2021 was a breakthrough year for My Green Lab. In partnership with our growing network of partners and supporters around the world, we have made some incredible progress on our mission to build a global culture of sustainability in science. As we quickly turn our attention to the challenges ahead in 2022, I think it also important we take a moment to reflect just how far we have come as a community in one short year.
Top 10 Highlights from 2021
1) In February, ACT, took a major step forward with the release of a new beautifully designed ACT Standard as well as a new searchable database. All of us at My Green Lab breathed a sigh of relief that we had already developed this new scalable platform, because it was quickly followed by over 1774 new labels added from Thermo Scientific, Eppendorf, Agilent, Sigma-Aldrich, Rainin, Labcon, Miele, and Micronic.
2) In March, My Green Lab’s annual conference started off with a bang with the release of a bold 3-year strategic plan to an audience of over 250 supporters around the world. Developed in conjunction with our board, our team, and the broader Green Lab Community, our new strategic plan outlines 5 ambitious goals to guide the organization’s growth and development from 2021 to 2023:
As further outlined by our list of accomplishments below, we are happy to report that we have made great strides on each one of these goals.
3) My Green Labs new vision and strategic plan was then shared on a global stage, through a video featured the UN’s 50 Sustainable Climate Leaders Campaign. Produced in partnership with Thermo Fisher Scientific, this inspiring video was a call to action for the rest of the science industry to rise to the great environmental challenges of our time.
4) In October, MGL’s flagship program, My Green Lab Certification, got a major boost when it was selected as a Breakthrough outcome for the UN Race to Zero Campaign for Pharma and MedTech. The United Nations Race to Zero Campaign not only encourages companies to set a long-term net zero goal by 2050 or earlier, through the Breakthrough Outcomes campaign they establish critical tipping points necessary by 2030 with the potentiality to drive industry wide transformation. The UN set a goal that 95% of biotech and pharma companies achieve My Green Lab Certification at the highest level by 2030. Leaders from companies like AstraZeneca are, in fact, well on their way to achieving that goal announcing that they will be pursuing Green Lab certification across their entire global R&D portfolio.
5) As a result of this selection, My Green Lab was invited to speak at the COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland alongside AstraZeneca, the UN High Level Champions team, and a leading Carbon Consultancy, Urgentem. At this event on November 6th, we released our groundbreaking Carbon Impact of Biotech and Pharma report, the first to quantify the total carbon impact- both scope 1 and 2 as well as the sprawling scope 3 impact of the industry.
6) Throughout the year, My Green Lab was also all over the news, with articles/features in Lab Manager, Technology Networks, R&D World, Agilent Podcast, Inside the Lab Podcast, Select Science, NHS Sustainability Partnerships, and many others. Through our outreach efforts we doubled the organizations marketing reach in 2022 and grew our newsletter to 15,000 people so we can continue to share our mission all over the world.
7) We can now truly call ourselves a global movement, we now have over 780 Green Lab in 29 Countries, with over 1,400 ambassadors all over the world, from 44 countries. As we continue to grow, the network effect is taking hold in the community and our growth is becoming exponential. Frankly, this awakening of the science industry to sustainability is just in time. The carbon impact of the science industry is massive, and we firmly believe this industry should be leading on climate change.
8) Building on our proven process deployed around the world, we released the new Green Lab Certification 2.0 in November. Based on months of R&D and program development from MGL’s technical team, the new program is redesigned to be more streamlined, scalable, and user-friendly, with enhanced resources to drive tangible impact.
9) This was all made possible by our generous sponsors and supporters. My Green Lab was grateful to receive its first Major Philanthropic Grant from the Bullitt Foundation and added 15 new sponsors to our growing community of supporters including, Nucleus Biologics, Roche, USA Scientific, BMedical, Watt IQ, Elemental Machines, Illumina, Sterilis Solutions, Avantor, Gilead, Miele, Polycarbin, Eversource and Jacobs Wyper.
10) Lastly, nothing would be possible without the incredible My Green Lab team. To support our global expansion and to ensure the integrity of our programs, in 2021, My Green Lab was able to add 6 full-time passionate sustainability leaders to our organization, from operations, to marketing and business development as well as our programs team. Please be sure to check out our team page to learn more about the growing My Green Lab team!
While 2021 was certainly a banner year and we have made incredible progress on achieving our strategic plan targets, there is still much more work to be done to achieve our long-term vision that all science is conducted in a way that benefits people and the planet.
To catalyze a complete transformation of the industry in the next decade, we need to inspire more scientist, institutions, and companies to join our mission. In short, we need to come together as a global community, and we need your help to build this movement.
Thank you to all our community for your support in 2021. Our rapid progress in 2021 gives me hope that we can indeed transform this industry. I firmly believe that science can and must lead the world on sustainability and am grateful to be in partnership with all of you on this journey to make that vision a reality.
Chief Executive Officer, My Green Lab