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Green Labs at Emory is a voluntary program designed to assist Emory’s research and teaching laboratories in improving the sustainability of lab operations and practices. Development of the Green Labs at Emory program began in 2013 as a collaborative effort by the University’s Office of Sustainability Initiatives, Environmental Health and Safety Office, Campus Services, and Office of Procurement. A Green Labs at Emory Pilot Program was launched in March 2014 with 14 laboratories, and a university-wide program launched in January 2016.

Green Labs at Emory aims for lab sustainability in four target areas: energy and water efficiency and conservation, recycling and waste reduction, chemicals, and procurement. The Green Lab Checklist contains actionable items within these target areas and pairs with a corresponding Green Lab Guidance Document providing additional resources and information to guide labs through the action items to which they have committed. A Green Lab Incentives Fund allows labs to apply to cover the costs of new sustainable practices or innovations. Participating labs are recognized with door medallions, publication on the Green Lab website, and recognition in internal publications.

Step 1: Learn what sustainable actions your lab can adopt, and tell us what you’re already doing, by filling out the Green Labs at Emory Checklist and consulting the companion Green Labs at Emory Guidance Document.

Step 2: Take Action by submitting the checklist and receiving a certification level. Detailed instructions are on the checklist.

Step 3: Earn Recognition for taking action to make more sustainable choices in your lab. The Green Labs at Emory Team will review your checklist and award your lab with a certification level. You will receive recognition through the Green Labs at Emory webpage, the EHSO Lab Rat, and with visible lab signage and graphics provided to you.

Step 4: Apply for funding to implement the actions on your checklist and new innovations by submitting a Green Lab Incentives Fund Application. 2017-2018 APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN AND DUE BY MIDNIGHT ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2017. DOWNLOAD APPLICATIONS HERE.

For questions about Green Labs at Emory, contact greenlabs@emory.edu. Also, email to request sustainability decals, available to anyone, to start promoting sustainable behaviors in your own work space.

Green Lab Incentives Fund

The Green Lab Incentives Fund supports laboratories participating in the Green Labs at Emory Program by making funds available for implementing sustainable processes and procedures in Emory’s laboratories. Creative proposals are welcomed for initiatives that seek new knowledge, support new behavior patterns, and make sustainable practices feasible. Grants may be awarded up to $5,000. Faculty, staff, and students from research and teaching laboratories in Emory University and Emory Healthcare are eligible to apply for the Green Lab Incentives Fund.

Grants may be awarded in three categories: up to $3,000 are available for projects supporting General Sustainability and Social Justice, and up to $5,000 are available for projects supporting certified Green Offices or certified Green Labs.

Applications are now closed for 2017-2018. Please check back in September, 2018.

All faculty, staff and students at Emory, including Emory Healthcare and Oxford College, are eligible to apply. Team applications are encouraged. All student applications must include approval from a faculty advisor.

Funds may be used for supplies, materials, publicity, and travel costs supporting approved projects, research, and rituals, which must be carried out on an Emory University, Emory Healthcare, or Oxford College campus or facility.

Application review process:
A committee of faculty, staff, and students select grant recipients based on the following criteria:

1. Relevance of the project to Emory's 2015-2025 Sustainability Vision and/or Emory's Climate Action Plan
2. Clarity and feasibility of the proposal, including clear goals and objectives
3. Sustained impact and reach of proposed project
4. Innovation and creativity to address complex sustainability-related challenges
5. Relevant skills and experience of project personnel

If not selected, applicants may request feedback to help guide future grant requests.

To apply for a Green Lab Incentives Fund, the participating laboratory must also submit for certification by the Incentives Fund deadline. Please see the "How to Participate" section above for details of certification and funding applications.

To apply for a General Sustainability and Social Justice Incentives Fund, visit the General Incentives Fund website for details.

To apply for a Green Office Incentives Fund, the participating office must also submit for certification by the Incentives Fund deadline. Visit the Green Offices at Emory web page for instructions, application materials, and a list of past funded projects.


