UCI Green Labs

green labs certified

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:

  1. Program Orientation
  2. Lab Introduction
  3. Initial Assessment
  4. Assessment Feedback
  5. Project Implementation
  6. 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.

Green Labs Interest Form

Do you want to become UCI Green Labs Certified? Please complete and submit the Green Labs interest form.


  • Reduce your carbon footprint!
  • Save water and energy without compromising research integrity
  • Prolong equipment life to increase lab efficiency
  • Cut costs while reducing waste!
  • Team building – all lab members take an active role in the program
  • Raise awareness for sustainability on campus
  • Promote your lab as a certified Green Lab!

Check out our Certified Labs!

These Green Labs at UCI have just become certified through the Green Labs program! These labs underwent the Green Labs assessment and successfully learned about, created, and implemented sustainable behaviors. Click on the photos to learn more about each lab.

Frequently Asked Questions

The certification process takes 6 months from the initial assessment. This time allows your lab time to implement sustainable behaviors and use equipment in ways suggested by our team. Click here for more information about the program implementation and timeline.

Browse the map of UCI’s certified Green Labs. 

Your green lab certification is valid for 2 years. After 2 years, your lab has the opportunity to take the survey again and increase your green labs rating. Labs may seek re-certification prior to the 2 year should they be interested in pursuing a higher rating sooner.

The Green Lab assessment has 15 sections and adheres to a point system, with points assigned to various lab attributes or behaviors and with opportunities for bonus points for extra effort. Levels of certification are determined by the results of the final assessment. 

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