ARDMORE, Okla. — Four Noble Research Institute laboratories recently participated in the My Green Lab sustainability certification program. Noble is the first research organization in Oklahoma to participate in the program.
My Green Lab’s certification is the standard for laboratory sustainability best practices in the United States. Designed for individual laboratories, the certification program identifies energy-saving and water-saving measures, opportunities for waste reduction, and ways to minimize the use of hazardous chemicals.
Four Noble laboratories met the criteria to participate as part of Noble’s pilot group. Each laboratory had one year to identify areas for improvement before completing a comprehensive online assessment. They were assessed in the following areas: electricity, lighting, cold storage, fume hoods and ventilation, water, inventory management, recycling waste reduction, hazardous waste, green chemistry, field work, and community.
Based on the assessment results, each laboratory received a certification achievement level: green, platinum, gold, silver or bronze. Noble’s Functional Genomics Laboratory and Microbial Symbiology Laboratory reached the platinum level, the Molecular Plant Nutrition Laboratory reached the gold level, and the Molecular Plant Microbe Laboratory reached the silver level.
As a result of the program, Noble researchers continue to adopt new ways to reduce energy, water usage and waste, and other sustainability practices in the laboratories and surrounding areas. They also work with the other Noble laboratories to incorporate the same practices across campus.
Noble Research Institute, LLC (www.noble.org) is an independent nonprofit agricultural research organization dedicated to delivering solutions to great agricultural challenges. Headquartered in Ardmore, Oklahoma, Noble’s goal is to achieve land stewardship for improved soil health in grazing animal production with lasting producer profitability. Achievement of this goal will be measured by farmers and ranchers profitably regenerating hundreds of millions of acres of U.S. grazing lands. Noble aims to remove, mitigate or help producers avoid the barriers that deter the lasting use of regenerative, profitable land management practices in grazing animal production.
Researchers, consultants, educators and ranch staff work together to give farmers and ranchers the skills and tools to regenerate the land in a profitable manner. Noble researchers and educators seek and deliver answers to producer questions concerning regenerative management of pasture and range environments, wildlife, pecan production, and livestock production. Regenerative management recognizes that each decision made on the ranch impacts the interactions of the soil, plants, water, animals and producers. Noble’s 14,000 acres of working ranch lands provide a living laboratory on which to demonstrate and practice regenerative principles and ideas to deliver value to farmers and ranchers across the U.S.
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