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Safe & Sustainable Labs

The Safe & Sustainable Research Program works with many other departments, both academic and administrative, to ensure a collaborative and holistic approach to reducing wasted resources at MIT.

Educate and Motivate

We all know it’s true – what happens here changes the world! MIT researchers are already working on sustainable technology from recycling-sorting robots to oil-gobbling bacteria.

While MIT’s research laboratories occupy only about 25% of the physical footprint of the campus, they collectively account for over 65% of campus energy use and emissions. Much of this energy is essential to provide a safe and a productive research environment, but when everyone is thoughtful about their individual and lab-group energy use, lab waste, and other habits, it makes a really big difference.  MIT offers programs and resources that help every scientist do their part, whether if its personal in in your daily life in the lab, or if you want to help MIT reach its goal of 32% reduction in emissions by 2030.

Safe & Sustainable Labs

Learn about simple actions to make labs more sustainable, environment friendly and efficient.


The Certification Program is an easy, informative, and interactive way for individual laboratories and groups to discover the ways that they can save energy, resources, and more while conducting their research.

Cold Storage

Best practices on managing ultra-low temperature (ULT) freezers and incentive programs for promoting efficient, effective sample storage for laboratories.

Green Chemistry

A set of principles that reduces or eliminates the use or generation of hazardous substances in the design, manufacture and application of chemical products.