Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 59.88
Liaison Alex Frank
Submission Date April 14, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of Wisconsin-Madison
IN-19: Green Laboratory Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Alex Frank
Sustainability Analyst
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have or participate in a green laboratory program?:
Yes

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 intern team aims to help all laboratories on campus to become more sustainable. The Green Labs team provides UW–Madison students, faculty, and staff the information and tools they need to better understand the impacts of their practices and create healthy and sustainable laboratory environments. Guidance and programs cover sustainable purchasing, energy and water efficiency, freezer efficiency, sustainable printing practices, chemical disposal, plastic disposal, waste management, signage, and education and outreach.

The Green Labs Certification program recognizes campus labs for their efforts in reducing their overall environmental impact. The program is designed to educate and empower labs to make more sustainable choices by assessing energy use, waste streams, and purchasing. The certification process takes approximately 8-12 weeks, but the completion time may differ depending on the lab. By going through this program, a lab is helping to fulfill the university’s strategic priority of Resource Stewardship: to “promote environmental sustainability through our own campus operations, integrated with research and education.”


Website URL where information about the green laboratory program is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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