Upon submitting your interest to participate via the above sign-up form, a member of the Green Labs team will be in touch with you to schedule a 30-minute introductory meeting via Zoom. During this time, greater information about the program will be provided.
When your lab is ready to begin working towards certification, we will email you a link to the baseline assessment. This assessment will help inform our team how your lab is already practicing sustainability and where there is room for improvement and/or greater knowledge.
In an effort to develop an accurate foundation of current practices, we encourage labs to have 50% of its members take the assessment. For large labs, we recognize this might not be feasible and encourage as many people as possible to participate.
Using our recommendations as guidelines, we encourage labs to go at their own pace in implementing new or improved sustainable practices and behaviors. We find most labs complete the process over the duration of one quarter.
During this time, the Green Labs team will be of assistance to help guide you with improvements. Your lab will also be given a “Green Goody Bag” containing an assortment of signs, labels, and tools for your lab to use.
When ready, your lab will take a reassessment. This is the same online survey that was used for the baseline assessment. The same questions are asked to gauge where improvements have been made, allowing us to see a “before and after” of results.
Following the results of the reassessment, your lab will be given an overall score and certification level. Congrats!
There are five levels of certification:
1) Green – (Score of 80% or higher)
2) Platinum – (70% or higher)
3) Gold – (60% or higher)
4) Silver – (50% or higher)
5) Bronze – (40% or higher)
In recognition of your hard work, your lab will receive an official certificate, a decal sticker for your door, and added to the list of certified labs located on the UCI Green Labs website. With your permission, we will add you to our email listserv, informing you of special offers and discounts on equipment and ongoing access to resources.