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Green Lab Certification 2020 applications are now open. Sign-up here.

Green Lab Certification closes on the 13th November 2020 but teams can submit workbooks and complete audits at any point during the year. After the audits, teams will be presented with their bronze, silver or gold awards along with certification badges for display outside the laboratory.
The LEAF teams are given a list of environmental activities in the form of an online workbook broken down into Bronze, Silver and Gold categories to complete. Each activity is a clear, easy to implement action. There are also a number of special awards; the categories for these are: Environmental Improvement, Environmental Hero, Innovation for Engagement and Community Action. Throughout the project, support will be provided by the Sustainable Science Manager and other members of staff from the University’s Estates Department.

The scheme is aimed at academic groups or teams of employees. Staff (or PhD students) can organise their own teams and it’s very flexible in terms of what a team is. For example, a team might include all staff in a research group, all staff in a lab or technical staff working in labs. Green Lab Certification isn’t designed for whole-buildings so team sizes should cover a lab or a suite of labs.
For 2020, the University has set an ambition of achieving institutional Green Labs Certification in 100% of our STEMed labs. This will help us to move closer towards becoming a net carbon-neutral campus by 2030 and follows the University’s declaration of a climate emergency. If we achieve 100% Green Lab Certification, we will be the first university in the world to do so.
Labs have a greater environmental impact than offices by at least five times. They use more resources, produce more waste, and consume more energy and water. Bristol participates in LEAF, an innovative Green Lab Certification tool designed by UCL that facilitates and drives improvements in laboratory efficiency. Users complete a set of criteria to sequentially achieve a Bronze, Silver or Gold standard, and in the process see their carbon and financial savings as they progress.
The LEAF national pilot took place last year, involving over 16 national Higher Education Institutions, including Bristol. The criteria have been specially selected to cover not just environmental aspects (e.g. waste management, procurement, equipment efficiency, chemical management etc.) but also to target business travel and research quality, addressing the international issues surrounding the ‘reproducibility crisis’. LEAF also includes metrics, enabling us to quantify ‘actual’ environmental and financial savings. The pilot institutions are collaborating with the research councils and funding bodies to aim for inclusion in research grants.
For more information see our LEAF brochure (PDF, 947kB).

Sign up to next year’s challenge by filling in the sign-up form. For any questions please contact the Green Labs Team

Green university Labs have a greater environmental impact than offices by at least five times. They use more resources, produce more waste, and consume more energy and water. Bristol participates