Sustainable Lab Certification Program

The Sustainable Laboratory Certification Program promotes sustainable operations in teaching and research labs across our campus. The Office of Campus Sustainability helps laboratory workers identify opportunities to improve sustainability in the areas of green chemistry, energy reduction, recycling and waste reduction, and laboratory safety. The program provides education, recognition for labs that adopt sustainable practices, and lab-specific sustainable options such as pipet tip box recycling.

Benefits from this program include:

  • The introduction to green chemistry practices that our students and industry are expecting
  • Reduced energy consumption 
  • Reduction in use and generation of hazardous materials
  • Increase in reuse and recycling
  • Improved safety for lab students, faculty and staff

How does my laboratory become certified as sustainable?

First, complete an online self-assessment of current laboratory conditions and practices to the best of your ability. Anyone can represent their department and start the assessment. This person does not need to be a green guru, but rather someone who enjoys rallying their co-workers to reach a common goal.

After you submit your self-assessment, we will meet with you onsite, review the checklist, and answer questions. We will provide recommendations and technical assistance to help you implement best practices and make the largest impact feasible.

Your lab will receive a rating of Silver, Gold, or Platinum based on its sustainable practices. The lab will receive a packet of resources including informational handouts and signage. In addition to ongoing technical assistance, labs committed to reducing their environmental footprint through the Sustainable Laboratory Certification Program will be recognized with a certificate and placement on the Sustainable Laboratory webpage.

Please contact Ken Keeler (734-936-6663) or email sustainable-labs@umich.edu if you have questions about this program.

Certified labs

View list of certified labs.

Resources