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Integrating sustainability into scientific research

Laboratories have a large environmental impact, with high levels of resource consumption and waste generation. In this article, I discuss some of the actionable strategies that can bring real and impactful improvements, encompassing education, community engagement and the adoption of best practices by researchers. Building a global culture of sustainability in science will be crucial to reducing the carbon footprint of laboratories.

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N.J. is the marketing manager for the non-profit organization My Green Lab.

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Jain, N. Integrating sustainability into scientific research. Nat Rev Methods Primers 2, 35 (2022).

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