I2SL Sustainable Laboratory Times


Issue 35 – November 2014

In This Issue:


2014 I2SL Annual Conference
Attendees traveled from around the world for the 2014 I2SL Annual Conference. In this photo, attendees from China pose with I2SL Board of Directors members Phil Wirdzek, Franco Atassi, and Gordon Sharp.

This September, the 2014 I2SL Annual Conference brought speakers, attendees, and exhibitors from various corners of the sustainable laboratory and high-technology facility industry to Orlando, Florida, for an informative and energetic event. A high level of enthusiasm elevated discussions throughout the conference, whether they took place inside technical sessions or in the hallway during coffee breaks. I believe that this renewed energy stems in part from two new developments within I2SL: the establishment of regional I2SL Chapters and the surge of interest in I2SL from professionals in academia.

I2SL Chapters have provided a forum for community members to continue to network and collaborate between the annual conferences. Chapters have enthusiastically embraced I2SL's mission as they pursue activities and programs specific to their regions' interests. In addition, a wide range of professionals in academia have turned to I2SL seeking the latest advancements in research equipment, strategies to engage researchers in sustainability initiatives, and solutions in lab engineering and design. Sustainability coordinators, academic planners, and facility engineers have found significant opportunities to share and learn from one another at both the annual conference and through local I2SL Chapters.

I2SL's Go Beyond Award winners are also leaders in our community, proving that achieving sustainable, high-tech facilities is possible with the right mix of leadership and initiative. Learn more about this year's winners below and visit our website to see our past winners and this year's winners and nominees.  

I am encouraged by this growing level of excitement and look forward to seeing how I2SL's community grows in 2015 and beyond. Along with the I2SL Board of Directors, I welcome any and all involvement that can strengthen I2SL's capacity to serve the sustainable laboratory and high-tech facility community.

Finally, I wish to recognize the Eastern Research Group, Inc. (ERG) staff who continue to provide I2SL with the highest level of professional support. Along with I2SL's Board of Directors, I am grateful to our ERG staff for their planning and professionalism in supporting I2SL's mission, members, and the conference. Thank you all!

As we move into 2015, I wish all in the I2SL community happy holidays and look forward to collaborating in the new year.

Phil Wirdzek


Phil Wirdzek
President and Executive Director

I2SL Annual Conference

2014 Conference Wrap-Up

“It's so inspiring to be [at the conference]. I'm so impressed with the density of technical content, the creativity of solutions presented—to some pretty complex problem statements—but most of all, the passion of the speakers.”
- 2014 I2SL Annual Conference Attendee

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2014 I2SL Annual Conference! Attendees from 14 countries gathered in Orlando, Florida, to learn about the latest developments in sustainability at laboratories and other high-tech facilities. By attending presentations on a variety of topics, including third-party financing, labs users and behaviors, and climate neutral campuses, attendees earned more than 1,300 continuing education credits in total.

Onsite Mobile Application
I2SL's onsite mobile application saved more than 12,000 sheets of paper.

From the screening of the documentary Chasing Ice to the Tech Fair Reception to the closing reception, attendees took advantage of the time together to network and discuss current issues facing labs and other high-tech facilities. The Technology and Services Fair also allowed attendees to interact with companies that are leaders in the industry.

This year, I2SL embraced technology and offered a mobile conference app that included all the conference offerings and details on attendees' smartphones. This high-tech feature also allowed I2SL to save more than 12,000 sheets of paper by not printing conference programs. Conference attendees can still access the app and use it to recall specific presentations, speakers, and contacts. If you attended the conference and need assistance accessing the app, please contact I2SL.

GoBeyondLogo_forWeb.gifIn addition, the conference marked the return of the
Go Beyond Awards, and I2SL is proud to recognize this year's winners:

Read more about the efforts and achievements of this year's winners on I2SL's website.

Sudhakar Reddy
Neill Lane
Ernest Fossum
Dr. Sudhakar Reddy (left) accepts the Individual Award for his work with the University of Michigan Sustainable Laboratory Certification Program. Neill Lane (center right) accepts the User Product Award on behalf of Stirling Ultracold. Ernest Fossum (center right) receives the Project Award for the Energy Innovation Laboratory.
Not pictured here: Igor Starkov accepted the BIM Award for EcoDomus, Inc.

Clark's Remarks on the 2014 I2SL Annual Conference

Following the 2014 I2SL Annual Conference, attendee Larry Clark summarized event highlights in a blog post on HPAC Engineering's website. From green laboratories at universities to manufacturers innovating with energy-efficient equipment, read Sustainable Laboratories for Clark's remarks about this year's event.

Save the Date: 2015 I2SL Annual Conference in San Diego, California

2015 I2SL Annual ConferenceMark your calendars! The 2015 I2SL Annual Conference will take place Monday, September 21, through Wednesday, September 23, 2015, in beautiful San Diego, California, with pre-conference activities taking place on Sunday, September 20. The Call for Presenters will open in early 2015. In the meantime, you can make your hotel reservations online or by phone.

