Building a global culture of sustainability in the lab
About the session
My Green Lab is a non-profit organization with a mission to build a global culture of sustainability in science. While science supports the development of world-changing and life-saving breakthroughs every day, it is an unfortunate reality that scientific research itself also has a significant environmental impact. Labs use up to 10 times more energy than a commercial office building, four times more water, and produce over 5.5 million metric tons of plastic waste a year, 2% of global production. Therefore, it is important to consider the carbon impact of research as well as single-use plastic, both of which have a significant effect on the health of our oceans. Small changes in behavior in the lab can add up. In this session, we'll offer tips and tricks that you can implement in your lab today to help you reduce your environmental impact and join a global movement that is transforming science through sustainability.