A Pilot Program at the University of Colorado Boulder to Rent Space in Local, Shared Ultra-Low Temperature Freezers

Christina Greever, University of Colorado Boulder

In an effort to encourage the use of shared equipment in shared spaces at the University of Colorado Boulder, CU Green Labs has established a shared ultra-low temperature freezer pilot program on campus. Traditional ultra-low temperature freezers are generally understood to be the second largest energy consumer in laboratories after fume hoods so therefore are a great target for reduced energy consumption in labs. Not only are they energy intensive, but they are also expensive for labs who often use start up funds or money from their grants to purchase a $12,000-$14,000 ultra-low, even when an entire freezer worth of space may not be needed. For this pilot program, CU Green Labs set up three ultra-low temperature freezers on the CU Boulder campus that each have a manager, users are required to keep inventory of their samples, and the use of space in the freezer is rented on a per-freezer-box basis. Our goal is to establish a program that is a benefit to researchers as well as beneficial for effective space utilization in ultra-low temperature freezers. After attending this presentation, conference attendees will understand the benefits of moving toward shared equipment models, the challenges we faced, and how CU Green Labs was able to obtain funding and implement our shared ultra-low temperature freezer pilot program.

Learning Objectives

  • Attendees will learn about the benefits of moving toward shared equipment in shared spaces for scientific research.
  • Attendees will learn about how CU Green Labs was able to obtain funding for our pilot program.
  • Attendees will understand our experience establishing a shared ultra-low temperature freezer program at CU Boulder including setting up an appropriate fee for the use of space.
  • Attendees will learn about the challenges we faced in setting up a shared equipment resource at a large research institution.

Biography:

Christina is the Program Assistant and Outreach Coordinator for CU Green Labs at the University of Colorado Boulder. Since graduating with her Bachelor's degree in biology from Lewis & Clark College in 2011 she has conducted research at Oregon Health and Science University, moved to Boulder, and worked as a coordinator in research compliance before beginning her current position with CU Green Labs in September 2015.

 

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