Morning Green Lab Breakfast Discussion

James Connelly, International Living Future Institute
Annie Bevan, Sustainability Made Simple, LLC

My Green Lab (MGL) has partnered with the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) to address the critical issues of waste, energy and water consumption in the Life Sciences industry. MGL has developed the world’s leading laboratory certification and the first-ever eco-label for lab products, called ACT (which stands for accountability, consistency and transparency), which provides consistent, comprehensive, and easily understandable information that laboratories can use to assess—and ultimately reduce—the environmental impact of the products they use.

ILFI runs the world’s most advanced green building standard, the Living Building Challenge. The aspirational program goes beyond simply creating building to encouraging projects that have a positive impact on environment and society.

Join this session to learn how these two organizations guide not only the sustainable development of the physical infrastructure of a lab project they also ensure the operations, equipment and consumables used in a lab are the most sustainable possible. After the presentation the floor will be opened for a discussion of how building designers and Green Lab program directors can work more closely together in the model of the ILFI and MGL partnership.

Learning Objectives

  • Explore the philosophy and goals of My Green Lab and My Green Lab Certification;
  • Understand the Living Building Challenge and how it can be applied to the Life Sciences and Healthcare industries;
  • Understand the ACT Label and how it improves the supply chain of laboratory equipment; and
  • Explore how the Living Building Challenge and My Green Lab can drive sustainable procurement and benefit sustainable product suppliers.


A GreenBiz 30 under 30 sustainable business leader, James Connelly is the Vice President of Product and Strategic Growth at the International Living Future Institute.

As VP of Strategic Growth, he leads ILFI in developing strategy and cultivating new business and partnership opportunities to grow the Institute’s impact and capabilities globally.

As VP of Products, James provides strategic leadership for the Institute’s corporate and manufacturing initiatives including the Living Product Challenge (a program that re-imagines the design and manufacturing of products to function as elegantly and efficiently as anything found in the natural world), Just (a social justice and corporate responsibility label for leading progressive organizations), Declare (an innovative ingredients transparency label and database of non-toxic sustainably sourced products).

Annie Bevan is a sustainability professional with over 15 years of experience working with organizations to develop processes, procedures, and standards to analyze and certify various sustainability claims in products, buildings, and within manufacturing operations. She represents a unique expertise in contributing to the development and robustness of numerous sustainability programs and is now working to create collaboration in the marketplace with a personal mission to make sustainability more simple.

Annie is widely regarded within the marketplace as an expert in third-party verification and sustainable program development and is the Founder and CEO of Sustainability Made Simple, LLC (SMS), which was created in 2017 with the goal to transform the global marketplace through collaborative change. SMS is the third-party auditing organization that has worked with My Green Lab to develop the robust third-party verification process and procedure behind the ACT label.


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