The University of Washington Green Laboratory Certification Program and the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences have teamed up to produce a four-part webinar series on greening laboratory practices.
The series will review the success, challenges and lessons learned from a project to assess and improve the sustainability metrics of DEOHS laboratories. It will discuss how the project facilitated the participation of laboratories in the UW Green Lab Certification Program, identified areas for improvement, and evaluated potential intervention opportunities to conserve energy and water, divert waste from the landfill, and transition to safer and greener chemicals. The program also worked closely with the UW Green Laboratory program to provide recommendations for developing better acceptance guidelines for low-scoring parts of the application.
The first session "Getting started: Gathering baseline lab sustainability certification data and identifying barriers," will be on Jan. 27. Later sessions will cover lessons on reducing waste and saving energy in labs, transitioning to safer and greener chemical usage, and how to evaluate certification data.
The webinar series is free, but registration is required. The seminar is designed for academic faculty, lab managers, students, staff, academic sustainability offices and sustainability professionals interested in best laboratory practices to promote energy conservation, green chemistry and waste reduction.