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During the week of February 11, I2SL traveled to Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts to meet with many of the region's laboratory owners, operators, and consultants, as well as architecture and engineering firms and product manufacturers to help plan the Labs21 2011 Annual Conference, scheduled for September 20 to 22 in Providence, RI. We received expressions of great interest in the event and a strong commitment to promote, participate in, and sponsor the conference. We also visited several possible tour locations in and around Providence. The trip overall was a great success, generating new ideas and relationships for the event.
If we did not meet with you during the site visit, or if you are from outside the New England area, and you wish to offer suggestions and support for the Labs21 2011 Annual Conference, please contact I2SL. I also encourage you to submit an abstract as the Call for Presenters remains open until March 25.
I2SL would also like to thank our five new conference sponsors and acknowledge their commitment to reaching higher standards for sustainable laboratory facilities. Their sponsorships help I2SL make the Labs21 Annual Conference a success and promote the mission of Labs21. Donate today to receive maximum recognition in the run-up to and during the conference.
For the second year in a row we would particularly like to thank Schneider Electric for demonstrating its interest in I2SL's mission and commitment to the success of the conference through its generous support.
Finally, let me remind you that the I2SL Global Community seeks laboratory owners needing project assistance to submit a free request for proposals to the Global Community Web page. These requests will help match your project to a vendor supplying the products and services you need.
We hope 2011 will be a successful year for all, and that I2SL and the Labs21 2011 Annual Conference will broaden your business network and strengthen your commitment to the goals and objectives we share with the Labs21 program.
The deadline for submitting your abstract to the Labs21 2011 Annual Conference Call for Presenters is quickly approaching. Are you a laboratory or high-performance facility planner, designer, builder, manager, or other industry leader? Then Labs21 wants you to hear from you!
This year we're seeking abstracts on a number of exciting topics, including:
Speakers at the Labs21 Annual Conference receive a number of benefits, including a discounted registration rate*; the opportunity to expand and publish your work on I2SL's website and in other publications; your name, company, abstract, and presentation published on I2SL's website (with your permission); and countless networking opportunities throughout the conference.
Technology and Services Fair Update
Vendor registration is picking up speed, with more than one third of the exhibit hall already reserved!
Floor Plan Posted
Early Bird Registration Discount
Save your company money by paying for your booth staff by May 2. Sign them up during the booth registration process to lock in last year's registration rates, which will increase once registration opens on May 2.
Also, if you register for your booth on or before May 31, you will save $500 per booth. The early bird gets the discounts!
I2SL is proud to announce our first five sponsors of the Labs21 2011 Annual Conference!
I2SL would especially like to thank Schneider Electric for once again becoming a major sponsor of the conference.
Now is a great time to confirm your conference sponsorship. Sponsor now and be seen by the nearly 39,000 visitors to I2SL's website each month. Sponsorship ensures your company's logo is prominently displayed on I2SL's homepage and will be noticed by everyone who visits. Don't miss out on this and other promotional opportunities conference sponsorship provides. Donate now to become a sponsor!
2011 Course Schedule
Registration coming soon!
I2SL is hard at work planning its newest offering: High-Tech Talks. This forthcoming webinar series will aim to educate, connect, and diversify the sustainable laboratory and high-performance facility community. Webinars will promote interactivity, making conversation between the presenter and the audience a priority.
Webinar topics may include:
The webinar schedule is currently under development. If you are interested in presenting during an I2SL High-Tech Talk, please contact us! More information on the High-Tech Talks will be posted on I2SL's website in the coming weeks.
Dwayne Willmer, the National Director of the Laboratory Business Segment of PWGSC, has been a champion for Labs21 throughout Canada. Mr. Willmer has accomplished many notable achievements for Labs21, including hosting multiple Labs21 Workshops and incorporating the Labs21 Environmental Performance Criteria into at least six Canadian laboratory projects. Additionally, Mr. Willmer has promoted the use of the Labs21 Energy Benchmarking Tool to various Canadian ministry representatives. By using this tool, facility managers are able to better measure and monitor their facility's performance on several levels, something that was previously difficult for them to achieve.
Learn more about Mr. Willmer and his 2010 Go Beyond Individual Award.
During the Labs21 2007 Annual Conference, attendees had the privilege of learning about and touring Noisette, an up-and-coming community that would change the face of sustainable urban design. Noisette's 3,000-acre site, located in North Charleston, South Carolina, was in the beginning stages of development during the 2007 conference. Plans were in place to build an 82-acre campus for the Clemson University Restoration Institute and a 340-acre area that would serve as a mixed-use urban core, featuring residential, commercial, and public spaces.
That was nearly four years ago. Today, Noisette is a thriving, urban community that continues to exemplify sustainable living. The Navy Yard at Noisette has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Neighborhood Development (LEED®-ND) certification, becoming the first LEED-ND certified project in South Carolina. Residentially, new home sales have risen in the Noisette community, whereas homes sales in other parts of the region haven't fared as well. The Clemson University Restoration Institute is up and running, bringing in faculty, students, and staff dedicated to creating a premier home for knowledge of and expertise in restoration industries and environmentally sustainable technologies.
Noisette provides a great example of how sustainability can be envisioned and achieved. The community's lasting commitment to sustainable growth has paid off, and they're not done yet! Learn more about Noisette.
New Extended Abstracts Added to E-Library
We are pleased to announce that new extended abstracts have been added to I2SL's E-Library. Twenty-two new abstracts were added in 2010 on topics such as sustainable architecture; specialty laboratories; mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems; finance; and evaluating facility performance.
Many of these abstracts were accepted into Laboratory Design Newsletter, a publication that shares the latest laboratory science innovations with research scientists, engineers, and technical staff members. Supplement your research by reading about these new ideas in I2SL's E-Library.
I2SL continues to form a mission-driven Global Community that encourages and enables the development of technologically advanced, energy-efficient, and environmentally sustainable laboratories throughout the world. The Global Community aims to be a "one-stop shop" in supporting the creation of sustainable laboratories.
Several vendors have already listed their services on the Global Community website. Now, I2SL is seeking laboratory owners in academia, industry, and government that are in need of project assistance. Are you looking for a manufacturer, product, or firm that can provide sustainable solutions for your laboratory? Then you're encouraged to post your request for proposals to I2SL's Global Community website, free of charge!
Student Design Competition Moving Forward
I2SL is pleased to announce that the International Sustainable Laboratory Student Design Competition is moving forward with the help of a second grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior. This funding will allow I2SL to begin working with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture to launch the competition at universities worldwide. I2SL continues to seek additional funding. If your company would like to sponsor the competition, or you are aware of a grant source appropriate for the competition, please contact I2SL.
I2SL has formed Working Groups that meet regularly to take on the sustainable facility communities' toughest challenges. In addition to regular calls throughout the year, I2SL will plan in-person working group meetings at the Labs21 2011 Annual Conference. Don't miss your opportunity to participate. To join the Global Sustainable Laboratory Network, the Marine Laboratory Working Group, the Laboratory Lighting Working Group, or any other I2SL Working Group, please contact I2SL.
Facility Fusion Conference
Annual Department of Defense Environmental Monitoring and Data Quality
Solar Academy's Five-Day Solar Photovoltaic Design & Installation
Annual Spring Meeting
2011 International Conference on Research Facilities
Labs, Data Centers, and High-Tech Facilities Training