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  • SAVE THE DATE: The 2020 I2SL Annual Conference will be October 48, 2020, in Chicago. More info to come!
  • The 2019 I2SL Annual Conference was October 20-23, 2019, in Denver, Colorado, with over 550 attendees!
  • Congratulations to Star Scott, the winner of the 2019 Around the World challenge and recipient of a free 2020 conference registration!
  • A special thanks to all of our 2019 conference sponsors. We appreciate your support!
  • 2019 conference presentations are now available free to conference attendees and I2SL Members. I2SL Members can also still access presentations from the 2018 conference.

Recognition

  • Congratulations to the 2019 Go Beyond Award winners! See also the Sustainable Purchasing Award winners.
  • The coolest way to make summer more sustainable is more efficient cold storage. Check out the 2019 Freezer Challenge winners!
  • Check out this piece on the International Freezer Challenge and 2019's winners in Nature magazine!

I2SL Chapters

  • Looking to join an I2SL chapter? Find an I2SL chapter near you!
  • The National Capital Chapter held an event at sponsor Affiliated Engineers in Rockville, Maryland, to discuss an energy-saving hot/cold water tank project at the National Institutes of Health.
  • The Emerald City Chapter in Seattle held a successful educational event on how to drive sustainability into the core of higher education, and I2SL Executive Director Phil Wirdzek addressed the audience (below).

I2SL Emerald City Chapter Event Photo

Working Groups

  • Ventilation effectiveness—combined with energy efficiency—can make laboratories both safe and sustainable. I2SL has started a new working group, chaired by Kishor Kahn of AnSight LLC, to raise awareness about ventilation effectiveness for laboratories (VEL) among architects, engineers, facility managers, owners, and others who are involved in the design, operation, and maintenance of laboratories.
  • Calling all lab operations personnel, A&E design pros, and product representatives. A new Laboratory User Manual Working Group has been formed to create an online tool to document lab planning, equipment, building systems, design, sustainability, and more. View a free webinar to learn more!
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  • The Laboratory Benchmarking Tool (LBT) is now even better! Sponsored by Siemens Smart Infrastructure, the new Actionable Insights Module bridges the gap between your building data and action by providing customized energy efficiency project ideas and resources. And thanks to the new ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager Connection, you can now import your Portfolio Manager data directly into the tool, so you don't have to enter it twice. Check out this video for more information!
  • Learn about the Bringing Efficiency to Research (BETR) Grants program, which is an ongoing focus of the I2SL University Alliance Group (UAG).
  • The Continuous Improvement Working Group is developing tools and a process for continuous improvement in laboratory facilities.

Resources

    Best Practices Guide
  • The Best Practices Guide: Energy Efficiency Projects and Principal Investigators offers expert advice for cultivating cooperation and communication with key lab personnel throughout the retrofit process.
  • Operations and maintenance (O&M) training courses are available now at a discount to I2SL Members.
  • I2SL members from organizations such as the Cleveland Clinic and Harvard University are helping to make the places that save lives save resources too! Check out this article from the Association of American Medical Colleges.
  • Check out this article from fivethirtyeight.com, featuring I2SL members, about the dilemmas faced by today's scientists and lab specialists when trying to help the planet while using resources in the process.
  • According to the latest addition to our E-Library, laboratory design has been shifting towards sustainability and spatial flexibility. Read the full article to find out more!
  • Harvard University got several of its laboratories to go green by giving green. Read the case study about how financial incentives helped reduce lab energy intensity.
  • Core facilities are the latest trend in consolidating campus research facilities and equipment to save resources and maximize researchers' abilities. Read more about how they work at Northwestern University or watch a video about core facilities.
  • The University of Virginia recently completed a Pilot Lab Program to study the true potential of holistic Green Labs programming that addresses both building and user aspects of research efficiency.