In 2011, the University of Michigan spearheaded a unique program called the Sustainable Lab Recognition Program to instill sustainability into teaching and research laboratories across the campus. Five years into the program, the university has been successful in engaging nearly 200 labs. The state of Michigan adopted this program conceptually and introduced it to other higher education institutions and organizations through a series of workshops. Participating labs embrace best lab practices in order to practice or implement green chemistry, energy and utilities conservation, recycling, and behavioral changes in their operations.
While there are many measurable benefits from this program, the university also encountered some barriers and challenges. This presentation will take a closer look at the metrics captured and discuss both the accomplishments and challenges of the program.
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Dr. Sudhakar Reddy has many years of experience in green chemistry and sustainability. He has developed many green methods in analytical chemistry to measure target chemicals. Based on a green method developed by Dr. Reddy's group, Dionex has redesigned their Accelerated Solvent Extractor to measure polychlorinated biphenyls in the air. He received several awards to recognize his contributions towards sustainability. Dr. Reddy has published 30 papers and delivered invited talks on lab safety and sustainability.