The overarching tip is to be more mindful and intentional in your work.  Simply take a moment to think through the impact of your behavior – you’d be surprised how many simple and easy things can be done to make your lab more sustainable.


Turn off lights and equipment when not in use


If you have -80C freezers, adjust the set point to -70C instead


Eliminate single pass cooling (this is often used in chemistry experiments as a way to cool down a reaction)


Install aerators on faucets


Use vendor take-back programs for Styrofoam, water filter cartridges, equipment, etc


Close fume hood sashes


If your organization offers recycling for lab materials, recycle!