The UCI Green Labs program works with principal investigators, lab managers, and students to educate and assist in the implementation of more sustainable practices in campus laboratories. The program provides resources and guidance in areas including energy efficiency, waste reduction, water conservation, sustainable purchasing, and green chemistry. Laboratory staff work collaboratively to demonstrate sustainability and achieve official Green Labs certification through the six steps of certification:
- Program Orientation
- Lab Introduction
- Initial Assessment
- Assessment Feedback
- Project Implementation
- Final Assessment & Certification
While only 20% of building space at UCI are laboratories, they consume approximately two-thirds of total campus energy. Reducing laboratory energy consumption and creating opportunities for water conservation, waste reduction, as well as engaging in sustainable lab behaviors supports UCI in meeting its Carbon Neutrality and Zero Waste goals.