Lab Microscope Retrofits

Project Leads: Grace Vasiknanonte, Michael Liu

Sponsor: PowerSave Campus

TGIF Grant: $25,200

Project Theme: Energy Efficiency & Conservation

Project Location: Molecular Imaging Center

2014 Application Submission

Status: In Progress

Project Description: This project aims to alleviate a large part of the inefficiencies in research-grade microscopes powered by metal halide lamps by replacing them with thermally stable and efficient Light Emitting Diode (LED) lamps.


  1. Retrofit microscopes in the Molecular Imaging Center from inefficient and environmentally-hazardous light lamps to energy efficient and long-term use LED lamps.
  2. Establish metrics for the microscopes' energy savings by recording time and duration of microscope usage.
  3. Encourage behavioral change to conserve energy through outreach and awareness media.
  4. Increase awareness of metal halide lamp alternatives to other microscope centers and laboratories on the UC Berkeley campus.
  5. Encourage other research units to adopt similar energy-saving initiatives independent of the initial TGIF grant.
  6. Find time to measure actual power draw from equipment to calculate metrics.


  • Microscope lamps purchased and installed

Mission Statement

The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) provides funding for projects that reduce UC Berkeley's negative impact on the environment and make UC Berkeley more sustainable. TGIF will allocate funds to projects that promote sustainable modes of transportation, increase energy and water efficiency, restore habitat, promote environmental and food justice, and reduce the amount of waste created by UC Berkeley. Portions of the fund also support education and behavior change initiatives, student aid (via return to aid), and internships. TGIF is supported by student fees and administered through a student-majority committee and a program coordinator.