Are you unsure where to find the answers to certain survey questions? Check the recommendations below for information sources.

Ask for a show of hands at a lab meeting or ask your staff via our internal survey:

  • EN1: How many employees set lab electronics to sleep mode?
  • EN2: How many employees use task lighting instead of overhead lighting?
  • EN4: How many employees use natural lighting whenever possible?
  • EN5: How many employees close windows when heating or air conditioning is active?
  • EN6: How many employees adapt to varying lab temperatures by wearing layered clothing?
  • WM10: How many employees use rechargeable batteries in place of disposables?
  • TR1: What percentage of employees routinely get to campus using something other than a single-occupancy vehicle (SOV)?
  • ED2: How many employees are informed on the special materials that can be recycled at OSU?
  • ED4: How many employees have completed diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) training/learning, such as OSU's Social Justice Education Initiative (SJEI)?


Ask the lab manager/administrator:

  • EN7: Our are appliances Energy Star certified? If so, which appliances?
  • EN10: Are any of our refrigerators/freezers in the lab built earlier than 15 years?
  • TR2: How many miles are flown by plane as a result of work in your lab per year?
  • ED2: Is your team informed on the special materials that can be recycled at OSU?
  • ED6: To what extent does your lab utilize the OSU Search Advocates Program during recruitment for non-student employees?
  • ED7: What types of social justice-related communications or engagement does your lab promote monthly via newsletters, departmental websites, lab meetings, or other outlets? 

Ask the person who handles purchasing in your lab:

  • LP2: Does your lab only purchase computer-related equipment that is EnergyStar compliant and/or certified with an EPEAT rating of at least Gold?
  • LP3: Does your lab utilize equipment communally among multiple labs?

Email the Sustainability Office:

  • WC2: What is your sink aerator flow rate?
  • Any survey question that you are not sure how to answer


The Sustainability Office provides an internal survey to help gather data required by the main Green Lab Certification Survey. For example, the Internal Employee Survey might help you answer question EN1, which asks you to indicate what portion of electronics are off or asleep after one hour of activity.

PLEASE NOTE: Use of the Internal Employee Survey is not mandatory. If you prefer to estimate answers rather than ask fellow employees, please do so. The Internal Employee Survey is intended to help you find answers to certain questions from the main survey, not to complicate the process. 

If you would like to utilize the Internal Employee Survey, please email the Sustainability Office. We will send you a survey link you can distribute to fellow employees and lab members; then we will either give you access to the survey data via Qualtrics or send you the data in an email once the results are in, depending on your preference.


The OSU Sustainability Office is the main resource for this section. Feel free to reach out via sustainability@oregonstate.edu

How to:

Change Your Computer Sleep/Hibernation Settings:

Change "sleep" or "low-power mode" settings on devices to save energy after a specified time (recommended no longer than 30 min.).

  • Copiers & Printers: Most copiers and printers have energy-saver buttons to configure settings, or sometimes this is found under general settings. If you cannot find how to change the power settings, most models have tutorials online.
  • Computers:
  1. Open the Control Panel
  2. Search for "Power Options" (without quotations)
  3. Select "Change Power-Saving Settings"
  4. Select the "Power Saver" power plan
  5. From the side bar, select "choose when to turn off the display" and select how long you want the display to be on

Contact Your Building Manager

Each building has at least one building manager who can assist with general questions or direct you to the correct person. By clicking the title link above, you can search by building to find out who your building manager is, and view any current work orders.


Create a Work Order:

If something is broken or running inefficiently, you can submit a Work Order form through OSU Facilities Services in the title link above.

Freezer/Refrigerator Inspections:

Samples that are no longer needed or viable should be removed from freezers/refrigerators at least annually. Freezer/refrigerator doors should also be inspected at least monthly for frost accumulation around door seal gaskets. To learn more about best freezer practices, click the title link. 

Request Replacement of Incandescent Light Bulbs:

If you know of any incandescent lights in your lab and would like them changed to CFLs or LEDs, please email the Sustainability Office with a request. CFLs use 75% less energy than incandescent lighting!

High-Energy Sterilizers (combustion ovens, autoclaves, etc.):

To minimize energy consumption, use high-energy sterilized only when your lab (or group of labs) can run a full load. For more information about autoclaves/sterilizer best practices, click the title link from "My Green Lab."

Lowering Fume Hood Sashes:

Fume hood sashes should be shut or lowered to a height of fewer than 2 inches when not in use to conserve energy. To learn more about the energy costs and savings associated with lowering a fume hood sash, click the title link to be directed to the U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program.



Campus Recycling is the main resource for this section. Feel free to reach out to Andrea Norris, the Marketing & Development Coordinator for Campus Recycling.


The OSU Sustainability Office is the main resource for this section. Feel free to reach out via sustainability@oregonstate.edu.



OSU Transportation Services is the main resource for this section. Feel free to reach out to Sarah Bronstein, the Transportation Options Coordinator, for any questions.


The OSU Sustainability Office is the main resource for this section. Feel free to reach out via sustainability@oregonstate.edu.

  • Subscribe to the Sustainability at OSU monthly newsletter here.
    • This newsletter provides information on events, projects, and news at OSU and within the community.
  • Learn about special recyclables and access printable materials here.
  • Read about our Sustainability Advocates group and learn how to join or work with the group.
  • Learn about how to participate in OSU's Social Justice Education Initiative (SJEI)
  • Read about and learn how to utilize the OSU Search Advocate Program for non-student employee recruitment.
  • Print a brochure highlighted sustainability around OSU here.
    • These brochures are especially applicable if your lab is a high traffic area for visitors, students, or staff
  • Use the Sustainability Events Calendar for events on campus and in the community. This can be used to find events to encourage your staff and lab members to attend or advertise your own sustainability related event to more people.




  • Comparison of Light Bulbs:

  • Sink Aerator:

Attached to a sink tap, an aerator screws onto the tip of the faucet and mixes air and water to increase pressure for the user while decreasing water usage. The flow rate in gallons per minute (gpm) is typically stamped on the side of the aerator. If you need help identifying your building's aerator flow rates, please email the Sustainability Office.

  • Surge Protector:

A device designed to protect electrical devices from voltage spikes by blocking or shorting to ground any unwanted voltages above a safe threshold.

  • Task Lighting:

Lighting that aids in illuminating personal activities such as reading, lab work, etc. It can be recessed or tracking lighting, or portable floor or desk lamps. Task lighting saves energy compared to overhead lighting that brightens spaces not always needed.