Augustana Miquelon Lake Research Station
Augustana Miquelon Lake Research Station is a state-of-the-art facility run by the faculty at Augustana Campus. The site is perfect for a variety of research, fieldwork, and teaching opportunities, as well as professional development and community events.
Sustainability is integral to the site and its operations. The research station is located within a provincial park, surrounded by wildlife, wetlands and boreal forest. The station is fully equipped for overnight or long-term visits. Guests have access to beds, washrooms, a kitchen, a washer and dryer, a dishwasher, and wifi. For work purposes, there is a meeting room, an office, a wet lab, and research equipment.
Glen Hvenegaard, director of the research station, encourages instructors, researchers and community members to consider ways that they could use the site and to contact him with inquiries.
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A short interview with Glen Hvenegaard, director of Augustana Miquelon Lake Research Station
Why did you apply for the model green labs project?
The Green Labs program is a great way to enhance sustainability practices at our research station and to encourage other labs to do the same. Our station opened just a year ago, so this was a good chance to develop some new programming, to reach out to new groups that might use the space, and to enhance efficiency of resource use around the station.
What are the top three sustainable features in this lab?
We’re working on solar panels through the Envision program. We’ve got a high-efficiency hot water tank, fridge, and dishwasher. We’ve got a water retention system, so we collect water from the roofs and use it for watering. And we’ve got a great recycling program.
Do you have advice for people who want to make their labs more sustainable?
Start small. Improve little by little. Use a variety of resources.
But think big.
This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
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Why Green Labs?
Research activities are resource intensive compared to the needs of traditional classrooms. At the University of Alberta, buildings with labs currently use 43 per cent more energy than others. Some of this impact can be mitigated by greening the university's labs.
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