Michigan Green Labs Initiative Workshop

Agency: Environmental Quality

Making Labs Safer and More Sustainable
August 12, 2014

Michigan State University

East Lansing, Michigan

The second annual Green Labs workshop was graciously hosted by Michigan State University. Presentations were given by MSU on HVAC controls, energy conservation, and reducing chemical hazards without hindering research. We also shared additional case studies and best practices and distributed MGLI materials that can serve as the basis of a program for implementation at your institution. 

The Michigan Green Labs Initiative (MGLI) is a project of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality supported by a U.S. EPA grant. The MGLI seeks to deliver resources to and partner with institutions in Michigan to implement green laboratory practices. The University of Michigan Office of Campus Sustainability and Michigan State University are partnering to provide resources and expertise after implementing their own sustainable labs programs and projects. Ultimately, we hope your institution will become a partner and start a pilot green labs project or program.

Opportunities for Michigan Green Labs partner institutions:

  • Join as partner for your organization, department, or individual labs.
  • Contribute to a network of green labs practitioners.
  • Provide input on materials to help institutions find green and sustainable practices and solutions.
  • Pilot methods at your institution. Report results to the green labs community.



Registration and Refreshments


Welcome and Introduction to MGLI
Jennifer Battle, Director of Sustainability, Michigan State University


Introduction to Workshop
Bob Ceru, Michigan State University
Chris Affeldt, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality


Energy Conservation and HVAC Controls in Laboratories
 - MSU Energy Transition Plan Overview

Dave Erickson, Cathy Huddy, and Stu Neils, Michigan State University


Reducing the Amount of Chemicals in MSU–Chemistry without Hindering Research Work
Ardeshir Azadnia, PhD, Michigan State University




How to Start a Green Labs Program in your Organization
Sudhakar Reddy, PhD, University of Michigan


Michigan Green Labs Initiative – Resources and Opportunities
Chris Affeldt, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality


Questions and Discussion


Lunch in Atrium


Lab Tours: Molecular Plant Science Building and Biochemistry Building
Bob Ceru, Dave Erickson, Cathy Huddy, and Stu Neils, Michigan State University




Michigan Green Labs Initiative (MGLI)  For more information on the MGLI, visit the Michigan Green Chemistry Clearing house at http://migreenchemistry.org/education/green-labs/.