My Green Lab Certification Program

Certified Labs

Laboratory Certification Level School / College # of Times Certified Valid Until
COPLOW Lab School of Veterinary Medicine 1 October 2025
Koch Lab College of Agriculture & Life Sciences 1 October 2025
Bolling Research Group College of Agriculture & Life Sciences 1 October 2025
Next Generation Sequencing Core 1 October 2025

Levels of Certification

There are five levels of certification: bronze, silver, gold, platinum, and green.

The level of certification is determined by the score on the certification assessment.  It reflects both the percentage of possible green lab best practices that have been adopted and the extent to which they have been adopted by the lab. Rather than requiring labs to complete a discrete set of activities to achieve each level, this program allows lab members to focus on what they can change at that time and achieve higher levels of certification as they are able to adopt more best practices.​

Program Summary

Dates Milestone Description
July 1 - August 15 Registration Interested UW-Madison laboratories must complete the registration form by August 15th to participate in the upcoming program. The first 50 laboratories to sign-up will be enrolled in the program.
August 16 - September 1 Lab Setup An Office of Sustainability Intern will be assigned as your project manager. They will setup your virtual workspace. The primary lab contact will fill out a spreadsheet listing the names and emails of each lab member.
August 16 - September 14 Kickoff Your project manager will conduct a 30-minute teleconference kickoff call with leaders laboratory leaders.
September 15 - October 15 Baseline Assessment The My Green Lab organization will email a baseline assessment to each lab member. The self-assessment takes up to 1-hour to complete.
Note: For laboratories under 10 members, all members must complete the assessment. For laboratories with 10 or more members, a minimum of 50% of the members must complete the assessment.
October 16 - October 31 Feedback The My Green Lab organization will generate a feedback report and presentation. Your project manager will upload the report and presentation into your virtual workspace.
October 16 - October 31 Action Tracker The project manager will create an action tracker in your lab's virtual workspace. The action tracker will allow your lab members to prioritize which sustainable lab practices the group will undertake.
October 16 - November 30 Site Visit The project manager will setup a site visit to review the Action Tracker and perform an optional walkthrough of your laboratory. Please budget a minimum of 1.5 hours.
November 1 - March 15 Improvement Lab members will implement operational and behavioral changes that are selected in the Action Tracker.
March 16 - April 15 Reassessment The My Green Lab organization will email a reassessment to each lab member. The re-assessment takes up to 1-hour to complete.
Note: For laboratories under 10 members, all members must complete the reassessment. For laboratories with 10 or more members, a minimum of 50% of the members must complete the reassessment.
May 1 - May 30 Certification The My Green Lab organization will assign a certification based on your reassessment score.
June 1 - June 30 Communications The My Green Lab organization will issue a certificate to display at your laboratory and a virtual badge to display on your website. The Office of Sustainability will update its webpage and issue University-wide communications for your accomplishment.
+2 years Recertification The My Green Lab Certification will be valid for 2 years. You are encouraged to reapply for the My Green Lab Certification program because laboratory sustainability is a dynamic and evolving topic— new technologies and products can redefine best practices and opportunities. My Green Lab reviews and updates its programs periodically.