Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.20
Liaison Julie Newman
Submission Date Sept. 30, 2021

STARS v2.2

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
IN-19: Green Laboratory Program

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 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:

MIT's Safe & Sustainable Labs Program works to combat climate change and wasted energy on a basic, behavior, and education-driven level. By informing researchers of the simple changes they can make in their daily lab life, the program ensures that all MIT scientists are helping to reach the institution's greenhouse gas and other sustainability-related goals.

The Safe & Sustainable Labs Program provides information, guidance on best practices, and links to additional resources across the following areas: purchasing; fume hoods; electrical appliances; chemicals; cold storage; water; autoclaves; and recycling.

There is also a training module, accessible to the MIT community, that provides recommendations and techniques to researchers and staff working in labs that can be applied to conserve energy and resources.

Finally, the program provides a process for individual labs to become certified.

For more information about the Safe & Sustainable Labs Program, see: https://ehs.mit.edu/safe-sustainable-labs/.

For more information about lab certification, see: https://ehs.mit.edu/sustainable-lab-certification/.

Website URL where information about the green laboratory program is available:
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