Green Labs at the University of Chicago aims to guide laboratories towards reducing their environmental impact. Facilities, the Office of Research Safety, etc., will implement division-wide energy-saving, water-saving, and waste reduction projects. The SAS (Safety and Sustainability) Team will also be formed to implement safety and sustainability programs in every lab across the BSD. The major aims of the program include, but are not limited to the following:
- Energy Conservation: use of equipment, lights, fume hoods, refrigerators, freezers, computers.
- Water Conservation: behavioral changes, use of water aerators, vacuum pumps instead of vacuum aspiration.
- Waste Reduction: Kimberly-Clark Nitrile Glove recycling, reusing, reducing printing, bulk purchasing.
- Purchasing: use of green cleaning products, purchasing materials with recycled content, purchasing from campus stockrooms, consulting Labshare or nearby universities/labs for chemicals before ordering, ordering supplies in the fewest possible shipments, ordering more environmentally-friendly chemicals and reagents.