Laboratory spaces foster innovation, research, and student learning across Auburn’s campus.  Yet, the impacts they have on our health, budget, and environmental footprint can be some of the most intense of campus facilities.  A Green Labs Program proactively addresses negative impacts often associated with labs, so the primary focus can remain on educating and innovating for our future. 

A variety of stakeholders on Auburn’s campus have come together to begin the process of developing an Auburn-specific Green Labs Program.  Currently, in the research phase of program development, the long-term goal is to create a Green Labs Program that fits Auburn’s culture, improves research efficiency, enhances lab safety, reduces energy and water consumption, minimizes waste, and supports the university’s sustainability policy and goals.

How You Can Participate

If you currently work in a campus lab, you can participate now in our Green Labs efforts by taking our Green Labs Program Survey.  It’s a short (<5 minutes) survey to gauge researcher awareness and interest in various components of Green Labs Programs.  The results will be used by the Green Labs Working Group to help develop the structure and components of Auburn’s Green Labs Program.  The survey will remain open until September 30, 2019.

As the Green Labs Program continues to develop, opportunities for researchers to participate through providing feedback and piloting efforts will arise.  If you’re interested in learning about these opportunities as they develop, you can complete our Green Labs Interest Form and we will reach out to you for voluntary participation.  

Green Labs Working Group

Representatives from Auburn’s Facilities Management, Office of Sustainability, and Risk Management & Safety have come together to develop, implement, and evaluate the Green Labs Program at Auburn.  If you’re interested in becoming more involved in the development/administration side of the Green Labs Program, please contact the Office of Sustainability.




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