• Center for the Study of Community Health

     
    csch

    The Center for the Study of Community Health offers a unique research environment that includes clinicians, researchers, health-related professionals, social and behavioral scientists, and community leaders who are setting new standards in the state of Alabama and around the world. The Center is a member of the Prevention Research Centers Program, supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center

    MHHDRCThe Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center (MHRC) is a comprehensive educational, research and community outreach center that provides UAB and community researchers with an infrastructure to develop research initiatives aimed at eliminating racial/ethnic health disparities, career development and training activities, and community outreach in health initiatives. Through the MHRC, faculty will gain access to the necessary resources that will enhance and develop their skills in minority health research, education, and medical service. This support, plus access to the specific services of the MHRC programs and cores will greatly enhance faculty opportunities and success in obtaining funding for minority health research.

    UAB Sustainable Smart Cities Research Center (SSCRC)

    The SSCRC fosters cross-disciplinary research, training and outreach that examines the effects of development on human health and well being to prompt innovative solutions and promote sustainable community design. Specifically, the center brings together faculty exploring sustainable building and design concepts, social impacts of technology, public health, emergency preparedness and response, plus public policy and more to change the way we interact with our environment. Its goal is to create a foundation for urban infrastructure that is economically affluent, environmentally responsible and socially equitable.

    Grant Opportunities

    The grant opportunities on this page will be updated monthly through UAB’s Integrated Research Administration Portal (IRAP). The listing is generated through a keyword search using “Sustainability,” based on an application location of Alabama. You may click on each grant listing to open the full information page within IRAP.

    UAB faculty and staff can log into IRAP to utilize the full suite of IRAP tools. IRAP’s underlying software consists of a suite of modules developed by InfoEd Global Inc. When fully implemented, these modules will support electronic submission of funding applications and compliance forms and will seamlessly connect the operations of the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP), Institutional Review Board for Human Use (IRB), Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), Chemical Safety Committee, Radiation Safety Committee, Conflict of Interest Review Board, and UAB Research Foundation. Other features of the system provide access to potential collaborators and automated notification of funding opportunities meeting criteria users set.

    UAB Sustainability Grants (Microsoft Excel File)
  • Strategic Plan

    Sustainability Strategic Plan

    UAB’s Sustainability Strategic Plan for 2025 is the result of campuswide collaborative effort. The Plan reflects a vision that aligns with the university’s shared values and the global standard for higher education institutions as set by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

    See the Plan

  • Green Labs

    The goal of the UAB Green Labs Program is to reduce the use of energy, water, material goods, and hazardous chemicals in UAB laboratories without compromising research integrity or safety.

    UAB is an R1 Institution, ranked 20th nationally (9th among public universities) in NIH funding. UAB is also the state’s largest single-site employer, supporting one of every 31 jobs statewide, with an annual economic impact of more than $7 billion in Alabama. Consequently, UAB is also the largest electricity user in the state and also generates over 2,000 tons of landfill waste annually. As a researcher, you have the ability to reduce this impact—join the Green Labs Program!

    To submit questions and/or to begin the process of becoming a UAB Green Labs Member, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. A representative from our office will respond and provide you with a lab-specific survey.

    • Researchers who are new to UAB can learn more about the program by downloading the UAB Green Labs Primer.

    Green Labs Program

    UAB Green Labs is a voluntary program designed to assist lab leadership in implementation of efficiency measures to reduce environmental and economic costs without sacrificing research quality, safety standards, or comfort and productivity of lab staff. UAB Sustainability has partnered with UAB Environmental Health & Safety in implementing this program in order to maximize safety.

    The program serves the dual purpose of instituting sustainable practices and recognizing participants for their efforts. The program provides generalized guidelines that are applicable to a multitude of facilities with the hope that researchers will innovate and evolve additional practices based on their unique set of circumstances.

