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Join faculty, staff, and students to learn more about safe and sustainable research practices

Ongoing campaigns left under “Get Involved” banner and additional involvement options right in the “Learn More” box top of page

2020 Freezer Challenge campaign is in full swing!
Down time due to the COVID-19?
A great time to do some housekeeping and sample management is a great place to start!

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2017 Fall Theme: Sustainable Purchasing

Lunch & Learn - November 7, 2017

The Green Labs Lunch and Learns are a great way to get more information and network with others on campus regarding greening your lab.

What: FREE lunch with informative presentations
When: Tuesday November 7, 2017 (11:45am – 1:15pm)
Where: Room 3340, Pharmaceutical Sciences Building (2405 Wesbrook Mall)
Details: Participants learned about UBC’s sustainable purchasing initiatives and how to promote best practices in labs and workspaces. Speakers from sustainable lab plastics manufacturer Labcon, energy efficient ultra-low temperature freezer manufacturers Stirling Ultracold, Thermo Scientific and the Green Labs committee shared tips on how you can reduce the environmental impact of lab purchasing decisions.

Campaigns, Activities & Events
Huge Opportunity to Win Prizes, Awards and Recognition

During the fiscal year, we host campaigns, events and share new activities for researchers (faculty, staff and students) to participate in that will make their lab greener and reduce their environmental impact.

Quarterly Winners– Each time you participate in or complete an activity (send an email to so we can visit & verify action items within your lab), your name is entered in a draw to win a $100 gift card. With one winner each quarter, what a great incentive to get involved today!

Green Labs Grand Prize – each entry makes you eligible for our end of year grand prize, to be recognized at the annual Sustainability Soiree.
Example: If you’ve read every newsletter and completed every activity over the three quarters, your name will be entered in the grand prize draw 12 times – pretty great odds to win!


Recent Prize Winners

Current winners will be announced as we continue this recognition program, throughout the 2020-21 fiscal year

Fall Shut The Sash winners (scroll to middle of page) all won $100 for their teams

  • Building Competition- Michael Smith Labs
  • Most Improved- Li Lab Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Lowest average sash height- Brumer Research Group
  • Spirit Award and Trophy– Gold Lab Life Sciences Center

Congratulations to Anne Thomas from Chemistry, who won a $100 MEC gift card for her participation in our Spring 2017 Green Labs events.