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I2SL Announcements

  • 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.
  • With the passing of I2SL's Founding President and Executive Director, Phil Wirdzek, I2SLís Board of Directors elected former Vice President Gordon Sharp to serve as President and selected ERGís Kathleen Brady to be Executive Director. You can learn more about the transition in this letter from Gordon Sharp to the I2SL community.
  • For Giving Tuesday this year, I2SL set a goal to raise $50,000. Thanks to a generous anonymous donor, every dollar donated by the end of the year will be matched, up to $25,000! Your contribution will help I2SL develop the new Labs2Zero program, or you can allocate your donation to the Phil Wirdzek Memorial Scholarship Fund, which will send students to next year's in-person I2SL Annual Conference. Donate to I2SL today!

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 develop a roadmap to decarbonize the worldís 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, Lab Emissions Performance 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 sponsors to help support the development of the program. If your organization would like to sponsor I2SL's decarbonization efforts, please review the sponsorship levels and benefits. For any questions, please email Gordon Sharp.

Annual Conference

  • Thank you to those who attended the 2022 I2SL Annual Conference Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania! Presentations from the conference are now available to attendees and I2SL members on I2SL's website. Conference attendees should have received an email with the username and password to log in. If you attended the conference and do not have the username and password, please email I2SL.
  • Need to report continuing education credits? Submit your session attendance using the survey on the conference mobile app. If you are having difficulties completing the app survey, please email I2SL for assistance.

Freezer Challenge

  • 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 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.
  • Check out this piece on the International Freezer Challenge and 2021's winners in Nature magazine to get inspired for next year's challenge.

I2SL Chapters

  • Check back soon for upcoming chapter events!

Working Groups

  • 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.
  • 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 I2SLís 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!
  • The Lab Waste Landfill Diversion Working Group worked with Michaela Barnett, a fellow from the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium, to develop a bulletin regarding use of expanded polystyrene (EPS) in laboratories. This impact statement provides an overview of the environmental issues associated with EPS, challenges associated with its disposal, and in-depth, concrete strategies for laboratories to reduce their use of this material and develop more sustainable strategies for its disposal.
  • I2SL created a working group in partnership with MilliporeSigma to better understand how the community gauges the potential of green chemistry to influence decisions in the lab. The working group offered a free webinar on April 21, 2021, during which panelists discussed the growth in green chemistry and the potential value of the DOZN Quantitative Green Chemistry Evaluator. If you missed the live panel, you can download the recording here. The working group is also looking for input from the sustainable lab community and you can share your ideas and feedback by taking a brief survey. To learn more, check out the Green Chemistry Working Group page.
  • Ventilation effectiveness—combined with energy efficiency—can make laboratories both safe and sustainable. I2SL has started a working group, chaired by Kishor Kahn of AnSight LLC, to raise awareness about ventilation effectiveness for laboratories (VEL) among architects, engineers, facility managers, owners, and others who are involved in the design, operation, and maintenance of laboratories.
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  • I2SL added a module to the Laboratory Benchmarking Tool (LBT)—Operational Practices—which goes beyond energy benchmarking to allow users to compare policies and practices with their peers. Check out the module and add your own data to keep the tool growing in its reach and impact. Watch this video for more information on the LBT!
  • Learn about the Bringing Efficiency to Research (BETR) Grants program, which is an ongoing focus of the I2SL University Alliance Group (UAG).
  • The Continuous Improvement Working Group is developing tools and a process for continuous improvement in laboratory facilities.

Resources

  • Check out the recently released 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. Register for the fifth webinar today and view the recordings of the first, second, third, and fourth webinars of the series free of charge.
  • In February 2022, Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) announced its proposal to develop the Angeles Link—what would be the United States' largest green hydrogen energy infrastructure system to deliver clean renewable energy to the Los Angeles region. The project would drastically decrease reduce greenhouse gas emissions from electric generation, industrial processes, and heavy-duty trucks. SoCalGas says the infrastructure could help displace up to three million gallons of diesel fuel per day. Read the full press release here.
  • The 2021 I2SL Annual Conference was featured in issue 15 of Breakthrough magazine. The article explores key themes from the conference, including resilience, decarbonization, and equity and justice. It also pays tribute to the extraordinary life and work of I2SL's Founding President and Executive, Phil Wirdzek. Read the full article on pages 21-22.
  • While most laboratory sustainability efforts have focused on reducing environmental research, to fully achieve more sustainable labs, we need to consider also consider people and communities impacted by the science industry. I2SL Georgia Chapter Co-Vice President Star Scott and Christina Greever from I2SL partner My Green Lab explore how equity can increase sustainability in an issue of Lab Manager Magazine. You can read the full article here.
  • I2SL shared its mission and latest activities with Association of Physical Plant Administrators's (APPA) Facilities Manager Magazine. Check out the article to learn more about all the great educational resources and working groups I2SL supports. APPA also recently released its 2021 Thought Leaders Series, focused on connections, space, and place.
  • To help labs better prepare for future uncertainties, like pandemics or impacts from climate change, I2SL has created the new Laboratory Resilience Best Practices Guide. The guide explores the concepts underlying resilience and explains how labs can apply those concepts practically. I2SL has also revised several existing technical bulletins and best practices guides which are now available in the E-Library and Best Practices resource page.

Job Opportunities

  • Know a student looking to gain real world experience in the sustainability field? Check out the Sustainability Co-Op/Intern position at BioNTech. As a member of the Environment Health, and Safety (EHS) team, the Co-Op/Intern will assist in the development and implementation of critical aspects of BioNTech USís sustainability program, with a focus on initiatives at the Gaithersburg, Maryland facility.
  • Interested in a career in architecture? Check out these job listings on the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture website.
  • Tell us if you have a job opportunity that you would like us to share.