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UNC Green Labs works with all members of the UNC community — from researchers and lab managers, to students, faculty and administrators — to encourage sustainable practices and promote a culture of sustainability in science in UNC’s laboratories.

Every lab at UNC is different. Yet there are always opportunities to make laboratories more sustainable.

The UNC Green Labs program offers opportunities to:

  • network with other green labs
  • gather and share information about green issues in labs
  • develop innovative practices and implement solutions that will make UNC’s labs more sustainable

Anyone who has insight on what kinds of waste lab buildings produce, what kinds of unique energy and water needs labs may have, and what kinds of efficiencies could be explored is welcome to participate in the UNC Green Labs community. Subject matter experts from EHS, waste management and recycling, energy management, and sustainability will help evaluate and implement new approaches.



UNC is a leader in sustainability in higher education, offering programs dedicated to promoting awareness of sustainability issues and adoption of sustainable practices.

At UNC, our definition of sustainability is to build and balance societal well-being, ecological integrity, and economic prosperity now and into the future.

Three of our key environmental goals are:

1) net zero water use     2) zero waste to landfills     3) net zero greenhouse gas emissions