Wade-Martins Group achieves Silver Award for sustainable practices

The Wade-Martins Group has achieved a Laboratory Efficiency Assessment Framework (LEAF) Silver Award in recognition of its sustainable practices. This was a progression from the Bronze award they received in November 2021.

The LEAF is an accreditation scheme designed to drive efficiency improvements by helping to identify practical steps to make the laboratory more sustainable. The Wade-Martins Group identified a number of improvement areas including equipment, space use, ventilation, procurement, waste, samples and chemicals to reach the Silver level of achievement.

To attain the award for sustainable practices, the Group participated in a recent audit; this included, an assessment of their measures around waste management, as well as energy savings such as ensuring all equipment, monitors, fume hoods, lights, etc were switched off when not in use.

Professor Richard Wade-Martins said, I am delighted that the Group has achieved the Silver award. Congratulations and well done to everyone involved, especially to DPhil student, odora BertheratDr Gabriela Vilema Enriquez, and Research Manager, Dr Sarah Pearce, who led the audit on behalf of the Group.

Since April 2021, Oxford University's KAVLI Institute for Nanoscience Discovery is proudly serving as a hub for research groups from seven different departments spanning both the medical and physical sciences, including Professor Richard Wade-Martin's Group from the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics.