Green Labs

UAlberta supports its research community by building and operating healthy, safe and green teaching and research labs. Labs are unique environments where communities engage in research and learning, but these activities generate waste and use significant resources. The Green Labs program helps researchers maintain healthy and environmentally responsible labs.

Green Labs Leaders Network

The Green Labs Leaders Network connects lab users who are interested in leading by example and educating the research community about safe and sustainable lab practices. If this sounds like you, join the network today!

Model Green Labs Pilot Project

Model Green Labs show lab users what safe and sustainable labs look like and outline which key features demonstrate sustainable practices. People can visit the labs, learn from users' experiences and participate in the broader green labs community. 

Get to know the model green labs below, or book a tour.

  • Augustana Miquelon Lake Research Station

    Augustana Miquelon Lake Research Station is a state-of-the-art facility run by the faculty at Augustana Campus. The site is perfect for a variety of research, fieldwork, and teaching opportunities, as well as professional development and community events. 

    Sustainability is integral to the site and its operations. The research station is located within a provincial park, surrounded by wildlife, wetlands and boreal forest. The station is fully equipped for overnight or long-term visits. Guests have access to beds, washrooms, a kitchen, a washer and dryer, a dishwasher, and wifi. For work purposes, there is a meeting room, an office, a wet lab, and research equipment.

    Glen Hvenegaard, director of the research station, encourages instructors, researchers and community members to consider ways that they could use the site and to contact him with inquiries.

  • Campus Saint-Jean chemistry lab

    All three of Campus Saint-Jean's laboratories are certified Green Spaces Gold, and the chemistry lab is one of the University of Alberta's four model green labs.

    This achievement isn't surprising, as the chemistry lab has been a site of great ingenuity over the past year. In 2015, undergraduate student Alex Schoeddert found a new way to reduce water waste in the lab. Working with Sarah Pelletier (faculty service officer) and Keshwaree Vima Babooram (faculty service officer and chemistry professor), Schoeddert built a water recycling system that will save up to 7,200 litres of water each year. This initiative helped the Campus Saint-Jean teaching labs win a Campus Sustainability Leadership Award in April 2016.

  • Jason Dyck cardiovascular research lab

    Jason Dyck's cardiovascular research lab made waves this summer when it acquired a new piece of equipment that will help make experiments a whole lot greener. The machine is named Wes, and its technology will eliminate the need for traditional western blotting, a common and resource-intensive procedure. (Read more about Wes.)

    The lab started participating in the Green Labs program three years ago, and it was the university's first medical research lab to get a Green Spaces gold certification. In honour of these ongoing sustainability efforts, the team received a Campus Sustainability Leadership Award in 2015.

  • West Group chemistry lab

    Chemistry often gets a bad rap when it comes to sustainability, but many lab users are hoping to turn that reputation around. Professor Frederick West's research lab team, also known as the West Group, advocates for doing lab work with sustainability in mind.

    To that end, the lab is getting rid of water aspirators and installing alternative aspirators that use compressed air to function. This change could save the lab about 16,000 litres of water every single day!