Sustainable Lab Recognition Program at the University of Michigan: A Pragmatic Approach to Empower the Lab Users

February 16, 2017
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time


In 2011, the University of Michigan spearheaded a unique program called the Sustainable Lab Recognition Program to instill sustainability into teaching and research laboratories across the campus. Five years into the program, the university has been successful in engaging nearly 200 labs. The state of Michigan adopted this program conceptually and introduced it to other higher education institutions and organizations through a series of workshops. Participating labs embrace best lab practices in order to practice or implement green chemistry, energy and utilities conservation, recycling, and behavioral changes in their operations.

While there are many measurable benefits from this program, the university also encountered some barriers and challenges. This presentation will take a closer look at the metrics captured and discuss both the accomplishments and challenges of the program.

After viewing this presentation, attendees will:

  • Learn how users can make a difference in using safer substitutes and conserving energy in labs.
  • Acquire knowledge on how users can reuse and recycle most of the materials, including solid and hazardous waste, encountered in labs.
  • Learn how behavioral change improves lab user performance.
  • Be able to apply some of the known examples in labs.


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Professional Development Hours and Continuing Education Credits

Webinar attendees and those who view the recording can earn one Professional Development Hour (PDH) for professional engineers or one Learning Unit (LU) from the American Institute of Architects for registered architects.

Contact I2SL after the webinar if you would like to receive a credit for your participation.

Instructor Biography

Dr. Sudhakar Reddy has many years of experience in green chemistry and sustainability. He has developed many green methods in analytical chemistry to measure target chemicals. Based on a green method developed by Dr. Reddy's group, Dionex has redesigned their Accelerated Solvent Extractor to measure polychlorinated biphenyls in the air. He received several awards to recognize his contributions towards sustainability. Dr. Reddy has published 30 papers and delivered invited talks on lab safety and sustainability.


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