Welcome to MIT Green Labs!

Do you worry about the amount of wasted energy and materials that happen every day in your lab?

Worry no more!

Sign up for phase 2 of Green Labs. Register now, and by the end of April 2017 have at least 75% of your lab fill out our green lab assessment tool. This will give the lab a baseline performance and give you lots of simple and straightforward ideas about what your lab can do to conserve resources. After 6 months, during which you will have the chance to implement the suggestions or come up with new ideas to conserve resources in your lab, your lab will reassess. Based on the lab’s new score you will receive a bronze, silver, gold or platinum certificate. All labs who become certified will be recognized in our final awards ceremony in the fall.

The goal of the Green Labs initiative is to reduce wastefulness of energy and resources in MIT labs and to promote innovative ways to manage resources in the most efficient way. We work closely with the research community to identify and inform researchers of safe and sustainable practices. These efforts are aimed at helping MIT reach the 32% Green House Gas (GHG) reduction goals the Institution has set by 2030.  

With all the cut backs at the Federal level on environmental programs and climate change research, MIT needs to do its part more than ever to save energy and water and reduce waste. It starts with each lab, changing their practices a little bit at a time that can add up to a big difference. 

Note: you don’t need to be the Lab PI, but make sure to receive permission from your PI to register the lab in the certification process. 

Actions taken by 2016 certified Labs: 

  • Water Conservation – installed low flow aerators on their sink faucets; installed water mizers on their lab’s autoclave (Prather Lab); ensured the appropriate water type was used in experiments; fixed leaks; etc.
  • Energy Conservation – posted ‘Shut the Sash’ information on fume hoods and actually lowered the sashes; turned off lights and posted reminders; monitored equipment plug load and changed behaviors based on findings; installed timers for equipment; chilled ULT freezers from -80C to -70C (Prather Lab); installed a Styrofoam insulator into an ice box to save dry ice shipments and CO2 emissions (Imperiali Lab); etc.
  • Green Chemistry – posted the 12 Principals of Green Chemistry in their labs; reused solvent rinse water for one of their processes (Summons Lab); etc.
  • Waste Management – reviewed and identified lab recycling opportunities; started clean glove recycling program; established common bench workstations to reduce redundancy and better manage inventories (Langer Lab); etc.

2016 Resources Saved by the 8 Certified Labs

  Water (gal) Energy (kWh)


Waste (lb) Recycling (lb) Other Savings ($) Greenhouse Gas (lb)
Month 6710 1800 238 24 28.6 190  
Year 80517.6 21600 2850 288 343.12 2280 18618