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Greening Labs Resource List


Green chemistry and sustainable laboratory practices


Key Resources

Pacific NW Pollution Prevention Resource Center

Green Lab Alliance – A non-profit alliance of academic, nonprofit, and medical sectors whose mission is to advance and promote laboratory sustainability best practices and build a culture of continuous improvement.

  • facebook.com/GreenLabAlliance
  • Twitter: @grnlaballiance


  • 3/12/13: “Green Chemistry and Sustainable Laboratory Practices”  This webinar is a good place to learn green and sustainable laboratory basics. Learn what you can do at the bench-scale in your laboratory to incorporate these concepts and practices. Join us for discussion, case studies, and a wealth of tools and contacts to get started and establish a framework for next steps. Presenters include: Cellnetix’s David Simpkins, PPRC’s own Brian Pentilla, Green Lab Alliance’s Jill Tepe, and Kristi Budzinksi. Moderated by PPRC’s Cathy Buller.

Definition, separation of terms

  • “Green chemistry” defined here
  • “Pollution prevention” defined here
  • “Twelve Principles of Green Chemistry” here
  • Book:  “Green Chemistry, Theory and Practice” by John Warner and Paul Anastas at Amazon

Identifying opportunities, issues

Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology (BCST)

WA State Dept. of Ecology

US EPA Chemical Action Plans

  • Action plans summarize available hazard, exposure, and use information on chemicals; outline the risks that each chemical may present; and identify the specific steps the Agency is taking to address those concerns.

American Chemical Society(ACS)

Practical, tangible tips & solutions

  • Alfred University (Alfred, NY) Chemical substitution selection guide.
  • Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry here
  • BizNGO (Business-NGO Working Group) Guide to Safer Chemicals; Chemical Alternatives Assessment Protocol; plus links to conference and webinar proceedings
  • Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Workplace Safety & Health Topic:  Nanotechnology
  • Green Screen for Safer Chemicals (from Clean Production Action) A method for comparative Chemical Hazard Assessment (CHA) that can be used for identifying chemicals of high concern and safer alternatives.  Includes links to workshops, webinars and pocasts.
  • Harvard Green Labshere
  • King County, WA Laboratory Waste Management Guide here
  • LabRATS – Laboratory Resources, Advocates, and Teamwork for Sustainability   UCSB program devoted to how researchers practice science, conserve resources and become more efficient
  • Labs21 – Labs for the 21st Century – EPA and DOE lab resources
    • Energy Efficient Laboratory Equipment wiki
    • Green Chemical Alternatives Purchasing Wizard
    • EHS guide to nucleic acid stain alternatives
  • Mt. Baker Bio     life science manufacturer and supply company developing products and services to make the biomedical community greener.
  • PPRC Small Healthcare /best management practices / Administration website
  • Rowan University developed a solvent selection toolkit applicable to pharmaceutical manufacturing. The tool covers solvents that should be avoided, their environmental impact, and health and safety issues associated with specific solvents. Access this tool, login using ‘guest’ as username and password. Click on “Software”, then go to LCA Resources.
  • S-Lab – Safe, Successful and Sustainable Laboratories program from the UK
  • Stanford
  • Sustainable Laboratory Design    Whole Building Design Guide / National Institute of Building Sciences
  • UC Davis National Freezer Week competition. Freezer efficiency and clean out challenge
  • University of Washington – Great metrics communication examples and new in-house Green Lab Certification program
  • US EPA Design for Env’t (EPA DfE)   Alternatives Assessment resources

Case studies – practices & products

  • U.S. EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards recognizes and promotes innovative chemical technologies that prevent pollution and have broad applicability in industry
  • American Chemical Society (ACS) Green Chemistry Institute annual “Green Chemistry and Engineering” conference
  • CellNetix – Private pathology laboratories in the Pacific Northwest.  Industry example of internal sustainability efforts
  • Genentech – Bio-Pharma leader and industry example of internal sustainability efforts
  • Green Purchasingguide examples from academia:
    • University of Washington Green Purchasing in Labs
    • MIT Lab Purchasing Guide
    • Harvard Lab Purchasing Guide – Includes energy efficiency guide and product recommendations
  • International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL) Labs 21 toolkit
    • Case studies: here
    • Best practices: here

Additional Resources

Recent texts on green analytical methods

  • Challenges in Green Analytical Chemistry, de la Guardia & Garrigues (Editors), 2011, ISBN: 978-1-84973-132-4 here
  • Green Analytical Chemistry, Koel & Kaljurand, 2010,ISBN: 978-1-84755-872-5 here
  • Green Techniques for Organic Synthesis and Medicinal Chemistry, Zhang & Cue (Editors), 2012, ISBN: 978-0-470-71151-4 (includes a chapter on green analytical chemistry) here
  • Handbook of Green Analytical Chemistry, de la Guardia & Garrigues, 2012, ISBN: 978-0-470-97201-4, here
  • Volume 57: Green Analytical Chemistry, Theory and Practice, de la Guardia & Armenta, 2010, ISBN: 9780444537096 here


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