Introducing I2SL's Laboratory Continuous Performance Improvement Program

Allen Doyle, University of California, Davis

This morning roundtable, led by Allen Doyle Lab Manager at UC Davis, will offer an overview and encourage discussion on I2SL's Laboratory Continuous Performance Improvement Program, or LCPIP. The LCPIP is being designed as a guide for laboratory personnel (users, managers, PIs and others) which when utilized will lead to the benchmarking and continuous improvement of a laboratory's energy efficiency and environmental sustainability. The session will encourage those interested to join the working group meeting scheduled immediately after the closing reception.

Learning Objectives

  • Lab users, managers, PIs and others all have a role in managing a lab's energy use and environmental performance.
  • Whether new or old, an existing lab is not a static environment and requires constant attention to achieve high performance and sustainability.
  • Step-by-step procedures to improve various performance objectives.
  • Use of a simple performance rating tool for achieving energy efficiency and environmental sustainability in laboratories.


After 20 years of ocean chemistry, soil, and permafrost research, the urgency of climate disruption and environmental degradation compelled Allen Doyle to leave the lab and work with scientists on conservation in their workplace. Mr. Doyle brings an occupant focus to laboratory energy conservation, as he is co-founder of LabRATS, developing a ten-module green laboratory program, a moderator of the Labs21 Energy-Efficient Laboratory Equipment Wiki, organizer of 100+ member national network, working to reduce plug load through cold storage management and the Freezer Challenge contest, and engaged in HVAC optimization through temperature relaxation and control banding. As sustainability manager, he interacts at all levels of campus and hopes that research laboratories and their stakeholders will reach ambitious standards of quality with dramatic improvements in resource consumption. He collaborates with laboratory trade groups, such as the National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Conference and Association of Public Health Laboratories, as well as such federal agencies as U.S. Department of Energy, National Institutes of Health, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and private sector laboratories.


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