Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 72.89
Liaison Meredith Moore
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2019
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STARS v2.1

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
IN-9: Green Laboratories

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Micah Kenfield
Sustainability Coordinator
Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment
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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 Certified Green Lab Program provides a comprehensive way for campus laboratories to receive certification for making green decisions. Each lab can pursue a variety of credits in a number of sustainable practices in order to receive different levels of certification, and receives campuswide recognition upon completion of an audit of their labs.

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

Credits are split across numerous areas as follows:
Required Actions:
Use a minimum of 30% recycled paper. Purchasing this through iStores (https://my.fs.illinois.edu/fsportal/portal/) is cheaper than buying 0% recycled paper from a different vendor. You may wish to speak with your purchasing office if you do not purchase your own paper.
Turn off lights when you leave the room (unless they need to remain on), and put signage up prompting people to turn off the lights.
If applicable, abide by the 12 principles of green chemistry (bit.ly/greenchem12). Post them in your lab.
If applicable, close the fume hood sash when you are not actively working in the hood. Post signage on your lab’s fume hoods reminding others to do the same.

Resource Conservation Actions
Label equipment that can be turned off daily with stickers and/or plug them all into power strips that can easily turn all equipment off.
If your lab has windows, use daylight rather than turning on lights during the day.
Share equipment and freezers with neighboring labs if possible.
Schedule a meeting with an IT professional and determine the most energy-efficient settings for your computer equipment if you have it in your lab.
Pull down window shades (if you have windows) when AC is on, and pull them up when heat is on.
Review water cooling systems and report any once-through-cooling equipment to F&S.

Efficiency and Equipment Actions:
Participate in the International Laboratory Freezer Challenge during its next enrollment period (https://www.freezerchallenge.org/). Many of the credits in the Certified Green Labs Program also fulfill Freezer Challenge criteria.
Keep freezers organized so you don’t have to open them for longer than needed. Have a consistent labeling system for items such as name, nature of sample, and expected removal date.
Remove any unnecessary samples from freezer on at most a yearly basis.
Clear ice buildup in your freezer to maximize efficiency and lifespan.
Review and practice maintenance requirements for research equipment.

Waste Reduction Actions:
Have labeled recycling bins next to trash bins to reduce recyclables in the trash.
Participate in an existing battery recycling program (1 point) or start a new one for your building (2 points).
Create a pipette tip box recycling program for your lab.
If you print, set default printer settings to two-sided, black-and-white.
If you print, collect and reuse scrap paper for printing. Make sure that your lab members know how to load this paper into the printer.
If you print, collect and recycle printer cartridges. Many office supply stores have drop-off boxes available to the public. If you need advice on how to get this started, iSEE can provide resources for this.

Transportation Actions:
Provide departmental bikes for your employees to use (2 points).
Start a lab employee carpool.
Take action to make sure all workers are aware of the closest bus routes to your office and how to use iCard as an MTD bus pass. You can post them on the wall or send an email.
Share information about bus routes and bike parking with people who may be coming to your lab or to meet with you about your research.
If you are going to a research symposium, conference, etc., pledge to take the train, bus, or carpool with other lab members (especially if you would normally take an airplane if out of state).

Engagement and Innovation Actions:
Encourage another lab to join the program.
Have a student volunteer or employee help engage your lab in the program.
Form a Green Team to share the responsibilities of the Sustainability Ambassador and encourage creativity.
Come up with your own strategy to make your office more sustainable (multiple points available).

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.