Green Labs

Currently, the UCR campus is closed and Green Labs activities are on hold.

The mission of the UCR’s Green Labs group is to promote the reduction of the energy and resource waste created by laboratories at UCR without disturbing the objectives of research. Green Labs works with lab managers, principal investigators, as well as students working in labs, to guide their laboratories into becoming energy efficient and sustainable

Green labs


We aim to:

  • Educate lab personnel on lab waste and sustainable agriculture 
  • Understand barriers to green lab practice
  • Offer easy and effortless options to reduce waste with little buy-in from researchers 
  • Empower researchers to be strong advocates for sustainability 
  • Create lab space that promotes sustainable practices. 

Our Initiatives:

  • Building wide interactive workshops for educating and discussing green labs and barriers to sustainable science
  • Sustainable Science online modules in collaboration with EH&S
  • Green Labs certification program
  • Reducing Material Waste (Sharing program, don’t buy in bulk)
  • North American Freezer Challenge
  • Incentives for participants at every level
Why Make Your Labs a Green Lab?
  • Reduces waste, energy, and water consumption
  • Improves environmental and personal health 
  • Prolongs equipment life and reduces equipment failures
  • Saves money


Currently, the UCR campus is closed and Green Labs activities are on hold.

In addition to our in-house laboratory certification program, the Green Labs team is also involved in additional projects that aim to promote sustainability efforts within labs:

Glove Recycling Program 
Autoclave Efficiency Research Study 
Ultra-Low Temperature (ULT) Freezer Efficiency Research Study 
International Freezer Challenge   

UCR Green Labs References and Resources

UCR Office of Sustainability

Phone Number: (951) 827-6558


UCR Environmental Health and Safety

Phone Number:




Freezer Challenge

Evidence that Storing Microorganisms at -70 Degrees is Safe

Evidence of Storing Protein at -70 Degrees is Safe

Spreadsheet of Samples Being Stored at -70 Degrees

Evidence of Storing DNA at -20 Degrees


Sustainability in Labs

University Alliance Group - Explores ways to connect sustainability to research finances

Best Practice Guide

US Department to Energy Better Buildings Laboratory Technology Solutions Team


Sustainable UMD


Infographics for Your Labs

Paper Recycling

Metal and Plastic Recycling

Mix Recycling

Ways to be More Sustainable

Cold Storage Maintenance Checklist

Recycle Your Lids