Going Green: Initiation of a Labs21 Global Survey
of Best Sustainable Practices in Laboratories
Kath Williams, Ph.D., Kath Williams
In conjunction with her Fulbright Senior Specialist grant, Dr.
Kath Williams researched examples of best practices in green laboratories
as the basis for a Labs21 Global Lab Survey. During this presentation,
Kath will detail two projects-Dr. Reddy's Laboratories in Hyderabad,
India and Johnson & Johnson's Laboratories in Sydney, Australia.
Examples of sustainable strategies and applications of Labs21 principals
in site, water, energy, materials, indoor environmental quality,
and human factors will be highlighted.
Opportunities to apply and advance sustainability and Labs21 principals,
particularly with strong corporate/administration leadership and
commitment to stewardship. Human factors determine successes, often
defined as reduced environmental impact, improved health and safety,
reduced operating costs.
Kath Williams, Ph.D., principal of Kath Williams + Associates,
Bozeman, is a frequently invited author and international speaker
on sustainability issues. Her firm supports sustainability projects
for such clients as U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Laboratories
for the 21st Century initiative, Holcim, Bechtel, National Park
Service, Xanterra, and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
Kath recently completed seven years as vice chair of the U.S. Green
Building Council. She is a LEED Faculty member and served
as the LEED Accredited Professional on the LEED Platinum Green
Business Centre, Hyderabad, India. She continues to serve on the
USGBC Board's International Task Force and as chair of LEED for
Kath has represented the United States on five USAID/US-AEP exchanges
to India, where she has keynoted four international conferences,
teaches LEED workshops and continues her work with several
industries there in collaboration with the Confederation of Indian
Industries (CII) and the Green Business Centre.
Kath was named the first Fulbright Senior Specialist in sustainability.
In the fall 2003, she was awarded a grant to Australia where she
worked with two universities and the Green Building Council of Australia
on sustainability education.
Dr. Williams was Assistant to the Vice President of Research at
Montana State University from 1996 to 1999, and held faculty positions
at Stanford, San Francisco State, and University of Dayton, where
she was tenured.
Having served for six years as project chief of Montana State University's
Green Building project, a research and teaching laboratory building,
she was responsible for a $6 million research and development grant
for sustainable technologies from the National Institute of Standards
and Technology (NIST). The successes of that project included the
development and demonstration of two energy efficient fume hoods,
an air scrubbing system for laboratory exhaust, a prototype combined
solar/thermal collector, and a Portland cement substitute.
She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Ohio University,
a masters in public affairs reporting from The Ohio State University,
and a doctorate in education from Montana State University. She
presently teaches as an adjunct faculty member at MSU's School of