In 1987, the World Commission on Environment and Development published a report titled, “Our Common Future.”1 This document defined sustainability as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”1
Today, more than ever, we understand the importance of sustainable management and the value of implementing strategies that seek long-term rewards and benefits over fast-earned gains. The idea of making labs greener has exploded across the globe2 – and rightly so.
Clinical laboratories are more energy intensive in comparison to a typical office building.3 In addition, they are significant consumers of water and producers of waste.3,4 As expectations on corporate responsibility and transparency increase, it is exceedingly important for businesses to be aware of their ecological impact and implement initiatives to grow sustainably. Not only does this benefit the environment, but can help boost business and long-term performance.