The NIH Green Labs Fair

The NIH Green Labs Fair is an annual event that showcases products and techniques that could be used by labs at the NIH to reduce their impact on the environment. This event is dedicated to providing NIH laboratory staff with hands-on experience with green products and face-to-face discussions with the vendors most familiar with these products. The Green Labs Fair also functions as a method for sharing information about greening practices and NIH environmental initiatives. Some of the topics that are commonly addressed at the Green Labs Fair include energy efficiency, water efficiency, safe alternatives to toxic chemicals, packaging that contains less plastic and products that are made from recycled material.


The NIH Green Labs Fair occurs in conjunction with the NIH Fall Research Festival in September. The 2019 NIH Green Labs Fair will occur on September 11th, 2019 from 12-2pm in the South Lobby of Building 10. Please be on the lookout for more details about the event as we approach September! You may even notice signs and flyers placed around the Bethesda campus, like these:

A yard sign for the 2019 Green Labs Fair

CLICK HERE to learn about some products at the 2019 Green Labs Fair


The Green Labs Fair was first created over a decade ago by a few members of the Sustainable Laboratory Practices Working Group. The founding members are: Minoo Shakoury-Elizah, Daman Kumari, Jean Tiong-Kohler and Barbara Zwiesler. Initially, these members held a number of small fairs in multiple locations to effectively reach more NIH staff members. Now, the Green Labs Fair has grown enough to occupy the entire South Lobby of Building 10 and host more than 20 vendors! The Green Labs Fair is also supported by the NIH Office of Research Facilities, Division of Environmental Protection. Here are more details on a few of the past NIH Green Labs Fairs:

2016 NIH Green Labs Fair

2017 NIH Green Labs Fair

2018 NIH Green Labs Fair