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Molecular Foundry building at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Source: Berkeley Lab—Roy Kaltschmidt

The International Institute

for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL) is devoted to the principles of sustainable laboratories and related high-technology facilities, from design to engineering to operation. Through worldwide partnerships and the exchange of technical expertise, I2SL will encourage the development of high-tech facilities that address the rapid pace of science, medicine, research, and development in an ever-changing and dynamic environment.

Advancing sustainable laboratories globally.


  • Mission: To engage all stakeholders in advancing the safety and sustainability of laboratories and other high-tech facilities globally.

  • Vision: I2SL will be the global leader and primary resource connecting all stakeholders and providing information and education to ensure safe, sustainable laboratory design, operation, and use.

As host of the I2SL Annual Conference, formerly the Laboratories for the 21st Century (Labs21®) Annual Conference, and workshops, I2SL facilitates a network of technical capabilities to address global needs in the following areas while incorporating a whole-building approach to sustainable design of laboratories and other high-tech facilities. These capabilities include:


  • Providing infrastructure assessments 

  • Offering technical assistance 

  • Sharing new technologies through customized training and workshops 

  • Assisting with project charettes

  • Developing case studies and best practices

Why Laboratories and Other High-Tech Facilities?

By expanding upon the Labs21 program, I2SL maintains that laboratory and high-tech facilities demand concentrated attention in the effort to create more sustainable buildings. With their extensive requirements for health and environmental management, security, and resource consumption, laboratories and other high-tech facilities present significant challenges to the building sector in terms of their design, construction, operation, and use. More so than conventional building types, these sophisticated facilities must interrelate at the highest level of life-cycle performance. The challenge for architects, engineers, and other building professionals is to design and construct the next generation of laboratories to address both sustainable construction practices and contemporary standards of comfort, security, and safety. As such, their potential for improved energy efficiency, renewable energy sources, and other sustainability practices provide the greatest opportunity and justification for whole-building design and sustainability goals. 

I2SL Privacy Policy

The International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL) is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to provide education and information to the sustainable laboratory community. I2SL is committed to protecting the privacy of users of its website and related applications. The following policy applies to I2SL and its website, membership data portal, and conference Web application. It also applies to the websites of I2SL’s affiliated chapters and Community of Practice website(s).


With respect to personal data received, I2SL is subject to the regulatory enforcement powers of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and relevant U.S. laws and regulations. Users who reside outside the United States and choose to use our website/Web-based applications understand and agree that their information may be processed in accordance with the laws of the United States, where laws regarding processing of information may be less stringent than the laws of other countries.


This policy describes how I2SL collects and uses information from its members, visitors to its website or app, and attendees at its annual Conference and Technology Fair, including Personally Identifiable Information (PII). For the purposes of this policy, PII is defined as any data or personal information that can be used on its own or in conjunction with other information to identify, locate, or contact an individual. Visitors to the I2SL website and related applications may be asked to input name, email address, mailing address, phone number, or payment information.


I2SL receives PII from individuals for membership initiation/renewal fees; educational offerings; event registration; and conference attendance, exhibition, and other conference-related activities. I2SL is responsible for processing of PII it receives from members, conference attendees, and purchasers of its educational offerings. It may subsequently transfer data to a third party acting as an agent on its behalf, including Web hosting services, support contractors, and local, state, or international chapters of I2SL.


Terms of Use

I2SL and its agents use PII to process payments, update membership status, communicate with conference participants, and verify continuing education credit for participants in its educational offerings. I2SL may periodically send emails regarding conference registrations, speaker coordination, webinar participation, or promotion for I2SL educational offerings. Any promotional email I2SL distributes to its network of contacts contains a link to “unsubscribe” from the list.


We do not sell PII. We do not share, trade, or otherwise transfer PII to outside parties unless we provide users with advanced notice. This does not apply to I2SL contract support and other parties that assist the organization in operating its website or serving members; I2SL Chapter officers; Annual Conference sponsors and exhibitors; Community of Practice website sponsors; and other educational partners.

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