Resources for sustainable laboratory design and practices
Wondering about lab waste disposal is often the first step toward making other green laboratory improvements in energy use, water conservation and avoiding any unnecessary use of toxins. Thinking about what is possible in your own lab? You just become "labconscious"!
Online Tools for Green Labs
iGEM Goes Green Go Green Guide This first version includes recommendations for sustainable scientific lab work and a carbon footprint calculator.
EPA Waste Reduction Model (WARM) tool Input your waste material type, or the recommended proxy, to calculate and totals GHG emissions of baseline and alternative waste management practices—source reduction, recycling, anaerobic digestion, combustion, composting and landfilling.
Rheaply - Online platform to buy, sell, trade, donate, and rent resources within your organization and connected networks. Originally launched at Northwestern University to share labs resources. "Research - cheaply"
Warp it Reuse Network Find, give away, or loan office furniture, equipment and other unused resources within your own organisation and beyond. (U.K., E.U., USA, AU & NZ)
Support for Sustainable Laboratory Practices
Smart Labs Program U.S. DOE Better Buildings working with partners to reduce energy use in labs by at least 20% over 10 years.
Greening the Supply Chain Initiative by Practice Green Health. Resources and materials designed to educate, inform and generally assist those entities involved in greening the supply chain in the health care sector.
AASHE Campus Sustainability Hub (i.e. supportive studies, grant funding, etc)
Egnation : Sustainable European Laboratories
NESSE network connecting early career sustainable scientists and engineers
NIUB (Germany) supports companies in the life sciences, biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors to become more sustainable.
Green Lab Associates (United Kingdom) Audit-based assessments and consulting for research laboratories
My Green Lab - A non-profit that promotes green practices and environmentally-friendly, sustainable technology in research laboratories by developing standards, overseeing their implementation, and inspiring the many behavioral changes that are needed throughout the scientific community.
Greener U: Engineering Campus Sustainability Collaborates with universities to integrate custom building system improvements with behavioral programs.
Sustainable Laboratory Design Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG) program by the National Institute of Building Sciences
Articles about Green Lab Work