Green Labs Program

lab bottle

Research labs are an important aspect of UVA’s mission, but are energy, water, and material intensive. At UVA, labs account for over 30% of the University’s energy use despite accounting for only approximately 16% of the square footage. Because of the immense opportunity to reduce energy, water, and waste, the Green Labs Working Group and the Office for Sustainability have developed a Green Labs program to focus on three areas:

  • Outreach and Action: a Green Lab certification program and associated resources
  • Programs and Resources: specialized lab recycling, freezer and other energy efficiency programs, events, and training
  • Infrastructure: Sustainable lab standards, evaluation, and implementation for new construction, renovations, and existing buildings

Outreach and Action

Green Labs Certification Program

The Office for Sustainability is currently seeking limited number of labs to participate in the pilot phase of the Green Labs certification program. Labs can become certified at one of four levels of certification, and can earn higher levels over time. To get involved, review the draft Green Labs checklist and email sustainability@virginia.edu to schedule a lab visit.

Resources

Our Lab Footprint

Below is a a set of graphs that show our lab energy usage at UVA. These numbers drive our program and steer our reduction strategies. Hover over a segment of the chart to see more details.

Site Energy Consumption by Building Category
Labs
33%
Site Square Footage by Building Category
Labs
16%