Green Lab Program

University of Miami’s Green Lab Program is designed to promote and support world-class science by engaging researchers in best practices to enhance safety, conserve resources, and reduce waste.

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This certification helps labs evaluate and address their impact in five key areas:

  1. Chemicals and Reagents

  2. Materials and Reuse

  3. Cold Storage

  4. Electronics and Appliances

  5. Engagement, Equity, and Inclusion

Here is the Green Lab Checklist


To be eligible for certification, a lab must prequalify by having no deficiencies on their annual lab safety inspection and/or resolving any minor deficiencies found within 1 month. To earn a certification, a lab must earn the necessary number of credits across five focus areas in the Green Lab Checklist. Certifications will be awarded on a scale of Bronze to Platinum.

Bronze - 7 actions completed
Silver - 14 actions completed
Gold - 21 actions completed
Platinum - 28 actions completed

Actions completed within the last calendar year qualify as completed pending reasonable verification. To verify, your lab will be asked to describe your approach or explain actions taken for each lab sustainability action item pursued using the Green Labs Badge and Certification forms. 

Certification awards last up to two years following the award date. Timeline flexibility will be addressed on a case-by-case basis (if, for example, a lab is interrupted by renovations or if the lab can verify that past actions have been updated over time).

Apply for Certification

To get started, please complete the following steps:

  1. Identify your lab’s Green Liaison: This person will be the primary contact between the participating research group and the Office of Sustainability, and will coordinate efforts to earn the Green Lab certification. Review the Green Lab Checklist

  2. Email to express interest in pursuing the program. 

  3. Complete the electronic form sent to your Green Liaison.

  4. Meet with the Office of Sustainability’s Green Lab’s Coordinator for 30 minutes to develop your certification action plan.


 Green Lab Toolkit

ACT Label Interest Form Credit M-3 in the Green Lab Certification asks participants to fill out the form to acknowledge they have read and learned about the ACT Label's efforts to promote sustainable lab supplies.

Certification Pledge Sheet Several credits in the Green Lab Certification (R-4, E-6, and E-7) require participants to sign the linked pledge.

Shut the Sash Questionnaire Credit R-3 in the Green Lab Certification asks participants to fill out the form to show that they are aware of fume hood best practices.

Last Freezer Coil Dusting Credit C-5 requires keeping up with preventative maintenance on freezers. Print this out, laminate it, and use a dry-erase marker to keep track of your last freezer coil dusting.

Last Freezer Cleanout Credit C-4 requires scheduling times to de-ice ULT units at least once per month and/or defrost standard freezers (-20°C to -40°C) at least once per year. Print this out, laminate it, and use a dry-erase marker to keep track of your last cleanout.

Autoclave Report Leaks Credit E-7 asks that labs sign an autoclave etiquette pledge and agree to report any leaks they may suspect. Print this out, laminate it, and display it near your autoclave for easy reporting.

-70 CU Boulder Database Colorado University at Boulder maintains a database of samples that they have successfully maintained at -70C. This can be a valuable resource when considering how to store samples at -70C.

Freezer Best Practices Experts from UM’s Miller School of Medicine created a best practices sheet for properly and sustainably maintaining cold storage.


12 Principles of Green Chemistry Developed by Paul Anastas and John Warner in 1998, these principles outline a framework for making a greener chemical, process, or product.

ACS Solvent Selection Tool This tool provides the ability to interactively select solvents based on the Principal Component Analysis (PCA) of the solvent's physical properties. It is intended to inform and guide users towards greener and safer solvents for selected criteria

DOZN™ Quantitative Green Chemistry Evaluator The DOZN™ tool is a quantitative, industry-first tool that uses the 12 principles of green chemistry for comparing the relative greenness of similar chemicals, synthetic routes, and chemical processes.

Green Chemistry, Alternatives My Green Labs highlights several resources for finding more sustainable alternatives to chemical supplies commonly used in the lab. Included on this webpage are Green Chemistry discussion guides for your lab as well as other materials.

ACT Label Background The Accountability, Consistency, and Transparency (ACT) Label is a sustainable purchasing label for laboratory supplies. It was created by My Green Lab and all products are independently verified by SMS Collaborative, LLC (SMSC). Follow the link to learn more and access a database of sustainable lab supplies.


BETR Grants This initiative is led by the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories' (I2SL) University Alliance Group (UAG). It works to integrate sustainability into grant applications, coordinating with major funding agencies to provide research-based incentives for labs to become greener.

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