Green Lab Certification
Yale Environmental Health & Safety has developed a Green Laboratories Certification Program for the University. The purpose of this program is to raise awareness that even small changes in operation and purchasing habits can create a positive outcome. These efforts are part of Yale’s overall plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve energy efficiency, and lower our collective footprint.
Similar to the Yale Green Workplace Certification program, the Green Laboratories Certification program has four levels of achievement (Y – A – L – E). The process begins when a laboratory commits itself to actively participating in this initiative by performing a self-assessment of their current laboratory practices. Points are earned for successfully adopting and verifying sustainable laboratory practices. Successful achievement of all four levels may require the adoption of additional practices overtime as well as a sustained demonstration of these practices.
Laboratories earning all four stages of certification will be given a written certificate of achievement, and special recognition signage for their laboratory. An annual celebration of labs achieving high levels of certification will be held. To remain a green laboratory, laboratories must be recertified on an annual basis. For more information or to register apply for the program, please see the Environmental Health and Safety site.