Green Labs Community

Welcome to the Green Labs Community!

The Green Labs Community is a ground- up approach to sustainability in UCC which is run for, and by, the lab community it serves. The aim of this page is to help provide information on how to make your lab more sustainable. Contact the Green Lab Community here to get your lab signed up and involved.

Small changes can make a big difference when we all work together!

Why are we implementing a green labs programme?

We are all aware of the impending challenge of the climate crisis that is facing our world currently. The clock is ticking, and we now (more than ever) need to make substantial changes if we are going to attempt to keep global heating to within 1.5 degrees, as agreed by the Paris Climate Agreement 2015. In order to achieve this, we will have to evaluate all aspects of our lives and get people from all industries involved, including scientific research. Laboratories are some of the most resource-intensive spaces of any industry and they create a lot of waste. This doesn’t have to be the case. By introducing new ideas and following already existing guidelines, there are ways to reduce the impact of research on the environment. Even small changes can make a big impact in areas where sustainability hasn’t always been a priority.

As the first university in the world to receive the Green Flag from the Foundation for Environmental Education, UCC is committed to reducing its impact on the environment. The laboratories play an important role in the university, but are significantly more resource intensive than other areas, as a result it is important to focus on specific ways to reduce their impact.

In order to make labs more sustainable, the lab community in UCC has chosen to follow the LEAF programme. Find out more in the LEAF section.