Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 88.13
Liaison Tonie Miyamoto
Submission Date Nov. 7, 2022

STARS v2.2

Colorado State University
IN-19: Green Laboratory Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Stacey Baumgarn
Campus Energy Coordinator
Facilities
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Does the institution have or participate in a green laboratory program?:
Yes

Does the institution’s green laboratory program address the following?:
Yes or No
Energy conservation and efficiency, e.g., fume hood ("shut the sash") and freezer maintenance programs Yes
Water conservation and efficiency Yes
Chemical use and disposal Yes
Materials management, e.g., green purchasing guidelines and recycling and reuse programs Yes
Training for lab users on sustainable practices Yes

A brief description of the institution's green laboratory program:

The Colorado State University (CSU) Green Labs Program was initiated in 2015 through the inaugural program of an ultra-low temperature freezer incentive. This incentive, created by CSU Facilities Management encouraged and supported energy efficiency and resource conservation in cold storage. To date, over 100 PI’s have collaborated through this ULT incentive program. Further, since 2017, more than 30 CSU lab’s have participated in the International Laboratory Freezer Challenge.

CSU Green Labs, in collaboration with the CSU Research Safety Culture Program launched a ‘Shut the Sash’ campaign in 2019 – providing labs with a site visit for safety and energy efficiency while installing Shut the Sash reminder stickers on lab fume hoods. This campaign remains ongoing.

CSU has been actively engaged with the non-profit organizations I2SL and My Green Lab – utilizing their programs and platforms to promote and advance sustainability best practices in laboratory spaces. More than 50 individuals at CSU have earned their My Green Lab Ambassador Certificate – and are carrying the word of lab sustainability to their colleagues in the lab. And, between FY20-FY22 more than 12 CSU labs have started (or completed) the My Green Lab Certification – several being certified at the highest level ‘Green’ through this robust third-party platform – which analyzes 12 areas of sustainability including: energy, water, waste, procurement, and behavior among others. Another 12+ CSU labs are beginning the certification process at the time of this writing. Labs are supported in their journey to certification by the CSU Green Labs Program.

CSU Green Labs continues to advance sustainability in the lab through the development of Green Lab Training Modules – a series of infographics highlighting key opportunities for labs to understand and adopt laboratory sustainability best-practices. And, CSU Green Labs, in addition to the six existing programs is currently developing a peer-to-peer outreach effort within the CSU laboratory community.


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