Green Labs Funding
Labs have the opportunity to apply for funding to help cover the cost of implementing sustainable laboratory practices. Funding for Green Labs is made available through the Sustainability Enhancement Fund. The SEF provides support for those seeking sustainable solutions that reduce the environmental impact of research and lab activities.
Projects may address one or more of the following areas:
- Energy and water efficiency
- Sustainable lab supplies/purchasing
- Recycling and waste-reduction
- Chemical use and disposal
- Lab user behaviours
Any recognized University of Alberta student, staff, or Faculty member working in a laboratory that currently participates in one or more Green Labs projects is eligible to apply. Green Labs projects include the Green Spaces Certification Program - Labs, Shut the Sash, and the Leaders Network. All undergraduate or graduate student projects must include a Faculty mentor.
Preferential consideration may be given to project proposals that:
- Demonstrate a connection to the university’s Sustainability Plan
- Link lab practices, safety, and sustainability
- Create benefits for the whole UAlberta laboratory community
- Generate financial savings for the university
- Are submitted by labs that are Green Spaces certified
- Come with matching funds or a payback agreement
- Are scalable beyond a pilot implementation
- Operational expenses / historical spending
- Conference fees, bursaries, scholarships
Developing Greener Experiments in Organic Chemistry Laboratory Curriculum – Hayley Wan (staff), Faculty of Science.
This project will examine individual laboratory experiments in the undergraduate organic chemistry curriculum to determine: a) if the amount of chemical waste can be reduced, b) if the chemical waste can be recycled for use in other experiments, c) if less toxic starting materials and reagents can be employed, and d) if the total amount of water use can be reduced.
Recycling Waste Acetone to Reduce the Need for Chemical Waste Disposal – Hayley Wan (staff), Faculty of Science.
This project will pilot a solvent recycling program in the Department of Chemistry. The project will have financial and environmental benefits by reclaiming 6,000 litres of waste acetone from undergraduate research labs and research labs. It is estimated to save up to $8,000 in annual waste disposal costs and over $13,000 that would have previously been spent on new acetone.
Upgrading Solvent Stills to Solvent Purification Systems for Water Economy and Lab Safety – Dennis Hall (faculty), Faculty of Science.
Funding supports new solvent purification systems that will save water, increase lab safety and support the campus-wide green labs initiative. It is estimated that this project will save about 2 million litres of water per year.
Chief Sustainability Officer
Office of Sustainability