Overall Rating Platinum - expired
Overall Score 85.74
Liaison Moira Hafer
Submission Date June 28, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Stanford University
IN-9: Green Laboratories

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Moira Hafer
Sustainability Specialist
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:

Stanford’s comprehensive Green Labs program provides resources specifically tailored for laboratories to help them operate as sustainably as possible. The following programs are offered:

Energy: rebates for energy efficient freezers and other lab equipment, shut-off timers for lab equipment, incentives for chilling up ultra-low temperature freezers, and support for transitioning to room temperature storage

Water: rebates for water conservation upgrades, such as water misers on autoclaves, and free low-flow aerator installations on lab faucets

Waste: free recycling bins, recycling for lab-specific waste (such as pipette tip trays, styrofoam, lab gloves, and cold packs), biannual lab share event

Chemicals: proper disposal of chemical waste, a chemical sharing program, and a chemical inventory and tracking system

Training: online lab sustainability assessment (customized for Stanford labs) followed by an in-person audit of the lab with the lab manager or other individual interested in sustainability to train the individual on conservation and efficiency opportunities and best practices; many Sustainable Stanford Fact Sheets and How-To Guides related to sustainability in labs are also available at http://sustainable.stanford.edu/resources

Labs can engage with the Green Labs program and elect to participate in any of these opportunities through the My Cardinal Green individual action network.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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