matrix for the U.S. and Canada” on their blog. The write-up featured comments from Dr. Rick Neitzel, who noted:
“In both the US and Canada there is a lack of standardized and comprehensive information on the level of noise exposure associated with particular occupations. As part of this project we will estimate noise levels for thousands of different jobs and industries, ranging from carpenters to truck drivers to firefighters… No such tool currently exists and by making the noise JEM freely available to the whole research community, we hope to increase our ability to assess risks of auditory and non-auditory health effects of noise in an efficient and standardized manner.”