Concurrent Scientific Session (Core Administration): Pathways to Sustainability: Green Lab Program, International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL) and BETR Grants


Pathways to Laboratory Sustainability: Green Lab Program, International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL) and BETR Grants


Over the past few decades, efforts to connect sustainability with the science community has been a grass roots effort at individual institutions.  Green lab program managers are a passionate group of individuals working in partnership with laboratory scientists and staff.  Every year, additional green lab programs are formed at research institutions across the nation.  Leading the charge for a coordinated sustainability plan with green lab managers is the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL).  With a focus on designing and operating safe, energy-efficient laboratory buildings in partnership with instrument and equipment manufacturers, engineering firms, and utilities, I2SL and the green lab community work together to share advice and best practices to benefit laboratory sustainability to contribute to the challenges faced in the world today.

This session will present essential information for implementing green labs best practices for data-driven resource conservation for your core and institution. The CU Green Labs Program at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) was one of the first green lab programs in the nation and will share how green lab programs got their start, and strategies to grow their program in terms of funding, staff, and impact.  CU Green Labs utilizes a team approach, working with its scientists, building managers, facilities management, EH&S, campus recycling, and other stakeholders to implement sustainable practices and programs for CU Boulder laboratory occupants.  A growing focus of the CU Green Labs has been the promotion of shared research resources and the benefits for efficient use of energy, laboratory space, and research funding; benefits that were recently quantified in a case study for a large shared cell culture lab in Biochemistry at CU Boulder.  And the I2SL Bringing Efficiency to Research Grants (BETR Grants) initiative, led by the CU Boulder Green Labs manager, aims to connect actions for efficiency with sponsor research funding.

  • Kathryn Ramirez-Aguilar(1), Phil Wridzek (2), Sheenah Mische (3)
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    University of Colorado Boulder (1), I2SL (2), NYU Langone Health (3)