Reducing Paper and Electricity Waste in Math & Science Building’s 5th Floor Labs (P.I. – Berry Brosi; Team Leader – Emily Dobbs): introduced paperless data collection by transitioning to tally clickers and iPads, and energy use reduction through the use of power strips
Blakey Lab Goes Green (P.I. – Simon Blakey; Team Leader – Amaan Kazerouni):reduced energy and water consumption through the use of power strips for electronic equipment, and reduced water consumption by replacing water aspirators with recirculating vacuum pumps and solvent traps
Global Health Moe Laboratory Goes Green (P.I. – Christine Moe; Team Leader – Milagros Aldeco):reduced waste through conversion to rechargeable batteries and the use of power strips for electronic equipment
Chemistry Department Paper Waste Reduction Through the Use of Chemical-Resistant Trays (P.I. – Sean Mo):decreased waste by replacing disposable trays with chemical-resistant reusable trays at each student station, and provided step-by-step guides for proper disposal and maximum landfill diversion for each experiment for staff, teaching assistants and students
Implementation of a Freezer Management Plan and its Effect on Energy Consumption (P.I. – Cassandra Quave; Team Leader – James Lyles):tested energy conservation through a comprehensive freezer management and inventory protocol with energy-usage monitoring and electronic door opening
Water Reduction in Oxford Teaching Labs (P.I. – Brenda Harmon):Conserved water in student distillation procedures through the use of coolant pumps that recirculate water rather than using single pass-through water systems
Beauty Sustained by Consumables (P.I. – Daniel Brat; Team Leader – Carol Tucker-Burden):created fine art in common areas using recyclable research items
Department of Animal Resources’ Green Lab Initiative (P.I. – Doug Taylor; Team Leader – Maya E. Meeks):expanded recycling and composting in animal labs and office spaces in the Whitehead Biomedical Research Building’s Department of Animal Resources
Piloting Reusable Petri Dishes (P.I. – Levi Morran; Team Leader – McKenna Penley):tested sustainable reusable alternatives to disposable petri dishes in the biology department
Recycling Disposable Nitrile Gloves to Reduce Landfill Waste (P.I. – LaTonia Taliaferro-Smith):recycled nitrile gloves in Oxford biology teaching labs, research labs and prep rooms through the Kimberly-Clark RightCycle program
• Brenda Harmon - Chemistry, Pierce Hall, Oxford College:reduced water usage in Oxford chemistry labs by connecting chillers to a chilled water loop system
• Theodosia Wade and Elizabeth Gleim – Biology, Pierce Hall, Oxford College:reduced energy use by piloting motion sensors and comparing LED lighting with T8 fluorescent lighting in laboratories
• Karen Levy and Debbie Lee – Environmental Health, Rollins School of Public Health:reduced chemical, biological, and physical waste through reagent sharing, installing power strips, installing a cardboard recycling bin, using reusable glass culture tubes, and using reusable pipet tip boxes

Congratulations to the following labs certified to date:
•Dr. Douglas Taylor, Whitehead G32 + G30, Division of Animal Resources

•Dr. Simon Blakey, Atwood Chemistry Building rooms 618, 620, 622, 624, 626, 628, 631, 633, Chemistry
•Dr. Dana Boyd Barr + Dr. Barry Ryan, Rollins School of Public Health CNR 4015, Environmental Health
•Dr. Berry Brosi, Math & Science Center W505, Environmental Sciences
•Dr. Paul Dawson, Health Sciences Research Building E263, Pediatrics GI
•Dr. Cheryl Day, Yerkes National Primate Research Center 1054, Microbiology/Immunology
•Dr. Meleah Hickman, O. Wayne Rollins Research Center 1083, Biology
•Nathan Jui, Atwood 460, Chemistry
•Dr. Subra Kugathasan, Health Sciences Research Building E263, Pediatrics
•Dr. Karen Levy, Rollins School of Public Health, 6027, Environmental Health
•Dr. Shonna McBride, O. Wayne Rollins Research Center 3022, Microbiology & Immunology
•Dr. Christine Moe, Claudia Nance Rollins 6035, Rollins School of Public Health
•Dr. Alberto Moreno, Yerkes, EVC-2013
•Dr. Levi Morran, O. Wayne Rollins Research Center 1083, Biology
•Dr. David Steinhauer, O. Wayne Rollins Research Center 3164, Immunology
•Dr. Mehul Suthar, Yerkes EVC 2015, Pediatrics/Infectious Disease
•Dr. LaTonia Taliaferro-Smith, Oxford Science Center Lab Rooms 317, 309, 301, 209, 325, 201
•Children’s Clinical and Translational Discover Core, Health Sciences Research Building E264, Pediatrics


