emerald energy 2013 results

Emerald Energy Program

The Emerald Energy program is a more sustainable practice compared to the conventional biohazardous waste and treatment process. The Emerald Energy waste is taken to an incineration facility where the heat produced from the waste is converted into electrical energy. We have diverted over 2,000 lbs of waste from the landfill and generated over 11,500 kilowatts of electrical energy last year with the program. We would like to increase our diversion of waste from the landfill, increase our energy output, while supporting CSUSM vision of a sustainable environment. Additionally, it will reduce cost for the campus department and for Risk Management & Safety when disposing of the waste.

The Emerald Energy Program is specific to managing BSL-1 Biological Waste generated in the laboratories. In order to join this program, the laboratory must consult with Risk Management & Safety before the program can be implemented. Depending on the operations and biological agents being used with in the laboratory will determine whether or not the laboratory is eligible to join the program.

Besides receiving approval from Risk Management & Safety, the laboratory has to change a few lab practices and  some signage. All approved Emerald Energy laboratories must have a red disposal bin with the required signage on top of the lid. The trash bags used in the bins must be 1.5ml clear and double bagged.

The program is designed to take classified BSL-1 Biological Waste and manage it in a more sustainable way. This is accomplished by incinerating the BSL-1 waste, which the facility converts the heat energy from burning the waste into electrical energy. This electrical energy is then added to the power grid.   This program also diverts waste from entering the landfill, reduces cost, and supports CSUSM’s vision of a sustainable environment.