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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.

Meetings

Meetings are held the second Wednesday of the month from 9–10 a.m. in BRFII 5A03.

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 is fundamentally and permanently improving the sustainability of scientific research. A California 501(c)(3) nonprofit, they were formed to unify and lead scientists, vendors, designers, energy providers, and others in a common drive toward a world in which all research reflects the highest standards of social and environmental responsibility. Run “for scientists, by scientists,” they leverage their credibility and track record to develop standards, oversee their implementation, and inspire the many behavioral changes that are needed throughout the scientific community.

My Green Lab developed the Green Lab Assessment Tool, which is currently used in UC San Diego’s Green Labs Certification Program, in partnership with UC Davis, UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Cruz, and UC San Francisco. This assessment delineates the key components of a safe, sustainable laboratory and encourages implementation of best practices.

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.

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

Green Lab Certification

Do you turn off the lights when you leave for the day, print double-sided and have your computer set to “sleep” instead of displaying a screen saver? If so, you’re already on your way to becoming a certified lab! The assessment survey recognizes the good practices you have in place already and allows us to provide simple suggestions to help your laboratory become a safer, more sustainable workplace.

Certified labs are recognized at UC San Diego's annual Sustainability Awards ceremony. This formal certification can be added to grant applications to leverage your lab's commitment to sustainability. And, we have additional certification incentives.

Schedule a 15-minute appointment at your lab to discuss the Green Labs Certification process. Questions? Email greenlabs@ucsd.edu.

 

Certified Labs

Certification Level Lab
Platinum
Gold
Silver
Bronze
Green

Resources

Laboratory Recycling Signage

Recycling Programs for Lab Materials (e.g., pipette tip boxes, Styrofoam containers, etc.):

Lab Products and Equipment

  • Green Seal green lab products
  • Ethidium Bromide Alternatives
  • UC San Diego Core Bio Services offers high-quality biotech products and services at competitive prices for the campus research community and the San Diego biotech community.
  • UC San Diego Surplus Sales serves as an outlet to reutilize, liquidate, recycle and dispose of excess university property. Campus department buyers and the public are welcome to view surplus property from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. weekdays at the warehouse located at 7835 Trade St. San Diego, CA. 92121 behind Ste. 100 (Northeast corner of the building). Surplus Sales also offers recycling services to campus departments for metal, electronics, CRT LCD monitors and refrigeration equipment.
  • Dayton outlet timer

Other Resources

Discounts and Offers

Thermo Fisher Scientific

To promote a university-wide green effort and Thermo Fisher Scientific’s goal to be carbon neutral by 2020, all labs these incredible promotions through Dec. 31, 2018.  

  • Bundle two or more pieces of greener lab equipment and save. Two items gets an additional 2% off, three=3%, up to an additional 10% off.Details (PDF)
  • Get exclusive UC pricing on Thermo Scientific TSX ultra-low freezers. Price includes 5-year bumper-to-bumper coverage on the 12-year warranty. In addition, get a second rack free for each rack purchased up to freezer’s capacity. Details (PDF)
  • Labs certified and recertified by Dec. 31, 2018 are eligible to receive 40% off a one-time quote/purchase of over 1,200 Thermo Fisher greener products (excludes capital equipment and custom products). Price quote valid for 30 days upon date of issue — unlimited quantities with quote. For details, email greenlabs@ucsd.edu.

ULT Freezer Rebate

The freezer subsidy program offers university labs a chance to save money and become more energy efficient. If you have a freezer that you need replaced or you are about to purchase a new one, we encourage your lab to purchase an energy-efficient freezer.

If your lab decides to purchase an ENERGY STAR® rated model, Facilities Management will offer a $1,600 rebate to help offset the cost. To find an ENERGY STAR® rated model, visit ENERGY STAR ULT (-80C) Freezers. The new freezer must be an upright freezer with less than 30 cubic feet capacity. See details (PDF).

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More Information

For more information, contact greenlabs@ucsd.edu.