Smart Science Sustainability Training: Educating Scientists About Best Practices Through a New, Interactive Training Program

James Connelly, International Living Future Institute

Educating scientists about sustainability best practices is the most effective way to ensure that laboratories operate safely and sustainably. A new, comprehensive training program for scientists is now available. Developed by My Green Lab in partnership with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) as part of the Smart Labs Accelerator Program, these Smart Science training videos cover best practices for reducing energy, water, and waste, as well as how to incorporate green chemistry and sustainable procurement into experimental design. This resource also includes comprehensive quizzes and an interactive platform for discussion. With this new tool we expect sustainability training to become as ubiquitous and essential as safety training.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will learn about the Smart Labs Accelerator Toolkit and the resources provided therein;
  • Participants will learn about the content of the Smart Science Training Program and how this content can be used to augment existing Green Labs efforts or can be used on its own as a stand-alone program;
  • Participants will learn how to access the Smart Science Training Program; and
  • Participants will learn how the Smart Science Training Program fits into the Smart Labs Accelerator Program.


A GreenBiz 30 under 30 sustainable business leader, James Connelly is the Vice President of Product and Strategic Growth at the International Living Future Institute.

As VP of Strategic Growth, he leads ILFI in developing strategy and cultivating new business and partnership opportunities to grow the Institute’s impact and capabilities globally.

As VP of Products, James provides strategic leadership for the Institute’s corporate and manufacturing initiatives including the Living Product Challenge (a program that re-imagines the design and manufacturing of products to function as elegantly and efficiently as anything found in the natural world), Just (a social justice and corporate responsibility label for leading progressive organizations), Declare (an innovative ingredients transparency label and database of non-toxic sustainably sourced products).

James leads the Institute’s strategic consulting for corporations and conducts technical consulting for high profile Living Building Challenge projects both in the US and internationally.

Prior to joining the Institute in 2012, James received a Fulbright fellowship to conduct research on green building rating systems in China. James is a frequent national and international speaker on regenerative design, sustainable business, ecological manufacturing and affordable housing. He is an avid writer and his research and commentary has been featured in news outlets such as China Dialogue, Trim Tab, BuildingGreen, GreenBiz and Engineering News Record.


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