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1 Green Lab Certification Program

2 What is a Green Lab Certification? An award for labs as leaders in campus sustainability A program used to: Provide resources to promote sustainable practices in offices Encourage collaboration amongst offices and labs on campus 10–25 points points points >75 points

3 Public recognition for staff and faculty engagement: –Personal lab and office assessments –Pinpoint energy & waste reduction opportunities –Awards for all certified labs and offices First Certified Green Lab Bovay Laboratory Complex Why should your lab participate?

4 Think Big, Live Green Green Lab Certification Steps 1.Designate a Lab contact or Green Ambassador to facilitate the Green Lab certification process. 2. Register your lab. 3. Use the Green Lab Resource Guides to complete your Green Lab Application. 4. Schedule your Green Lab visit. 5. Get your certification!

5 Think Big, Live Green 2. Complete the Green Office Checklist Focus Areas: Chemicals Waste Energy Conservation Research Innovation

6 Team up with another lab to complete the certification Focus on what you are already doing FIRST Tackle one focus area at a time Skills for Achieving your Certification

7 Chemistry which has environmental applications (often published in ACS Environmental Sciences and Technology) Research which incorporates the 12 principles of Green Chemistry or Green Engineering (often published in the ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering) Activities which reduce the environmental footprint of laboratories themselves (discussed at Labs-21 conferences) Three Styles of “Green Chemistry”

8 GC theory was developed by Warner and Anastas in the 1990’s as a way to prevent pollution. Picked up by EPA and ACS and promoted through awards, grants and conferences. Includes educational outreach to high school and college educators as well as researchers (beyondbenign.org). Sustainable Labs & Green Chemistry

9 Green Chemistry and Engineering Green Engineering framework has similar principles  Prevent generation of waste.  Reduce energy consumption, minimize excess.  Material and energy inputs should be renewable rather than depleting.

10 – Conserve electricity to reduce heat generated by lab equipment; Minimize ventilation needed to maintain temperature set points and control chemicals; Reduce hazardous chemicals used in the lab; Manage cold storage well Sustainable Labs: Equipment and Chemical Management

11 Sustainable Labs- Social Media Cornell Lab Safety ACS Division of Chemical Health Laboratory

12 Green Your Office Thursday, October 17 th 12:00pm – 1:00pm 310 Rhodes Hall SWAP It Out! Thursday, October 24 th 12:00 – 2:00pm Duffield Atrium Upcoming Events

13 Erin Moore Energy Outreach Coordinator Facilities Services – Energy & Sustainability Ellen Sweet Lab Ventilation Specialist Environmental Health & Safety – Chemical Safety Contact Information


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