Do you have ideas for the 2015 I2SL Annual Conference? Let us know! Contact I2SL to share your thoughts and help shape the event.

A block of rooms is reserved at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay for conference attendees from Saturday, September 19, 2015, through Wednesday, September 23, 2015. Book your room within I2SL's block to receive a discounted rate! Per diem rooms are also available.

2015 I2SL Annual Conference Exhibitors
Exhibitor registration for the Technology and Services Fair is now open. As of November 10, 2014, the following organizations had already signed up. To join them, register today.

Thank You to Our 2014 I2SL Annual Conference Sponsors
I2SL thanks the following organizations for sponsoring the 2014 I2SL Annual Conference:

I2SL also thanks our first 2015 I2SL Annual Conference sponsor:


Support I2SL through sponsorship today! I2SL will use the onsite mobile application again in 2015, and there are several sponsorship opportunities you can select, including the splash screen or main banner.    

News You Can Use

New Air Conditioner Standards Aim to Make U.S. Department of Energy History, Save Businesses $50 Billion

In September, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) proposed new efficiency standards for commercial rooftop air conditioners that would decrease energy use by about 30 percent. Because air conditioners represent approximately 10 percent of a typical commercial building's electricity bill, the proposed standards could yield the greatest energy savings of any DOE standard. In fact, DOE projects that the standards could save businesses up to $50 billion over the lifetime of air conditioning units sold over 30 years. The proposed standards would not only lead to the development of high-efficiency rooftop air conditioners, but also to a decrease in electricity demand and carbon dioxide emissions. The final standards are set to be released by the end of 2015. Read the proposed standards for details.

CU Green Labs PosterGreen Your Laboratory With CU Green Labs Program Posters

Posters from the University of Colorado (CU) Boulder’s Green Labs Program are now available on I2SL’s website! The Green Labs Program works to minimize water and energy use in the university’s laboratories, without compromising safety or research integrity. The initiative is promoted on posters that can be printed and posted in lab buildings. Visit I2SL’s website to download and customize CU Green Labs posters, which feature tips on making labs more sustainable.

Checking in on Chapters

I2SL Welcomes New Chapters in the United States and Abroad

Upcoming I2SL Chapter Events

November 13
Heart of America Chapter
Labconco – Behind the Scenes Tour November 13
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

November 18
Emerald City Chapter
First Meeting and Membership Drive
5 p.m.
The Bullitt Center

January 8
Heart of America Chapter
Networking Happy Hour
5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Plaza Intercontinental, Oak Room
More information to come

I2SL recently increased its presence with four new chapters:

  • Emerald City Chapter in Seattle, Washington
  • North Carolina–Triangle Chapter, serving Research Triangle Park, North Carolina
  • San Diego County Chapter
  • Singapore, I2SL's first international chapter

Additional chapters are being organized in China, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; New York, New York; the San Francisco Bay Area; and Arizona. If you are interested in joining one of these chapter-planning groups, or if an I2SL Chapter does not exist in your region and you are interested in starting one, please contact I2SL.

Emerald City Chapter Makes its Debut

Sustainability is a core value in the Pacific Northwest, and with a robust high-tech sector continuing to grow in the region, local industry leaders have recognized the value in establishing an I2SL presence. Formed in September 2014, the new I2SL Emerald City Chapter represents Seattle, Washington, and its surrounding areas. The chapter serves as a local forum for collaborative creation of technologically advanced, energy-efficient, and environmentally responsible laboratories. In addition, the chapter promotes the application of a sustainable, “whole-building” approach in designing, engineering, constructing, and operating laboratories and other high-tech facilities. Officers and members advocate sharing real-world experiences and best practices to reduce waste and minimize water and energy use, while still improving daily facility operations in all types of laboratories. To learn more about joining or sponsoring the chapter, or to participate in the November 18 First Meeting and Membership Drive, please contact the Emerald City Chapter.   

New England Chapter Wraps Up a Successful First Year

New England Chapter Event

  The I2SL New England Chapter featured poster presentations from 2014 I2SL Annual Conference speakers at its October 14 event.

Now almost a year old, I2SL's New England Chapter has been busy keeping its members fully immersed in sustainable lab happenings. After hosting a networking reception at the 2014 I2SL Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, the chapter held a conference recap event on October 14, 2014, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The event featured poster presentations from conference speakers and offered chapter members the opportunity to network with fellow experts in lab sustainability. Visit the chapter's Web page to read a full summary and download posters from the event. With a threefold increase in local I2SL membership over the past year, the New England Chapter has many activities in the pipeline and is looking forward to year two. The chapter is seeking additional volunteers to help shape and organize events in 2015 and encourages interested individuals to email chapter leadership to learn more about getting involved. 

