Tufts Green Labs Initiative was launched in accordance with the 2013 Campus Sustainability Council Report recommendation that “Laboratory and hospital facilities have some of the largest impacts on each campus and warrant special attention.” Research laboratories and hospital facilities are one of the most impactful locations across Tufts campuses due to their large production of waste and heavy use of water and energy. The Green Labs Initiative was created to:
Identify resource-saving opportunities in laboratories and clinics.
Work with lab suppliers to reduce packaging waste through volume or material substitutions, take-back programs (e.g. for toners, cartridges, empty containers, etc.), and new recycling opportunities.
Include sustainability-related content in required lab and clinic training programs and materials.