March for Science
22 April 2017
SCIENCE, NOT SILENCE
iGEM goes green
We spent a lot of time investigating options and possibilities for planting trees, getting familiar with CO2 compensation as well as looking for collaboration partners and support. We got in contact with some experts in the field of sustainability and exchanged views with the existing community in order to learn how to track our green house gas (GHG) emissions, how to reduce them and how to share our results with the world:
Founder of plant values, a business consultancy for sustainable company development
Stephan Schöps and Dr. Ines Herr
Dept. Environmental Management/ Environmental Coordination of the TU Dresden
Editor and blogger of Labconscious, an open resource website for scientists in green lab initiatives
Dr. Kerstin Hermuth-Kleinschmidt
Founder of NIUB-Nachhaltigkeitsberatung - sustainability consulting for companies in life sciences with a focus on sustainable lab work
Dr.-Ing. Annina Gritzki
Member of the interdisciplinary CAMPER project of TU Dresden, a project to analyze energy consumptions on campus and find ways to increase energy efficiency
While searching for ways to monitor our energy consumption of lab devices, we got in contact with Annina Gritzki, who seemed to be the best contact person regarding this topic. She lent us amperemeter plugs and we directly started checking the energy consumption of centrifuge and other devices. With an app, the consumption over time was monitorable which was extremely helpful for our Calculation Tool and to get an idea of our energy consumption. Furthermore, Ms Gritzki, having knowledge from similar experiments in (non-biological) labs, revised our calculator tool and gave useful suggestions for improvement.
Dr. Ulrich Pietzarka
A foundation that aims at the world-wide preservation of unique wilderness areas for future generations
We cooperated with Wilderness International an environmental foundation located in Dresden to compensate for our GHG emissions. For this purpose, we donated the prize money we won in a photo contest hosted by New England Biolabs. These EUR 500 will guarantee a long-term nature conservation of another 640 m2 temperate rainforest in Canada that is endangered by the wood and mining industry. According to Wilderness International every square meter compensates for 104,79 kg CO2, so with our donation we compensate for more than 67 tons of CO2. Furthermore, they offered us to convert The iGEM Goes Green GHG Emissions Calculator into an online tool and publish it on their homepage.
See how all the feedback and expert talks have influenced our project design on our Integrated Human Practices page.
Long Night of Sciences
16 June 2017
To spread the word about synthetic biology and our project EncaBcillus, one of our team members went to her former school, the Rudolf-Hildebrand-Schule in Markkleeberg (a town close to Leipzig). Here she presented the concept of synthetic biology and introduced our project idea to senior year students participating in the course of Biotechnology. After the presentation, there was time for an additional question and answer session to enable an exchange of ideas and further discussion about the topic.
Articles on our team, our project and iGEM goes green have been published in various newspapers, newsletters and blogs:
- Bakterien im Käfig - article in German about us in the local newspaper Sächsische Zeitung (printed on 29/10/2017)
- Article on our work in the "Universitätsjournal" - the TU Dresden's newspaper (in German)
- Article on our team and our sustainability endeavours in the TU Dresden newslettter on Work Safety, Health and the Environment (in German)
- Blog Post about us and iGEM goes green on Labconscious - during our stay in Boston we gave an interview which will be published there as well.
- We were features in several newsletters at TU Dresden e.g. at the Computer Science institute (in German)
- Our sponsor Eurofins published an articel and an interview about us and our sponsor BMG Labtech featured us in an article about iGEM teams they were supporting