Green Your Lab
“Green Labs” is the primary term used for programs that help laboratories reduce their footprints without compromising research quality or safety. This team-based approach focuses on minimizing the use of energy, water, and materials while improving efficiency.
UC San Diego’s Green Labs program was formed in 2013 and its efforts engage laboratory faculty, staff and students in performing assessments, reducing waste and improving recycling, replacing inefficient equipment and transitioning to best practices.
The Green Labs team meets monthly and meetings are open to everyone.
When: Second Wednesday at 9 a.m.
Where: BRFII 2A03
To assist labs in reducing their resource use and improving education and engagement efforts around these themes:
- Cold storage and freezer management
- Fume hoods and ventilation
- Inventory management
- Waste reduction
- Hazardous waste disposal
- Green chemistry
- Field work (leave no trace)
- Community (sharing BP’s; engaged scholarship)
- Leveraging incentive/rebate programs
- Utility usage reporting (transparency)
- Autoclaves/Glass washing
- Education (integrating Green Lab practices into UCSD classrooms)
My Green Lab (501c(3) in Los Gatos, CA) seeks to bring green technology and practices to institutions, companies, and scientific laboratories to achieve a safe, healthy, and environmentally and economically sustainable workspace. My Green Lab worked with UC Davis, UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Cruz, and UC San Francisco to develop a Green Lab Assessment Tool, which delineates the key components of a safe, sustainable laboratory.
All UC campuses have, or are developing, Green Lab Certification programs to incentivize and reward researchers who adopt more sustainable lab practices. Through energy use audits, equipment replacement, and implementation of operational best practices, these certification programs can achieve significant energy savings.
UC Riverside received UC Global Climate Leadership Initiative funding to initiate a cost feasibility study for expanding Green Lab certifications on all UC campuses. UC San Diego will be submitting lab assessment and other data when requested.
Lab Pilot Project
UC San Diego began collaborating with My Green Lab in 2013. The following labs are currently pilot testing the Green Lab Assessment Tool:
- Golden (Dr. Jim and Dr. Susan Golden), AP&M Annex 4711, 4721 & 4731
- Su, Bonner Hall 4401
- Lykke-Andersen, Bonner Hall 3221 (asked)
- Pasquinelli, Bonner Hall 4105 (asked)
- Bloodgood (asked)
The Green Lab assessment tool was designed to reward you and your lab for the safe, sustainable lab practices you have already implemented and to encourage you to explore new ways to reduce your lab’s environmental impact. The assessment tool is the FIRST STEP in getting your lab Green Labs Certified.
We also offer the Green Lab/Green Office combined assessment tool that certifies your lab and associated office space. Contact email@example.com to see if you are eligible for this dual lab/office certification.
|Scott Asbach||Assistant Safety Officer||Division of Biological Sciences|
|Jordan Blondelle||Post Doctoral Research Fellow||Medicine|
|Jennifer Bowser||Sustainability Program Coordinator||Sustainability|
|Sam Bunarjo||Student Intern||Sustainability|
|Erika Daley||Outreach Coordinator||My Green Lab|
|Erin Daniels||Lab Manager||Division of Biological Sciences|
|John Dilliott||Associate Director, Energy & Utility Services||Facilities Managment, Energy|
|Debbie Durand||Vivarium Safety Officer||Office of Animal Research|
|Antony Esquer||Senior Buyer||Integrated Procure-to-Pay Solutions|
|Valerie Fanning||Environmental Compliance Officer||Environmental Health & Safety|
|Stephen George||Safety Officer||Chemistry & Biochemistry|
|Robert Hafen||Superintendent||Facilities Managment, Landscaping & Waste|
|Julie Hampel||Environmental Affairs Division Manager||Environmental Health & Safety|
|Gisella Higgins||Director of IPPS Logistics||IPPS Logistics|
|Robbie Jacob||Receiving & Distribution Supervisor||Material Suppport Services|
|Jonathan Joyce||Research Assistance Program Supervisor||Environmental Health & Safety|
|Will Landry||Student Intern||Sustainability|
|Laura Layman||Ph.D. Student||Pathology|
|Andrew Le||Regulatory Compliance Analyst||Environmental Health & Safety|
|Anna Levitt||Energy Director||UC San Diego Health, Facilities Engineering|
|Allyson Long||Scripps Safety Coordinator||Environmental Health & Safety|
|Sara McKinstry||Sustainability Manager||Sustainability|
|Scott Miller||Waste Diversion Manager||Facilitiies Management, Waste|
|Daniel Neesen||HazMat Senior Technician||Environmental Health & Safety|
|Brandon Nguyen||Student Intern||Facilities Management, Energy|
|Ian Nicastro||Lab Manager||Division of Biological Sciences|
|Mark Ortiz||Corporate Social Responsibility Manager||Integrated Procure-to-Pay Solutions|
|Allison Paradise||Executive Director
|My Green Lab|
|Michelle Perez||Associate Energy Director||Facilities Management|
|Dan Ronquillo||Interim Director||Core Bio Services/Lab Support Services|
|Lance Scott||Research Safety Manager||Environmental Health & Safety|
|Ken Shafer||Principal Facilities Manager||School of Medicine|
|Anthony Singleton||Chief Small Business Officer||Integrated Procure-to-Pay Solutions|
|Jennifer Stowe||Laboratory Manager||Bioengineering|
|Gayle Ta||Assistant Director||Integrated Procure-to-Pay Solutions|
|Brian Wardell||Life Sciences Buyer||Integrated Procure-to-Pay Solutions|
|Dave Weil||Director of Campus Carbon Neutrality Program||Sustainability|