In this complimentary 4-part webinar series researchers reviewed the successes, challenges, and lessons learned from a project to assess and improve the sustainability metrics of Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) laboratories at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle, WA. The webinar series discussed how researchers 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. Project staff also worked closely with the UW Green Laboratory Certification program to provide recommendations for developing better acceptance guidelines for low-scoring parts of the application. Over 100 participants from across the country registered for this complimentary webinar series during which DEOHS researchers discussed their findings and suggestions for creating greener labs.
Through this webinar series listeners learned about laboratory recycling, safer and more sustainable alternatives for supplies and chemicals, and best practices for conserving energy and resources.
Webinar 1: Getting Started: the Green Lab Certification Process and Identifiying Barriers
Webinar 2: Junk and Juice: Learning Lessons to Reduce Waste and Save Energy in Labs
Webinar 3: It's Not Easy Being Green: Transitioning to Greener and Safer Chemicals
Webinar 4: Wrapping Up: Evaluating Follow-Up Certification Data and Green Labs Project Conclusions
UW Recycling: Mixed Containers Lab Recycling Poster - Download
University of Washington Sustainability Office - Green Lab Certification Program