Lighting and power
LEAF (Laboratory Efficiency Assessment Framework) is a green lab standard designed to improve the sustainability and efficiency of laboratories. The LEAF programme is a self-assessment tool targeted at research, teaching and medical laboratories. LEAF contains actions that lab users can take to save plastics, water, energy and other resources. By taking part in the programme, laboratories reduce their carbon emissions and create an environment that supports research quality. For more information, visit LEAF.
A broad green labs resource offering green lab certifications, green challenges, knowledge, labels and grades for research product sustainability, green chemistry, and more. For more information, visit My Green Lab.
Lab Conscious is an open resource and blog for the life science community to reduce laboratory waste, use green chemistry, conserve water, and save energy. Their website includes reusable options for laboratory supplies and equipment to replace commonly used plastic, single-use items. For more information, visit Lab Conscious.
Thousands of scientists around the world compete in the free International Laboratory Freezer Challenge each year to learn how to be more energy efficient with their lab’s cold storage, improve sample accessibility, reduce risk, and save costs for their institutions. Second only to fume hoods, your lab’s cold storage (refrigerators, freezers, cold rooms) is likely the next biggest category of energy consumers in your lab space. Ready to do something about that? Visit The Freezer Challenge for more information.
Did you know that if left open, fume hoods use roughly 3.5x the energy of a house? You can save up to 60% of energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by closing the sash. Remember to close your sash each time you walk away from the hood—and remind your lab-mates to do the same! To learn more, visit Shut the Sash.