    Why Become a UAB Green Lab Member

    UAB has nearly 2,000 labs and small changes can translate to large economic savings and significant reductions in our environmental impact. Here are several additional reasons to become a UAB Green Labs Member:

    • Lab participants will work with UAB Sustainability, UAB Environmental Health & Safety, and UAB Research to evaluate the efficacy of different approaches to lab sustainability and will have a strong voice in determining the best sustainability options for specific kinds of labs at UAB.
    • Labs participating in UAB Green Labs Program will be eligible for rebates for various consumables and appliances.
    • Labs who complete the program will be recognized with a rating and associated logo to be used on websites, grant proposals, lab door, etc., as well as public recognition for completion.
    • Individuals selected to be a Green Lab Representative will gain additional experience with lab management, facilities operations, purchasing, and regulatory structures associated with lab research.
    • The certification process is intended to build a stronger sense of ownership and a team approach to lab research and resource management for the lab’s faculty, staff, and students.

    How to Become a UAB Green Lab Member

    • PI selects someone in the lab to be the Green Lab Representative.
      • This can be the PI, lab manager, lab tech, post doc, or graduate student.
      • Undergraduates may not be Lab Representatives.
    • The Green Labs Representative takes the survey and works to have at least 50% of lab members complete the survey.
    • A UAB Green Labs Representative schedules a visit to review results of the assessment, including lab strengths and challenges in sustainable efforts as well as potential rebates the lab may use.
    • The lab completes the survey again after 6 months and receives a rating based on how well suggested changes were implemented during that period.
    • After successfully making the suggested changes, the lab receives certification as listed below:
      • 40-49% of changes, Green Lab certification
      • 50-59% of changes, Bronze certification
      • 60-69% of changes, Silver certification
      • 70-79% of changes, Gold certification
      • 80% or more of changes, Platinum Certification

    Green Labs Green
    Green Labs Bronze
    Green Labs Silver
    Green Labs Gold
    Green Labs Platinum
  • Lab Recycling

    For a list of items accepted universitywide, visit the UAB Recycling.

    The following items are accepted from labs participating in the UAB Green Labs program:


    #1 & #2 Plastics

    How Are #1 & #2 Plastics Recycled?

    1. The #1 & #2 plastics are collected by UAB Green Labs and transported to the Albertville-Boaz Recycling Center.
    2. The recycling center processes them and distributes the plastics to vendors that use #1 & #2 plastic.

    How to Participate in #1 & #2 Plastic Recycling

    1. Place #1 & #2 plastic in a cardboard box.
    2. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make an appointment with UAB Green Labs to collect the #1 & #2 plastic. Include the following information :
      • building
      • room number
      • point of contact for the lab

    #4 Plastics/Ice Packs

    Ice packs can be one of the largest waste streams generated in a lab that utilizes cold storage. Ice packs can also take up precious space in cold storage units. We encourage researchers to reuse an ice pack until it is no longer effective. The ice packs are composed of a #4 plastic, a material which is not disposable in the plastic receptacles found throughout UAB’s campus. To address the abundance of ice packs across campus, UAB Green Labs has partnered with the Albertville-Boaz Recycling Center to implement a #4 plastics recycling program.

    How Are Ice Packs and Other #4 Plastics Recycled?

    1. The ice packs and other #4 plastics are collected by UAB Green Labs and transported to the Albertville-Boaz Recycling Center.
    2. The recycling center uses these #4 plastics and processes them and distributes the plastics to vendors that use #4 plastics.

    How to Participate in #4 Plastics/Ice Pack Recycling

    1. Place ice packs and/or #4 plastics in a cardboard box. Allow ice packs to dry before placing them in the box.
    2. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make an appointment with UAB Green Labs to collect the ice packs and/or other #4 plastics. Include the following information :
      • Building
      • Room number
      • Point of contact for the lab

    #5 Plastics/Pipette Tip Boxes

    Pipette tip boxes are one of the largest streams of waste in labs on UAB’s campus. The pipette tip boxes are composed of a #5 plastic, a material which is not disposable in the plastic receptacles found throughout UAB’s campus. Due to the quality and abundance of this plastic, many researchers have shown a strong desire to recycle these boxes. As a result, UAB Green Labs Program has partnered with the Albertville-Boaz Recycling Center to implement a Recycling Program for pipette tip boxes.

    Also, consider purchasing pipet tip refills for your boxes.

    How Are Pipette Tip Boxes Recycled?