•Brenda Harmon, Oxford Science Building 409A, 403, 401, Chemistry
•Dr. Craig Hill, Atwood 508-516, Chemistry
•Dr. Baek Kim, Health Sciences Research Building E463, Pediatrics
•Dr. Sean Mo, Oxford Science Building rooms 423, 417, 419, Chemistry
•Dr. Edmund Waller, Clinic B 5305, Hematology/Oncology
•Dr. LaTonia Taliaferro-Smith, Oxford Science Center Prep Rooms 303, 203, 319

•Dr. Shannon Meeks, Emory Children’s Center 410
•Dr. Shoichiro Ono, Whitehead Biomedical Research Building 165, Pathology
•Dr. John Petros, Clinic B 4206 + 4207, Urology
•Dr. Cassandra Quave, Anthropology 306
•Dr. Yoland Smith, Yerkes National Primate Research Center Y-2134 + Y-2135

2017 North American Freezer Challenge
The North American Freezer Challenge and the Office of Sustainability Initiatives partnered to bring a friendly competition to Emory. It challenged those that register to compete with labs from around the continent to develop sample management skills and save energy. The challenge was designed to encourage all laboratories to recognize the benefits of good cold storage management. The Freezer Challenge started in January 2017 and ended in May 2017. For more information, visit http://www.freezerchallenge.org/.

Join us in congratulating the labs who participated in this challenge for Emory University. Thanks to Dr. Christine Moe and Dr. Edmund Waller's Labs for participating. Together they saved an estimated 34,000 kWh/year by taking sustainable actions in their labs. They worked to improve refrigerator practices by doing things such as consolidating contents in refrigerators, sharing refrigerators to minimize use, replacing old units for more energy efficient models, and defrosting.
What a job well done!

Laboratory Recycling at Emory University and Emory Healthcare
In 2015, a pilot laboratory recycling program was conducted in the Biology research labs of O. Wayne Rollins. The pilot program resulted in a laboratory recycling framework that we believe can be applied to all labs at Emory, whether research, teaching, or healthcare. During the pilot, recyclables from O. Wayne Rollins increased. If you are interested in implementing recycling in your laboratory, please review the operational framework below and the recycling protocol developed in collaboration with Emory’s Environmental Health and Safety Office. Contact greenlabs@emory.edu to get started with recycling in your lab!

Recycling program operations
Recycling streams that are processed from Emory’s labs include co-mingled recyclables (metal, glass, mixed paper, plastic), white paper, ice packs, and paper towels for compost. Small 6-gallon containers are placed in each lab for each of these streams, with the compost container being placed at each sink. Lab staff is responsible for servicing the small recycling containers by emptying them into larger recycling stations placed on the building floor as needed. Custodial staff is responsible for servicing the compost containers daily, and for servicing the large recycling stations on each lab floor. We encourage labs to discontinue or drastically limit the use of landfill trash containers by removing them from the lab space. Between recycling and regulated medical waste, there should be little or no landfill trash coming from Emory’s labs.

Recycling in Emory’s labs is feasible when all of the labs on an entire floor, in an entire department, or in an entire building agree to participate in the program. Emory is not able to accommodate recycling from a single lab without the participation of adjacent labs.

To request ice pack recycling in your laboratory building, please contact greenlabs@emory.edu.

Recycling program costs
One set of equipment for each laboratory costs approximately $35 (not including freight). We recommend at least one container for each of the recycling streams (4), and encourage more than one if a lab anticipates higher volumes of waste from a particular stream. For example, some of our pilot recycling labs needed two co-mingled containers, and some did not need ice pack containers.

One set of large waste station equipment placed in communal locations on each floor of the building costs approximately $360 (not including freight). We recommend at least one waste station on each building floor, with up to three being the most beneficial.

Lab departments are responsible for the cost of recycling equipment. For information about grant funding available for lab sustainability, please see the above Green Labs at Emory Incentives Fund description. Lab must participate in the Green Labs at Emory certification program to be eligible for funding.

Recycling program graphics
Please view the Emory Lab Recycling Protocol for detailed instructions on what to recycle, compost, or dispose of in regulated containers.

Please view Emory’s What to Recycle in Labs poster and feel free to print to place in and around your lab space.

Please view Emory’s lab recycling waste station signage to replace any lost signage on the lab floor waste stations, or for a graphical review of what to recycle and compost in labs.

If your lab’s containers are missing or have damaged labels, please contact greenlabs@emory.edu to request replacements.

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