Windy City Chapter Works Up Laboratory Energy Savings

On October 20, 2014, the I2SL Windy City Chapter gathered for a training session hosted by Hill Mechanical, where I2SL Board of Directors Vice President Gordon Sharp offered the I2SL Workshop: Evaluate the Savings and Return on Investment (ROI) of Laboratory Energy Savings Strategies. The workshop’s 32 attendees learned how to utilize Sharp's holistic energy analysis tool for evaluating laboratory energy savings strategies.

I2SL’s First International Chapter Springs Into Action in Singapore

I2SL's Singapore Chapter, also known as the Singapore Sustainable Laboratories Group (S2Lab), formed to promote and push the boundaries of laboratory sustainability in tropical Singapore. The chapter was formed with support from the research team at the Energy Research Institute at Nanyang Technological University, Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore, and Singapore's National Environment Agency. The chapter's vision is to be a platform for experts and key players in the laboratory industry to discuss topics on energy efficiency, health and safety, and best practices for operation and maintenance. The chapter will also serve as the platform where best practice guides and guidelines for laboratory buildings, cleanrooms, and research facilities are developed. The chapter recently hosted the first Singapore Sustainable Laboratories Conference in October, which drew close to 100 participants from Singapore and overseas. The chapter is excited about the momentum created by the conference and looks to keep that momentum going as it moves into 2015.  

Heart of America Chapter To Go Behind the Scenes at Labconco

  Labconco's corporate headquarters
in Kansas City, Missouri

This Thursday, November 13, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., I2SL's Heart of America Chapter is offering an exclusive tour and networking luncheon at Labconco's corporate headquarters and Kansas City Plant. In addition to tours of the demonstration and testing labs and manufacturing facilities, attendees will also be treated to a presentation, demonstration, and discussion in the Labconco auditorium about fume hoods. Attendees will be eligible for up to three continuing education credits for participating.

If you're in the Kansas City region, mark your calendars for January 8, 2015, when the Heart of America Chapter will host a networking happy hour. More information on this event will be available soon.

Learn more about the Heart of America Chapter and its activities.  

Get Involved With I2SL

Competition for Grants in University Science
As competition for grants in university science becomes increasingly fierce, the need for laboratory efficiency and sustainability will continue to grow. Read about the “new normal” in university science funding, and post your thoughts to I2SL's LinkedIn group.

I2SL’s University Alliance Working Group Aligns With Campus Sustainability

With a growing number of academic professionals expressing interest in I2SL, the I2SL University Alliance Group (UAG) has been created to explore issues related to sustainability at academic research institutions. The UAG presently focuses on connecting sustainability to federally supported research at universities and working cooperatively to influence change. UAG meets both by webinar and face to face at the I2SL Annual Conference. Contact I2SL to join the UAG.

Help I2SL Develop a Laboratory Continuous Performance Improvement Program Tool

I2SL's Laboratory Continuous Performance Improvement Program Working Group continues to develop a rating system to evaluate and encourage ongoing sustainability performance in new and existing laboratories and high-tech buildings. View the draft Laboratory Continuous Performance Improvement Program Tool to see what the group has created so far. The group is always looking for participation from new members in the sustainable facility community. If you are interested in joining, contact I2SL

Around the Industry

Times Are Changing for Biomedical Research Labs

Laboratory Design Newsletter

The John Edward Porter Neuroscience Research Center was designed to encourage collaboration. Photo by Alain Jaramillo.

A recent article in Laboratory Design Newsletter points out that with an evolution in team-based and interdisciplinary research, it is important for laboratory planning and design to adapt to better support scientific progress. New biomedical research facility designs have focused on encouraging collaboration and innovation, with a number of key facility planning issues emerging for consideration. These include developing flexible laboratory spaces, optimizing spaces for team research, incorporating interactive technology, and providing virtual meeting spaces for researchers to communicate with colleagues around the world. In addition, these facility advances have illuminated the need for greater energy efficiency, as well as finding new sources of funding. Read the full article in Laboratory Design Newsletter to learn more about these and other issues brought up by recent developments in biomedical research facility design.


Upcoming Industry Events

The following are just some of the industry events taking place over the next few months. Visit I2SL’s online calendar to learn more about these and other upcoming events, and contact I2SL if you have an industry event that you would like us to share.

Association of University Research Parks International Conference
Boca Raton, Florida
December 2-5, 2014

2015 ASHRAE Winter Conference
Chicago, Illinois
January 24-28, 2015

4th Annual International Conference on Sustainable Energy and Environmental Sciences (SEES 2015)
February 9-10, 2015

The Green Data Center Conference & Exhibition
San Diego, California
February 24-26, 2015

Dubai, U.A.E. 
March 23-26, 2015

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