    1. The pipette tip boxes are collected by a UAB Sustainability and transported to the Albertville-Boaz Recycling Center.
    2. The recycling center grinds the pipette tip boxes into pellets and donates the pellets to companies using #5 plastics.

    How to Participate in Pipette Tip Box Recycling

    1. Autoclave all pipette tip boxes which the lab intends to recycle to eliminate any chances of contaminants coming in contact with any individuals at UAB Green Labs or the recycling center.
    2. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make an appointment with UAB Green Labs to collect the pipette tip boxes. Please include the building, room number, and point of contact for the lab.

    #6 Plastic and Stryofoam

    Polystyrene, generally referred to by the name-brand Styrofoam, is the main pollutant in American oceans and waterways. Polystyrene is also the primary source of urban litter in American cities. Due to the environmental impact polystyrene has on the environment and on ecosystems around the world, UAB has partnered with the Albertville-Boaz Recycling Center to implement a pilot program for polystyrene recycling.

    What Will Be Recycled/Reused?

    Polystyrene/Styrofoam coolers will be collected. Please remove any tape or non-polystyrene material from the cooler.

    How Are Polystyrene Coolers Recycled?

    1. The coolers are collected by UAB Sustainability and transported to the Albertville-Boaz Recycling Center.
    2. The recycling center melts and molds the coolers and sells the product to companies using polystyrene.
    3. How Is #6 Plastic Recycled?
    4. The #6 plastic is collected by UAB Green Labs and transported to the Albertville-Boaz Recycling Center.
    5. The recycling center processes them and distributes the plastics to vendors that use #6 plastic.

    How to Participate in Polystyrene/Styrofoam Recycling

    1. Please request pickup for no more than 5 coolers at a time.
    2. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make an appointment with UAB Green Labs to collect the coolers. Please include the building, room number, and point of contact for the lab.

    Aluminum Foil

    How Is Aluminum Foil Recycled?

    1. The aluminum foil is collected by UAB Green Labs and transported to a center for scrap metal.

    How to Participated in Aluminum Foil Recycling

    1. Please place aluminum foil that has not come into contact with food or biohazardous material in a cardboard box.
    2. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make an appointment with UAB Green Labs to collect the aluminum foil. Please include the building, room number, and point of contact for the lab.

    Unbroken Glass

    Glass is one of the most utilized pieces of equipment in laboratories. Glass can be stored indefinitely and often occupies cabinet and bench space. Although reusable, a lot of glass is housed with no plans of disposal. To address the glass accumulation problem on campus, UAB Green Labs has partnered with the Albertville-Boaz Recycling Center. Glass must be unbroken. There cannot be chips, cracks, or any damage to the glassware.

    How Is Unbroken Glass Recycled?

    1. Glass must be cleaned before submitting a recycling pick-up request. Stained glass will not be accepted.
    2. The unbroken glass is collected by UAB Green Labs and transported to the Albertville-Boaz Recycling Center.
    3. The recycling center processes the glass and sends it to vendors that accept recycled glass.

    How to Participate in Glass Recycling

    1. Place clean, unbroken glass in a cardboard box.
    2. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make an appointment with UAB Green Labs to collect the unbroken glass. Please include the building, room number, and point of contact for the lab.

    Reusable Glass Inventory

    Members of the UAB Green Labs program can donate or receive unbroken, used pyrex glassware for free. To view available glassware, please visit Green Labs Glass Inventory.

    How to Receive or Donate Lab Glass

    1. If donating glassware, please place glass in a cardboard box.
    2. If receiving glassware, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with type, size, and quantity of glassware you wish to receive. Please include the building, room number, and point of contact for the lab.

    X-ray Film

    How Is X-ray Film Recycled?

    1. The x-ray film is collected by UAB Green Labs and transported to the Albertville-Boaz Recycling Center.
    2. The recycling center processes them and distributes the plastics to vendors that use x-ray film.

    How to Participate in X-ray Film Recycling

    1. Please place x-ray film in a cardboard box.
    2. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make an appointment with UAB Green Labs to collect the x-ray film. Please include the building, room number, and point of contact for the lab.