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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 learn how to work toward a higher certification.
    • When your lab is ready for certification, fill out the certification form.
    • For questions about Green Labs or information on lab sustainability, email us at
    • Follow us on all social media: @uncgreenlabs!

    Plastic Film Recycling

    UNC Green Labs and Fisher Scientific are collecting plastic film monthly at the loading docks of Marsico, Thurston Bowles, Lineberger, Genome Sciences, and between Murray and Kenan Labs. Plastic film should be placed neatly on the loading dock before 6 am on the last Thursday of the month. Unsightly and contaminated bags will cause the program to be discontinued. Motivated members of the Carolina community may also deliver clean plastic film to the Fischer Scientific warehouse at 111 Airport Drive during business hours.


    Are you ready for the Challenge?

    Applications for My Green Lab’s Freezer Challenge closed on June 30, 2022. The UNC-Chapel Hill lab who scores the highest in My Green Lab’s Freezer Challenge is declared the winner of the UNC Freezer Challenge and is eligible for a $5,000 rebate for an energy efficient ultra low freezer. 

    Learn more about the 2022-2023 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.