Greening Your Lab From the Construction Site to the Lab Bench

James Connelly, My Green Lab

This panel presentation will feature one of the leading institutions in research (Harvard), that are turning their bold climate commitments into action in the most difficult-to-address portions of their environmental footprint, their lab operations and lab supply chain.

This session will feature a case study of Harvard's brand-new Science and Engineering Complex (SEC), which is the first lab and the largest project in the world that met the ambitious health and materials goals within the Living Building Challenge.

Participants will learn about state-of-the-art energy, water, and material health strategies employed in the new SEC building as well as the tools and frameworks that can be used to create behavior changes that can dramatically improve the sustainability of lab operations.

Learning Objectives

  • Articulate the leading-edge sustainability and health strategy employed by Harvard in their SEC building;
  • Explain how organizational and corporate sustainability goals can be supported by Green Lab programs;
  • Learn how to leverage the ACT label to reduce the impact through laboratory purchasing; and
  • Investigate how to scale a green lab program across a global research portfolio and implement sustainable lab practices through their actions or a lab they are designing and managing.


One of the most influential leaders in the sustainability & green building movement today, James is a frequent keynote speaker on regenerative design, sustainable business & lab sustainability. He received a 2012 Fulbright Research Fellowship in China, was selected as Greenbiz 30 under 30 Sustainable Business Leader & a Net Zero Energy Trailblazer.


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