DUWC Laboratory Receives Duke Green Lab Certification


The DUWC Laboratory has been certified as a Duke Green Lab at the Silver level.  Lab Manager Belen de la Barrera has been working to improve the Wetland Center’s green research practices and train students in sustainability.

The Duke University Wetland Center Laboratory has been certified as a Duke Green Lab. The Green Lab program, run by the University's Office of Sustainability, recognizes campus labs that successfully manage their environmental impacts.

Labs use five times as much energy as an office or classroom space. In addition, labs utilize hazardous chemicals and large volumes of consumable supplies. Duke's green lab certification process provides research and instructional staff with specific goals for energy and water conservation, carbon offsets, chemical storage, and recycling.

There are three certification levels—Bronze, Silver and Gold—that depend on how many prerequisite procedures labs successfully follow. “The Wetland Center has been working to meet these green practices and training our students in sustainability principles,” said DUWC Lab Manager Belen de la Barrera. “The certification is renewed every year. This year we have achieved the Silver status, and we will continue to implement and improve our practices.”

November 19, 2019