Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 71.75
Liaison Cindy Shea
Submission Date July 24, 2017
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STARS v2.1

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
IN-9: Green Laboratories

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Amy Preble
Recycling Outreach Coordinator
Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling
"---" 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:

The Green Labs Committee meets monthly to advance sustainable practices. A capstone project led by the co-chairs of the committee resulted in the publication of Green Labs at Carolina: A Best Practices Guide. The guide includes a checklist and recommendations related to energy and water conservation, waste reduction, and purchasing. Posters on lab recycling and energy management now hang in university labs. Environment Health and Safety includes green labs training in their safety trainings. The campus energy manager hosted a student intern to assess plug load energy use in laboratories and make recommendations for improvements. Lab-specific recycling infrastructure has been expanded and the number of air changes per hour in many campus labs has been reduced down to six. Lab personnel are encouraged to buy the smallest possible quantities of chemicals, to clearly label all chemical containers, to share chemicals with other labs, and to notify EHS when chemicals require disposal or labs are closed out.

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