Green Labs

Science labs use more energy than most spaces on campus, but there are ways to help limit that energy use.

Labs are very energy intensive spaces on any campus, including at Ursinus.  Conserving resources and energy in these spaces will have a significant impact on the College’s goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions. Check out the list below (borrowed from Harvard’s Green Lab website) for some great ideas:


  1. Shut the Sash! Open fume hoods are one of the most significant energy consumers in a lab. 
  2. Mind your -80. These units are energy hogs but there are things you can do to minimize their impact. Check out Harvard University’s Freezer Best Practices to learn more!
  3. Buy energy efficient equipment. Ask vendors for energy consumption information, and look for Energy Star appliances where possible.
  4. Use less hazardous chemicals. The MIT Green Chemical Alternative Wizard is a great resource for finding non-hazardous alternatives to common chemicals.
  5. Talk to vendors to advocate for less packaging and more sustainable options.
  6. Recycle! Common items are pipette tip boxes, empty solution bottles, and some chemicals.
  7. Swap your unwanted equipment and supplies with other labs!
  8. Power down. Talk with your lab about turning off lights and equipment where applicable.
  9. Check out Harvard’s comprehensive Best Practices Guide for Lab Sustainability.