Research and innovation occur everyday at Washington University in St. Louis. Our faculty, staff, and students are pursuing ground-breaking discoveries in all major disciplines across our campuses. The Green Labs program is a set of resources designed to reduce the environmental footprint of our 1.6 million square feet of lab space.

By making small changes to reduce energy use, water consumption, waste generation, and chemical use in the laboratory setting, we can limit negative environmental impacts. Many of these changes are easy to incorporate into the lab’s daily operations – all while upholding the priorities of research integrity, education, and safety.

Participation in the Green Labs program begins by nominating or volunteering at least one person to lead the sustainability efforts in your lab space. Next, by making the commitment and incorporating the program resources into your labs, you can begin implementing green practices throughout your lab.

Join the Green Labs Program!

By signing the form below, you commit to make a reasonable effort to implement change in your lab space.

News & Progress

Check out these articles and posts about important Green Labs events, progress, and news happening around you.

Committed Green Labs

Here’s a list of labs that committed to reducing the environmental impacts of their research.

Ultra-Low Temp (-80) Freezers

By switching to High Efficiency (HE) ULT freezers, WashU can reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by ~2,000 metric tons per year.

Green Labs Resources

Here are some comprehensive resources and tips & tricks for maintaining and improve your green laboratory.


Green Labs Signage Request

Click here to request a series of posters and stickers to easily communicate sustainable best practices throughout labs.

Lab Spotlight

The Jackrel Lab

The Jackrel Lab in the Department of Chemistry collects expanded polystyrene (styrofoam) coolers and takes them to Foam Products Corporation in Maryland Heights, MO to be recycled!

The Analytical Biogeochemistry Lab

The Analytical Biogeochemistry Lab in Earth and Planetary Sciences saves soft plastics, bags, and packaging and takes them to a local store to be recycled!