Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.89
Liaison Julie Newman
Submission Date Oct. 23, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
IN-9: Green Laboratories

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 MIT Office of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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 green laboratory program, including the specific initiatives selected above:

The goal of the Green Labs initiative is to reduce wastefulness of energy and resources in MIT labs and to promote innovative ways to manage resources in the most efficient way. We work closely with the research community to identify and inform researchers of safe and sustainable practices. These efforts are aimed at helping MIT reach the 32% Green House Gas (GHG) reduction goals the Institution has set by 2030.

Other recent initiatives of the Green Labs Program included promoting 12 Principals of Green Chemistry through MIT labs; facilitating reuse of solvent rinse water and initiating a clean glove recycling program. In a pilot program in 2016, the Department of Chemical Engineering and MIT Green Labs participants collected over 400 pounds of lab gloves in six months, from about 30 researchers in 10 labs. The Green Labs and Glove Recycling Pilot secured a grant from the Campus Sustainability Incubator Fund at MIT to perform life cycle analysis on glove recycling to determine if glove recycling yields a net environmental benefit. Read more here: https://sustainability.mit.edu/campus-sustainability-incubator-fund

Certification Program:

A three-level certification program is available to all MIT labs.

Benchmarking Program:

A rigorous lab benchmarking program is available to all MIT labs.

Take the Green Labs Training course in the ATLAS learning center, and encourage your labmates to do the same! How to be a Green Lab at MIT available to all MIT community members.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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