|Submission Date||Feb. 28, 2021|
University of Pittsburgh
IN-19: Green Laboratory Program
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Sustainability Projects Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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 University of Pittsburgh launched its "Pitt Green Laboratory" program in 2019, complementing the existing “Pitt Green” suite of designations (which already included Pitt Green Offices and Events at that time). There are currently 20 laboratories that have earned a Pitt Green Lab designation.
Participating laboratories earn points by auditing their current practices & reporting what sustainable actions and activities they are currently taking to green their spaces and activities. Each sustainable practice is assigned a point value based on its impact, ease, and cost of implementation.
For the purposes of the Pitt Green Labs program, a lab is a room or space equipped for scientific or creative experiments, research, and/or teaching.
To become a Pitt Green Lab, a laboratory must complete a Self-Assessment Survey with the assistance of their principal investigator (PI) that will evaluate their practices across 7 different areas:
• Chemicals & Safety
• Culture of Sustainability
• Energy Consumption & Equipment Maintenance
• Lab Recycling
• Water Conservation
• Innovation Actions
After completing the self-assessment, a laboratory can earn one of the four Pitt Green Laboratory designations to commemorate their determination to helping make Pitt's campus a greener and more sustainable place to learn, work, & live; these are Seed, Sprout, Sapling, and Sustainable Oak.
Website URL where information about the green laboratory program is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
Pitt Green Lab program & resources: https://www.sustainable.pitt.edu/what-you-can-do/pitt-green-labs/
Pitt Green Labs recognized: https://www.sustainable.pitt.edu/pitt-green-recognitions/
Pitt Green Lab 2020 Self-Assessment: https://pitt.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1F9zFbyMKp9p2rr
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