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. In fiscal year 2010-2011, Facilities Management reported that campus labs occupied 20% of campus square footage but were repsonsible for 43% of campus energy use. CU has approximately 400 laboratories occupying more than 2 million square feet of lab space on its Boulder campus. The CU Green Labs Program is working with these labs to promote the efficient use of resources by: