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Sustainability efforts gain institutional support and international recognition

The MRSEC’s sustainability initiative for research labs expanded in its second year to 29 labs across Penn State University Park and six branch campuses. Over 400 researchers have been involved thus far. Labs completing My Green Lab certification can be paired with one of 17 undergraduate Sustainable Lab Ambassadors who apply their sustainability training to the lab setting through engaged scholarship. MRSEC Education Director Kristin Dreyer spearheaded the launch of this program and facilitates further institutional investment by Penn State Sustainability.

Quantitative operational impact data is captured by waste audits, plug load measurements, and water usage analysis.

The International Institute of Sustainable Laboratories awarded an Honorable Mention to Penn State’s program in 2023.