The LEAF initiative will help you improve the sustainability and efficiency of your laboratories.
What is LEAF?
LEAF contains criteria which lab users can implement around areas such as waste & recycling, equipment management, procurement, and more. Criteria are divided into Bronze, Silver or Gold levels. A key feature of LEAF is that it allows you to quantify your savings and impact in pounds and carbon.
LEAF is being supported by the (UK reproducibility network), as it contains criteria which improve research quality. This is in recognition of the fact that science which is reproducible is the most sustainable of all, and that there are common solutions to improving research quality and sustainability.
This year at UCL, we had 36 teams submit for LEAF (ranging from single labs to full institutes). Early results are positive, and we will be publishing outcomes of the pilot in August 2019.
Who else is talking about LEAF?
- Click to read what SES said about the LEAF pilot
- Click to read a blogpost from the AMRC on LEAF
- Click to read a series of articles from Efficiency Exchange on Sustainable Science, Reproducibility, and LEAF
- Click to see how the University of Bristol is using LEAF
- Click to read an EAUC blog post on LEAF
- Click to read UCL announce LEAF
- Click here to read Universities UK endorse LEAF
- Click here to read an article from C&EN (Chemical & Engineering News) on LEAF, plastics, and more
Who is LEAF for?
- LEAF is intended for anyone working in a lab, including research, teaching, IT, Chemistry, Biology, Medicine, Engineering and clinical spaces. This includes NHS areas.
- LEAF is ideal for technical staff, lab management, PhDs and post-docs with an interest in sustainability, or anyone working around laboratories.
Many laboratories recognise that there are few incentives to improve the sustainability of their environments. LEAF is intended to provide a comparable standard of good practice. LEAF can help inspire new measures,
UCL is developing LEAF with a group of research-intensive universities, including King’s College London, Cambridge, and Bristol. The goal is to evidence the impact from a wide group of universities, to show that your efforts do make a difference. Evidence from the pilot will be presented to research funding bodies and the wider community. We’re hoping that the funding bodies will use this data to help drive extensive sustainable research, so your involvement makes a difference beyond your labs!
What did LEAF achieve?
Who is using LEAF?
- University College London
- King’s College London
- Imperial University
- Queen Mary, University of London
- University of Brighton
- London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
- University of Edinburgh
- University of Glasgow
- University of Strathclyde
- Swansea University
- University College Cork
- University of Bristol
- Manchester Metropolitan University
- University of Manchester
- University of East Anglia
- Cambridge University
- Francis Crick Institute