Green Labs Self-Evaluation Checklist
The Green Labs Program at The University of Texas at Austin developed this voluntary checklist to assist researchers in making their laboratory more sustainable whilst conducting their research. Laboratories use more energy than any other facility on campus and are also significant material consumers and waste generators. Through this evaluation, labs will be able to identify sustainability goals that they will work to achieve in the next year, whereby a follow-up audit will be conducted by a Green Labs Team member.
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Certification Process
1. Identify a Green Labs Representative
The Lab must appoint a Green Labs Representative who will be the main point of contact for the Green Labs Program.

2. Complete the Self-Evaluation Form
Complete and submit this online self-evaluation form.

3. Meet with us for a Walk-Through of Your Lab
Once we have received your completed self-evaluation form, we will contact you to arrange a time to conduct the final step of the certification process.

Benefits of Certification
Through sustainable practices and use of equipment, labs can extend the lifetime of their equipment and save money.

Labs are free to add the Green Labs logo to their online webpages to indicate their certification.

Labs can add their Green Lab Certification to their profiles which can help with receiving awards and attaining funding.

Being a Green Lab allows you to provide useful feedback to the Program which will significantly and positively impact the sustainability of the Campus community.

The Green Labs Team will be an added resource for assistance in reducing water usage, energy usage, and waste production on campus.

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Lab Representative
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Lab Building & Room Number(s)
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1. Maintain and review their chemical inventory to prevent over-purchasing.
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2. Use chemicals/reagents first in, first out
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3. Use mercury-free equipment (thermometers, electrodes).
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4. a) Use green chemistry practices, such as: Scale down procedures to use less chemicals.
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4. b) Use green chemistry practices, such as: Use more efficient chemical reactions.
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4. c) Use green chemistry practices, such as: Substitute with less toxic chemicals in experiments.
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4. d) Use green chemistry practices, such as: Use computer simulations as a substitute.
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5. Maintain an inventory of supplies and equipment and check before ordering.
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6. Purchase recycled products whenever possible; list examples.
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7. Not order more materials than expected to be used in a reasonable amount of time.
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8. Check with Surplus before purchasing equipment, office furniture and appliances.
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9. Use vendor equipment buy-back programs?
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10. Purchase energy efficient (such as Energy Star) equipment whenever possible
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11. Use a shared office and lab supplies area.
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12. Recycle paper (good on one side) and other office supplies.
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13. Print/copy double-sided whenever possible.
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14. Recycle wire hangers for lab coats.
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15. Use rechargeable batteries.
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16. Recycle Styrofoam boxes/blocks*
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Would you like to be added to the email reminder for Styrofoam/Cold Pack Recycling? (Enter email)
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18. Recycle single-use batteries*
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19. Use recyclable Nitrile gloves*
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Under consideration for recycling Nitrile gloves?
Would you like us to set you up with a collection box and signage
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20. Turn off equipment when not in use.
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21. Disconnect unused equipment to reduce phantom loads.
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22. Put computers, copiers, printers in sleep mode when not in use.
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23. Turn off lights when leaving (even during the day).
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24. Consolidate materials in freezers and refrigerators to use less equipment.
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25. Defrost freezers periodically; specify approximate frequency.*
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26. Are freezers placed away from direct sunlight/ heat source*
27. Use room temperature storage methods for DNA/RNA.
28. Turn off biosafety cabinet when not in use and turn off UV lights after 1 hour or less.
29. Are biosafety cabinet UV bulbs cleaned periodically?
30. Are fume hoods used to store items/are items blocking air flow*
31. Cooling lines: use a closed loop chilling instead of a single pass system.
32. Encourage all students and staff to reduce their water use.
33. Turn off pipette washer/rinser as soon as pipettes are clean.
34. Report water leaks to Facility Services immediately.
35. Keep chemical fumehood sash lowered as much as possible to reduce volume of conditioned air being exhausted to the outside.
36. Consolidate autoclave loads when possible.
38. Dispose biohazardous and sharps waste only when 2/3 full.
39. Remove names from vendor catalog mailing lists.
40. Train lab personnel on green lab practices.
41. What are some of the innovative, sustainable practices that your lab is employing?
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42. Please list at least two goals that your lab will work towards achieving this next year (our team member will be glad to assist you with setting these goals).
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