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As one of the world’s premier research institutions, Stanford is home to approximately 2 million square feet of laboratory space and over 5,000 different research projects at any given time. The cutting-edge research that takes place in these facilities often requires energy intensive equipment that must be run continuously to maintain the integrity of the research. Additionally, because of stringent Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) regulations, labs utilize a host of other systems requiring significantly more energy to operate than you might find in a standard academic building. Thus, lab space often represents a crucial opportunity to increase efficiency and reduce waste. 

The Cardinal Green Labs program aims to provide resources specifically tailored for laboratories to help them operate as sustainably as possible. For questions or suggestions regarding Cardinal Green Labs, please contact


The easiest way to get involved in laboratory sustainability at Stanford is to participate in My Cardinal Green, an online platform that provides you with tailored recommendations based on your responses to a 10-minute assessment. Implement enough recommendations and you'll receive a reward of your choice—a $75 cash reward, a sustainability enhancing item or experience, or charitable donation equivalent to that amount.

You can also learn more about Stanford's green lab resources by perusing program webpages listed below and taking the Cardinal Green Labs online training. 


The Cardinal Green Labs online sustainability training module is designed to educate the typical lab user to exercise sustainable behavior around lab supply purchasing, chemical use, energy efficiency, proper waste disposal, water consumption, and more. The web-based course can also be found in STARS under course number SST-7000. If you have any feedback on the course, please reach out to Taking the course can also earn you 10 points in My Cardinal Green.



 Green Chemistry


Energy Programs


Lab Waste


Water Conservation