What's New

I2SL Announcements

  • I2SL is pleased to bring back our High-Tech Talk series aimed to educate, connect, and improve facility performance in the sustainable laboratory community. To kick the series off, join Tom Smith of 3Flow for our first High-Tech Talk of the year on February 1, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. Eastern. Register today!
  • As part of the new Sustainable Laboratories Awards Program, I2SL recognized outstanding people, projects, and programs exhibiting innovative and exemplary achievements in sustainable laboratories. Check out the full list of winners!
  • The I2SL Laboratory Benchmarking Tool (LBT) has gone global! Siemens Smart Infrastructure sponsored an internationalization project for the tool. LBT users can now enter data for labs anywhere in the world and can use U.S. or metric units for benchmarking comparisons.
  • The outsized environmental impacts of laboratories have led many institutions to try and reduce their carbon footprint and plastic waste. Read more about how My Green Lab is helping scientists improve sustainability in research labs and laboratories.
  • I2SL is excited to announce the addition of four new members to its Board of Directors: Sean Convery of Cator Ruma; Deidre Carter of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Eleni Reed of Alexandria Real Estate; and Star Scott of the University of Georgia. Mr. Convery has also been elected to serve as Treasurer of the I2SL Board.

Labs2Zero

  • To help address the outsized impact laboratories have on carbon emissions, I2SL is creating the new Labs2Zero program. The goal of the program is to develop a roadmap to decarbonize the world’s high-tech research facilities. The program will include a variety of components, including an Energy and Emissions Scorecard for Labs, Actionable Insights and Measures (AIM) Report, Design2Zero tool, training, certification, and more.
  • If you are interested in getting involved with Labs2Zero, consider joining a Technical Advisory Council. Check out the available volunteer opportunities and complete the Google Form to let I2SL you'd like to volunteer.
  • I2SL is also looking for Founding Sponsors to help support the development of the program. If your organization would like to sponsor I2SL's decarbonization efforts, please review the Sponsorship Prospectus. For any questions, please email Gordon Sharp.

Annual Conference

  • Thank you to those who attended the 2022 I2SL Annual Conference Pittsburgh! Presentations from the conference are now available free of charge for attendees and I2SL members on I2SL's website. Conference attendees received an email with the username and password, but if you attended the conference and do not have the email, please contact I2SL.
  • Need to report continuing education credits? Please email I2SL with the list of technical sessions you attended during the conference.

Freezer Challenge

  • Take the 2023 International Freezer Challenge, co-sponosred by My Green Lab, and start saving in your lab! Register online to receive your scoresheet and begin earning points for your cold storage energy savings. All scoresheets are due by July 1, 2023.
  • Congratulations to the 2022 International Freezer Challenge winners! Over 1,200 labs from 27 countries and over 12,000 cold storage units participated in this year's challenge. Participants saved a total of 9.5 million kilowatt hours of energy.
  • You can read more about the winners and their cold storage savings in this article featured in Lab Manager magazine! Winners were also recognized during the 2022 I2SL Annual Conference.

I2SL Chapters

Working Groups

  • Current research funding structures generally miss the opportunity to encourage or require research institutions to demonstrate environmental sustainability to receive funds. As a result, My Green Lab and I2SL’s University Alliance Group created the Million Advocates for Sustainable Science letter signing campaign. This call to action challenges research funders to urge scientists, institutions, and stakeholders to improve and implement sustainability, resource efficiency, and resiliency within research laboratories. Sign the letter today to join thousands of sustainable science advocates around the world in the push to change the way scientific research is conducted!
  • Learn about the Bringing Efficiency to Research (BETR) Grants program, which is an ongoing focus of the I2SL University Alliance Group (UAG).

Resources

  • Check out the 2022 Sustainable Campus Index (SCI), compiled by the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. The Index recognizes top-performing colleges and universities in 17 sustainability impact areas and overall. Read the report to learn more about the institutions, as well as high-impact best practices.
  • As part of an ongoing series, I2SL is collaborating with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to offer webinars highlighting new and updated best practices guides on laboratory sustainability and efficiency topics. View the recordings of the first five webinars of the series free of charge.

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