Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 76.00
Liaison Ciannat Howett
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

Emory University
IN-19: Green Laboratory Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Taylor Spicer
Assistant Director
Office of Sustainability Initiatives
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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:
Green Labs at Emory is a voluntary program designed to assist Emory’s research and teaching laboratories in improving the sustainability of lab operations and practices. Development of the Green Labs at Emory program began in 2013 as a collaborative effort by the University’s Office of Sustainability Initiatives, Environmental Health and Safety Office, Campus Services, and Office of Procurement. A Green Labs at Emory Pilot Program was launched in March 2014 with 14 laboratories, and a university-wide program launched in January 2016. All certified labs have to option to apply for up to $5,000 through the Green Labs Incentives Fund to implement more sustainable practices in their spaces. Green Lab checklist items include all of the items below: ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENCY AND CONSERVATION In our lab, we . . . Turn off equipment when it is not in use. Unplug lab equipment daily when it is not in use to reduce “vampire” loads. Keep cooling equipment full for maximum energy efficiency (freezers, dry ice coolers, etc.). Inventory our freezer contents to minimize the time the door is open while accessing materials. Unplug empty freezers when not in use. Defrost our freezers regularly for maximum energy efficiency. Place freezers in freezer farms. Store at −80°C only those samples that need to be at that temperature. Maintain equipment according to manufacturer instructions to optimize performance and efficiency. Use cleaning equipment only when full (dishwashers, autoclaves, etc.). Turn lights of when not in use, including task lighting. Report any water leaks in pipes or sinks to Facilities Management. Use water aspirators minimally. Lower the sash on the fume hood when not in use. Post signage encouraging energy savings throughout the laboratory. With the consent of EHSO, set the rate of air change at 8 changes per hour, versus the common 10 changes per hour. RECYCLING & WASTE REDUCTION In our lab, we. . . Make recycling bins available to the laboratory and ensure nonhazardous, clean materials are recycled. Reuse envelopes, boxes, and packaging materials whenever possible. Use rechargeable batteries when possible and participate in the battery recycling program. Replace aerosols with non-aerosol alternatives when possible. If aerosols are necessary, they are returned to EHSO for draining and recycling. Scale down experiments when possible to reduce materials used and waste produced. Redistribute unused chemicals within the building, or utilize the chemical redistribution program within EHSO. Redistribute unused supplies with other labs on campus. Recycle used film. Participate in the ice pack reuse program. Give redundant or non-used equipment to surplus for re-use by another lab or to recycle. CHEMICALS In our lab, we . . . Find alternative solutions to radioactive materials when possible. Review our chemical inventory prior to purchasing new chemicals to avoid duplication of stock. Use chemicals/reagents “first in, first out” per received dates. Utilize green chemistry methods, including computer simulations and micro-scale chemistry techniques when applicable. Substitute mercury-containing equipment with other alternatives when possible. PROCUREMENT In our lab, we. . . Share equipment whenever possible. Purchase products made from recycled materials whenever possible. Prioritize purchasing Energy Star equipment. Prioritize high-efficiency, low-flow fume hoods when purchasing new chemical fume hoods. Utilize micro-scaling or volume ordering. Procure equipment from Emory Surplus before buying new when possible. Use supplier take-back programs. ENGAGEMENT In our lab, we . . . Inform and ask lab members to agree to follow the applicable actions on this checklist. Share information about our Green Lab certification with all new employees and encourage them to get involved. Discuss sustainability and the progress of our Green Lab certification at lab meetings. Have at least one lab representative on the Office of Sustainability Initiatives e-mail list serv, and redistribute relevant information to lab members or post on a shared resource. Know who our building's Sustainability Representative is and communicate with them about any related inquiries and ideas. Promote and provide resources for alternative transportation options. Provide information about the nearest recycling containers. Have 50% of our lab staff participating in Emory's Sustainability Pledge. INNOVATION In our lab, we . . . Encourage innovative ideas from our employees regarding office-wide sustainability initiatives.

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