ULT Freezers: One Small Step for ENERGY STAR, One Giant Leap for Green Labs

Allison Paradise, My Green Lab

The last decade has seen a tremendous effort to establish an ENERGY STAR rating for laboratory refrigeration. Data collected on ULT freezer energy consumption and performance through the Center for Energy Efficient Laboratories (CEEL) collaboration will be discussed, as will the implications of these data on ENERGY STAR ratings and utility incentives. Effective use of these data in outreach programs will also be addressed.

Learning Objectives

  • To learn the latest information about ULT freezer energy consumption and performance
  • To understand how to use this information to inform incentive programs
  • To learn how to effectively engage scientists with incentive and outreach programs


Allison Paradise is the Executive Director of My Green Lab, a California-based non-profit dedicated to promoting sustainability in laboratories. My Green Lab works with over two dozen organizations in California and several organizations nationally to reduce the environmental impact of their labs through outreach programs and concrete initiatives. Paradise holds degrees in neuroscience from Brown and Harvard, and before co-founding My Green Lab, she worked as a scientific consultant.


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