Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.92
Liaison Mat Thijssen
Submission Date Oct. 26, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Waterloo
IN-19: Green Laboratory Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Mat Thijssen
Sustainability Manager
Sustainability Office
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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:

The Green Labs program is focused on engaging lab users on sustainable lab practices. The program is supported by a three-pronged framework, including an ambassador network, a resource toolkit, and a Green Labs scorecard which provides a list of recommended actions to improve sustainability in the lab setting. Categories in the scorecard include energy conservation, waste management, materials management (including chemical use/disposal), water conservation, ventilation (i.e. fume hoods), sustainable procurement, and engagement. The resource toolkit provides a range of resources, such as graphics, signage, and best practice guides, to support implementation of actions within the scorecard. The Sustainability Office tries to host at least one event or meeting of ambassadors each term to foster shared learning and problem solving between participating labs and has set up a Green Labs group on MS Teams for ongoing collaboration.

Website URL where information about the green laboratory program is available:
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