The CU Green Labs Program uses a team approach to minimize the use of energy, water, material goods, and hazardous chemicals in CU-Boulder laboratories without compromising research integrity or safety.
About CU Green Labs
Because laboratories are large consumers of resources and thus present huge opportunities for conservation, a special emphasis for conservation has been placed on laboratory operations through the creation of the CU Green Labs Program in the summer of 2009.
Laboratories are important centers of intellectual innovation and discovery in our society. They also have a large environmental footprint. Facilities Management reported that the 20 major research buildings on campus in FY2009 occupied 22% of campus square footage but were repsonsible for 43% of campus electricty use. CU has approximately 400 laboratories on its Boulder campus. The CU Green Labs Program is working with these labs to promote the efficient use of resources by:
- Involving individual laboratory members in identifying opportunities for efficiency in their laboratory and promoting efficient behavior among laboratory members
- Upgrading inefficient laboratory equipment and techniques
- Compelling labs to use lab space, fume hoods, and lab equipment resources efficiently and in a collaborative manner
- Developing means to reduce the large flow of lab materials into the waste stream
- Promoting green chemistry and chemical re-use where feasible
- Raising awareness about the large resource footprint of laboratories