Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 77.90
Liaison Katie Maynard
Submission Date March 4, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of California, Santa Barbara
IN-19: Green Laboratory Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Katie Maynard
Sustainability Coordinator
Geography & 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:
LabRATS (Laboratory Resources, Advocates, and Teamwork for Sustainability) is a branch of UCSB Sustainability focused on creating sustainable habits for on-campus laboratory spaces. Through the LabSYNC Certification process, LabRATS works with laboratories to assess, rate, and give feedback on their sustainability efforts. LabRATS collaborates with Procurement at UCSB to ensure that the purchase of laboratory appliances will provide the most energy savings available at a reasonable price. For water conservation, they replace single-pass cooling systems to both prevent flooding risk and reduce the quantity of water used to cool common reactions. LabRATS also works closely Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) to create safe habits in laboratories and reduce the amount of hazardous waste produced. They ensure that chemicals are properly disposed of through EH&S’s Hazardous Waste Pickup Program or with other appropriate disposal methods. Additionally, LabRATS trains laboratory researchers on safe, sustainable habits and provides them with resources with which they can further their sustainability practices.

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