Certification Rankings

Levels of certification are determined by percentage points calculated based on the online self-assessment and walk-through evaluation.


Platinum (Pt): Achieved by labs with exceptional continuous sustainable practices and labs who maintain their level of certification by showing their overall commitment to reducing their carbon footprint. Labs must achieve 90% of total points to receive a Platinum certification.

Gold (Au): Granted to labs who incorporate an excellent amount of sustainable practices and labs devoted to goals of improvement. Labs must achieve 75% - 89% of total points to receive a Gold certification.

Silver (Ag): Awarded to labs who incorporated a great amount of sustainable practices. Labs must achieve between 61% - 74% of total points to receive Silver certification.

Copper (Cu): Given to labs who have incorporated a substantial amount of sustainable practices. Labs must be between 50% - 60% of total points to receive a Copper certification.


Recertification (Pilot)

We are currently reintroducing RE-CERTIFICATIONS of labs.

If you are interested in undergoing recertification, make a copy of our new in-house Green Lab Self-Assessment to begin!


Phase 1: Make an Appointment During Green Labs Certification Office Hours

 Green Lab Assessment document - make a copy and fill out the first page of Lab Information and email with a suggested meeting day & time within our Office Hours! (15 minutes)


Winter Quarter Recertifications On-Campus Office Hours are:
Wednesdays 11-1pm & 3-4pm
Thursdays 11:30-1pm
Friday 10-2pm
Email to: greenlabs-group@ucsc.edu


Phase 2: Walk-through & Assessment Review

A quick walkthrough of lab space conducted by a member of the Green Labs team along with a conversation of your current sustainable practices in-lab. (30-45 minutes)


Phase 3: Follow-Up 

Certification awarded along with Green Labs package. 



  • Recognition as a model for cutting edge laboratory sustainability
  • Increased research efficiency
  • Access to resources provided by the UC Green Lab team
  • Certified labs qualify for retrofit and equipment upgrade programs*
  • Karma bonus points for environmental friendliness!