Green Lab Resources


Labconscious is an open resource for the life science community to reduce laboratory waste, use green chemistry, conserve water and save energy.


The EPA Sustainable Facilities Tool for Laboratory

This interactive tool allows users to compare sustainable strategies and materials for a variety of lab systems and spaces.


Reduce Laboratory Energy Use: US Dept of Energy Better Buildings Toolkit

This toolkit provides guidance and strategies for reducing energy consumption in laboratories.


My Green Lab

My Green Lab is a non-profit organization with a mission to build a culture of sustainability through science. Their programs help scientists to reduce the environmental impact of their work and gather data on sustainable best practices to provide the scientific basis for greening the culture of science labs.


ACT: The Environmental Impact Factor Label

The ACT label is like an eco-nutrition label for lab products, providing information about the environmental impact of manufacturing, using, and disposing of a product and its packaging.


Center for Energy Efficient Laboratories (CEEL)

CEEL works with scientists, laboratory equipment manufacturers, facility managers, and utility companies to identify opportunities for energy efficiency in laboratories. Their studies on Ultra-Low Temperature Freezers were used to establish an ENERGY STAR standard for ULT freezers.


Green Chemistry

Green chemistry is the selection of less hazardous, more sustainable chemicals, and/or the design of protocols involving chemicals that aim to reduce or eliminate the use or generation of hazardous substances.


Freezer Challenge

The International Laboratory Freezer Challenge (Freezer Challenge) is a competition designed to promote best practices in cold storage management.


WaterSense at Work: Best Management Practices for Commercial and Institutional Facilities

Section 7 of this US EPA document provides an overview of and guidance for effectively reducing the water use of water purification, vacuum pumps, steam sterilizers, glassware washers and more.


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Learn more:

CSU Green Lab program

CSU Shut the Sash campaign