Sustainability at UCLA reaches every corner of the university, from training our future leaders with the skills to face complex global sustainability issues, to solutions for our operations throughout the campus housing, medical centers, classrooms and all of our other facilities. UCLA and the UC System are working towards a number of significant sustainability goals that are set forth in the UC Policy on Sustainable Practices.

Laboratory facilities are absolutely essential to these efforts: not only are they critical in supporting UCLA’s leadership role as a world-class research institution, they represent the university’s single-largest consumer of energy and water on a per-square-foot space basis. Laboratory users represent the first line of defense when it comes to reducing UCLA’s environmental impact as an institution and are key stakeholders in ensuring UCLA continues to achieve its ambitious sustainability goals.

How to become a Greener Lab:

  • We are currently in the development stages of the Green Labs program, working on an assessment that can be used to evaluate your lab’s green practices and receive tips. Continue checking this webpage for updates.
  • Consider taking a leadership role by designating a Sustainability Champion from your lab.

For Additional Guidance:

The UCLA Office of Sustainability and EH&S collaborate to support greener labs.  If you need additional support in your green lab efforts, contact them at:

  • UCLA Green Labs Coordinator:
  • UCLA Office of Sustainability:
  • UCLA EH&S:
    • For hazardous waste inquiries: Contact the Hazardous Materials Manager at hazardousmaterial@ehs.ucla.edu or (310) 794-5569.
    • For general environmental safety inquiries: (310) 825-5689
    • To learn more about UCLA’s Deep Energy Efficiency Program, check out this page

Downloadable Resources:

  • Consider inventorying your fridge/freezer space to see if your items can be consolidated into fewer units. (UC Davis has a helpful checklist and guide on how to do this)
  • Need more tips for washing smart? Check out UCSB’s guide here
  • Adopt the 12 Principles of Green Chemistry. Download a Pocket Guide version of these principles here.
  • For tips on how to reduce chemical use even further, consult EH&S’s Hazardous Waste Minimization guide here.
  • A free chemical inventory template is available here.
  • Need equipment shutoff stickers? Check out Brown University’s stoplight sticker template here.
  • Need a recycling bin? Fill out this form to request a recycling bin.