Become a Laboratory Efficiency Assessment Volunteer (LEAV)

Volunteering opportunity

Are you passionate about sustainability and are doing a scientific degree?

The Laboratory Efficiency Assessment Framework (LEAF) is an environmental accreditation scheme that enables lab groups to reduce the negative impact of their science research and help the University reach its sustainability goals. This new sustainability framework for labs is part of a national pilot conducted by 16 universities.

You can volunteer as a Laboratory Efficiency Assessment Volunteer (LEAV) to conduct initial lab assessments across the University, help lab users work through the LEAF workbook, and conduct final audits in September. 

This opportunity allows you to have your own positive influence on helping the University to become more sustainable. It is also a great way for you to gain valuable experience and transferable skills applicable to any CV. You don't have to be studying an environmental or sustainability-related degree, just a scientific one with some experience of laboratories. The most important thing is an interest in making a positive change!

You'll report to the Green Labs Assistant who will provide you with initial training, and you will have the opportunity to work closely with laboratory users including students, academics and technicians.

We are always looking for volunteers and the amount of time you put in is completely up to you. You'll receive recognition for your commitment with an official LEAF certificate; the more assessments you complete the higher certification you'll earn!

Green Champion: complete 15+ assessments

Green Leader: complete 5-15 assessments

Green Ambassador: complete 1-4 assessments

We are also gifting an iPad mini to the LEAV who encourages the most lab groups to sign up to LEAF after the initial assessment.

If you have any questions relating to this post please contact Anna Lewis on 0117 33 17110 or

For more information and application details please see the attached .

Become a LEAV

Sign-up to be a LEAV 2020. For more information and application details visit our webpage.

Bristol Be-LEAFs in Sustainable Science

Over a fifth of lab space from the University of Bristol participated in the Laboratory Efficiency Assessment Framework (LEAF) 2019, saving an estimated 92 tonnes of carbon. Follow the link to read more.

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