Financial Support

Green Labs Fund

Have an innovative idea to reduce the environmental impact of your research activities or lab? This is your fund!

Your innovative plan could make you the next lucky recipient of up to $4,000!

All UBC Vancouver and Okanagan staff, faculty and students are eligible to apply.

The 2020 application cycle is now closed. Stay tuned for next year’s cycle.

Previous Projects Funded


  • A lab in the UBC School Of Architecture and Landscape Architecture received $4000 and is working on implementing a reusable molding material to reduce the large amount of materials used each year for modeling student projects. If successful they hope to use a renewable wax substance year after year, and reduce the waste currently associated with their student design projects.
  • A research lab in the BioDiversity Research Center, Department of Zoology received $2000* to implement a pilot program to reclaim single use plastics, and distribute them to labs that can use the reclaimed scientific plastics. They intend to develop a usable and scalable model that can be expanded across campus.
    * this project was funded separately by the Green Labs Program


  • Botany received $2500 to test new generation light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for plant growth chambers. The project will reduce energy consumption and use of mercury. The department has close to 100 environmental chambers, if successful, the project has significant potential for scalability.
  • An Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences department lab received $3070 to test a new method for seawater preservation. This will reduce the use of toxic chemicals (mercury).
  • UBCO Chemistry received $1580 to develop a custom water circulator for cooling to cool reflux and distillation systems. This project will reduce laboratory water usage.


The Biochemistry third and forth year teaching labs at Point Grey campus received $4000 to replace their water cooled stills with an ultrafiltration water purification system. The project helps to reduce water and energy consumption.


A Biology department research lab at UBCO received $1000 to replace water baths and ice buckets with reusable Lab Armor beads. The project helps to reduce water and energy consumption.


The Centre for Blood Research at the Life Science Centre received $3600 to purchase a Lancer Dishwasher 100 hole pipette rack. This pilot project demonstrates the benefits of using a more efficient rack that cleans up to 100 glass pipettes at a time. This reduces water consumption, energy use, and solid waste (use of glass pipettes instead of plastic pipettes).


  • UBCO Chemical Engineering received $2,500 for its Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) waste reduction project.
  • UBCO Chemistry Unit 3 received $2,500 for its Water Aspirator Replacement project.
  • UBCO Health and Exercise Sciences received $1,000 for its Sustainable Support of Undergraduate Student Research and Education through Anatomical Models project.


  • Michael Smith Labs received $925 to demonstrate the benefits from the properties of light-emitting diode (LED) technology to reduce energy consumption, heat production, use of toxic chemicals (mercury), as well as to optimize the quality of light for the growth of plants.
  • The James Hogg Research Centre received $350 for their project to recycle bio-organic material to benefit wild raptor rehabilitation facilities.


  • UBC Malcolm Knapp Research Forest (MKRF) received $5,000 for the rehabilitation of old forestry research project sites and the clean-up of abandoned research installations at MKRF project.


  • The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering received $1,978 to demonstrate the benefit of a living bio-wall to the indoor air quality of research buildings.
  • The Department of Mining and Engineering received $3,420 to demonstrate a water reduction opportunity by implementing an alternative to water aspirators.
  • The iCapture Centre received $1,000 for a Styrofoam reduction and recycling pilot project.


  • The Department of Chemistry received funds to replace mercury manometers with electrical devices.
  • The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering received fund to develop a chemical and equipment database.


  • The iCAPTURE Centre received $2,000 for a Green Research Challenge and material substitution initiative.

Energy Efficient UltraLow Temperature (-80/-70) Freezer Rebate

Does you lab have an old ultra-low temperature freezer (ULT) that needs to be replaced, or are you looking to purchase a new one? This fund is designed to help you afford an energy efficient model.

*Please note that funding for this year has been exhausted.


  • $3,500 to replace a ULT 10 years or older. The replacement must consume no more than 9.4 kWh/day at -80°C
  • $2,000 for a new energy efficient ULT consuming no more than 9.4 kwh/day at -80°C
  • $1,500 to replace a ULT 10 years or older with a new ULT consuming no more than 21 kwh/day

To qualify for an option above, the new ULT must have capacity for at least 400 two inch boxes. Contact UBC Green Labs to discuss options for smaller models or models consuming 7 kWh/day or less at -80°C.

Conditions: Labs must provide proof that new equipment has been purchased and that old equipment has been retired. Labs receiving funding may be featured in a story and/or have freezer energy consumption metered.

For more details see application, or contact Hannah Land at UBC Green Labs