Sharing Equipment and Space Avoids Costs and Benefits Science: An In-Depth Case Study of the Biochemistry Cell Culture Facility at the University of Colorado Boulder

March 15, 2018
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Eastern Daylight Time


The University of Colorado (CU) Boulder’s CU Green Labs Program has spent the last year writing a case study to highlight the benefits of the Biochemistry Cell Culture Facility (BCCF) to the campus both in terms of avoided costs and numerous qualitative benefits. With scientists experiencing intense competition for federal biomedical research funding, efficiency and cost-saving measures are powerful tools to maximize the impact of those research dollars. The large environmental footprint of laboratory research facilities and equipment, coupled with growing awareness of climate change, also points to laboratory resource efficiency as a contributing critical goal for the future of our planet. As will be elaborated on in this webinar, the BCCF is providing a cost avoidance of $265,883 per year to CU Boulder with $194,777 per year of those avoided costs realized directly by scientists and the Biochemistry Division, and the remaining $71,106 per year realized by facilities management and building management. In addition, there is significant upfront cost avoidance to build a shared facility like the BCCF instead of individual cell culture lab spaces. This in-depth case study will show the significant benefits of sharing more “generalized”, lower-cost laboratory equipment and can be a resource at a variety of institutions as a concrete demonstration of the value of shared resources for the benefit of science. This webinar will also provide a detailed overview of the case study, findings, and the broader implications and context for promoting shared equipment in collaborative research space.

After viewing this presentation, attendees will:

  • Understand the cost avoidance and other benefits of a shared laboratory facility to scientists and the university.
  • Find out why the BCCF at CU Boulder was established in the early 1990s and how a similar facility can benefit other institutions.
  • Know the key characteristics of the BCCF that were examined during this case study and basic methods for conducting a similar assessment at another institution.
  • Recognize the benefits of employing a facility manager at a shared equipment facility.


Sign up to view the webinar recording.

Professional Development Hours and Continuing Education Credits

Webinar attendees and those who view the recording can earn one Professional Development Hour (PDH) for professional engineers or one Learning Unit (LU) from the American Institute of Architects for registered architects.

Contact I2SL after the webinar if you would like to receive a credit for your participation.

Instructor Biography

Christina Greever 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 & Science University and worked as a research compliance coordinator before beginning her current position with CU Green Labs in September 2015. Her background and belief in the importance of resource conservation in labs has led her to the growing field of lab sustainability.


Back to High-Tech Talks

Back to Training and Education