The desire to follow existing, successful protocols in the lab, combined with the widely-held belief that sustainability is synonymous with sacrifice, have served to marginalize conversations about laboratory sustainability in the past. However, recent years have seen the emergence of Green Lab movements around the world, as scientists have become more conscious of the need to transform laboratories into sustainable spaces. Simple sustainability measures—like closing fume hood sashes—are becoming more widespread, and many scientists are now embracing a holistic approach to laboratory sustainability. This approach and its impacts will be discussed in depth. The presentation will further discuss tangible actions that can be taken to create a safe, sustainable lab with minimal additional effort, including specific actions to reduce energy, water, and waste (including hazardous waste).
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