University of Bristol – reducing the impact of research laboratories

The University of Bristol has become the first university in the world to achieve institutional Green Labs Certification. Each of their 990 laboratories have gained certification through The Laboratory Efficiency Assessment Framework (LEAF) Programme, through which staff, students and the wider STEM community considered the direct impact of research activities themselves. Laboratories are essential for research and learning, but have five times the environmental impact of offices. LEAF reduces their environmental impact, saving water, plastic, energy and other resources through better waste management, equipment efficiency, chemical management and procurement.

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