Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 76.63
Liaison Karen Oberer
Submission Date Dec. 11, 2020

STARS v2.2

McGill University
IN-19: Green Laboratory Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Karen Oberer
Sustainability Officer
McGill Office of Sustainability
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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:

The Green Labs Initiative was created to address the environmental impact of scientific research within the McGill Neurological Institute ('the Neuro'), and seeks to cultivate a community of sustainable scientists. The Green Lab team is working on the implementation of infrastructural and cultural changes within the Neuro in order to make its research labs more sustainable, by recycling lab materials, reducing water/energy use, organizing information sessions, and uniting different groups within the Neuro community for the shared goal of exploring green alternatives.

Website URL where information about the green laboratory program is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Resources for the Green Labs Initiative can be found here:

Also attached is the Sustainable Labs Guide for Researchers. The Sustainable Labs Working Group (SLWG) was created in October of 2014 with a mandate to include sustainability considerations in lab processes. The working group consisted of students, staff, and faculty from across the university. As a result, this guide was developed for the benefit of those working in laboratories and those whose work supports laboratory operations. The vision of the SLWG was to: "Engage the University community; promote and recognize efforts to reduce material, water, and energy consumption while maximizing cost savings; improve safety and accessibility through optimizing operations, training and awareness."

The SLWG was established in alignment with "Action 3 - Sustainable labs" of the University's Priority Actions for the Vision 2020 Sustainability Strategy (approved in spring of 2014). The attached guide was approved by the University Lab Safety Committee in October 2016.

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