Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 86.35
Liaison Lisa Kilgore
Submission Date March 3, 2022

STARS v2.2

Cornell University
IN-19: Green Laboratory Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Ellen Sweet
Laboratory Specialist
Environmental Health & Safety
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Does the institution have or participate in a green laboratory program?:

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:

In collaboration with Environmental Health & Safety, The Cornell Green Labs Certification Program aims to assist and educate lab users in Lab Energy Conservation, Green Chemistry, Solid Waste Management, Purchasing and Community Engagement. Labs at Cornell are the most heavily used and intensive space to manage on campus. The Cornell Green Lab Certification program supports Chemical Safety and the Cornell University Climate Action Plan through the evaluation and implementation of resource conservation practices within labs.


Energy Conservation
--Turn off equipment, lights and computers when not in use. You can find signage to remind coworkers of this simple practice here. You can also reduce plug load by disconnecting unused or rarely used equipment.
--Use energy smart power strips to reduce energy consumption. Power strips can be purchased from the Cornell E-Shop. Find the best ones by selecting the 'green' flag from the search filters when browsing options.
--Use task lighting instead of overhead lighting whenever possible.
--Maintain and care for freezers. Defrost them annually and clean the coils 2-3 times a year to improve efficiency and longevity. Consolidate materials inside refrigerators and freezers and set the temperatures at appropriate levels instead of the lowest possible temperature.
--Use timers on equipment so they turn off automatically. Set computers to hibernate after 20 minutes and set biosafety cabinet UV lights to turn off after 1 hour.
--Check the Cornell Building Dashboard during energy competitions to see how your building is performing!

Water Conservation and efficiency
--Limit the production from reverse osmosis distilled water systems to only what is needed for research.
--Ensure everyone in the office knows who your Building Coordinator is and knows how to report leaks to said coordinator.
--Encourage everyone to use reusable water bottles both in and out of the lab.
Chemical use and disposal
--Maintain and review your chemical and sample inventories to prevent over-purchasing.
--Adopt Green Chemistry Practices and use them throughout the lab.
--Minimize the amount of chemicals and samples stored and use them on a first-in, first-out basis.

Materials Management
--Maintain an inventory of supplies and equipment that can be checked before placing orders.
--Make use of vendor equipment buyback programs. Most major vendors provide a program that can be accessed through their website.
==Check with STACS and CATS before buying new equipment, appliances or furniture.
--Avoid equipment that requires single-pass cooling from a central water supply.
--Set all printers to double-sided printing as the default mode and use paper that is at least 30% post-consumer recycled content in them (can be purchased from the Cornell E-Shop).
--Review proper waste management practices at a staff meeting to ensure all members of the lab are aware of the best practices available right now.
Engagement & Leadership
--Refer other labs to this program! It's the best way to proliferate Green Lab practices.
--Have at least one person in the lab become a Green Ambassador for your building or unit.
--Partner with other labs to propel each other. Share your solutions for completing checklist items with each other to optimize progress.
--If you identify a practice you think would be beneficial on the checklist, feel free to send us an email..

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