Green Gown Awards 2015 Sustainability Professional Award - Martin Farley - Winner

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S-Lab Project Coordinator, King’s College London

Martin Farley has helped pioneer innovative projects in a largely untapped area of sustainability - laboratories. To accomplish this he has lead on studies which will benefit academic research as well as the entire sector worldwide, particularly his long-term cold storage study.

Having surveyed researchers from across the world for input on the study, he has already helped convince researchers to raise the temperature of hundreds of ULT freezers and saved hundreds of tonnes of CO2 in the process. His studies will change the way storage is managed in research, and will lead hundreds of thousands of tonnes CO2e not emitted (savings will continue with research).

Martin has also helped develop a new scheme to recycle helium, published on freezer dynamics and potential energy saving devices and introduced sustainability inductions/exit-policies to thousands of researchers.

Top 3 learnings

1 There are procedural assumptions which surround us not only in science, which when challenged, can yield incredible savings and efficiencies

2 The complications of science don’t mean it’s immune to simple solutions to save energy

3 People want to support change, a little bit of knowledge goes a long way to empowering people to make sustainable decisions on their own.