Green Your Lab

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    CTRIN Lab and Pasquinelli Lab receiving certifications at the 2016 Sustainability Awards

“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

Goal

To assist labs in reducing their resource use and improving education and engagement efforts around these themes:

  • Electricity
  • Lighting
  • Cold storage and freezer management
  • Fume hoods and ventilation
  • Water
  • Inventory management
  • Recycling
  • Waste reduction
  • Hazardous waste disposal
  • Green chemistry
  • Travel
  • Field work (leave no trace)
  • Community (sharing BP’s; engaged scholarship)
  • Purchasing
  • Leveraging incentive/rebate programs
  • Utility usage reporting (transparency)
  • Autoclaves/Glass washing
  • Education (integrating Green Lab practices into UCSD classrooms)

Partner: My Green Lab

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.

UC Connection

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)

Green Lab Assessment

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 greenlabs@ucsd.edu to see if you are eligible for this dual lab/office certification.

Team Members

Member Title Department
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
Leanne Kao Intern Sustainability
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
Team Leader
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

Certified Labs

Certification Level Lab
Platinum
  • None yet
Gold
Silver
Bronze
Green

Resources

More Information

For more information, visit mygreenlab.org. If your lab is interested in participating in the Green Labs program, contact greenlabs@ucsd.edu.