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Interested in making your lab more sustainable, cost-effective, and efficient?

You’ve come to the right place!

Since its inception in 2009, the UNC Green Labs effort has listened to the concerns of lab managers and introduced a range of innovative programs with partners across campus. Explore opportunities to get involved below!

Join the UNC Green Labs Network

  • Fill out this form to subscribe to our listserv.
  • Check out our certification checklist to see what sustainable activities your lab already takes part in and what more you can do to work towards a higher certification!
  • Have questions about Green Labs or information to share about a sustainable issue in the lab? Email us at!
  • Follow us on all social media: @uncgreenlabs!

Plastic Film Recycling

UNC Green Labs and Fisher Scientific are collecting plastic film at the Thurston Bowles loading dock weekly. Plastic film should be placed neatly on the loading dock before 6 am on Thursdays. Unsightly and contaminated bags will cause the program to be discontinued.

Are you ready for the Challenge?

The Freezer Challenge occurs annually! The 2022 Freezer Challenge closes June 30, when all materials are due to My Green Lab. The winning UNC lab is eligible to win a $5,000 rebate for an energy efficient ultra low freezer.

 Click here to Take the Challenge!


RESPC’s Efficient Freezer Rebate Program

Obie St. George, an Ex-Officio Member of UNC Green Labs, helps coordinate the Efficient Freezer Rebate Program alongside the student leaders of the Renewable Energy Special Projects Committee and Sustainability Director Cindy Shea in the Institute for the Environment.

Shut the Sash Campaign

In 2010, Energy Management and other campus affiliates hosted the first “Shut the Sash” campaign to encourage labs to save energy. Now, shutting the sash is part of every-day lab practice!

UNC’s Green Labs Committee Meetings

Come out to the quarterly UNC Green Labs Committee meetings to learn about sustainable lab practices, network with other green labs, and meet the UNC Green Labs Leadership team! 

Share Your Green Lab Practices with Us

Already practicing sustainable lab practices? Share your tips and tricks in our News! Browse our articles to see how other labs and individuals contribute to our sustainable impact.