In an effort to encourage the use of shared equipment in shared spaces at the University of Colorado Boulder, the CU Green Labs program 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 and are a great target for reducing energy consumption in labs. Not only are they energy intensive, but they are also expensive for labs that 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 four ultra-low temperature freezers on campus. Each freezer has a manager; users are required to keep an inventory at the box level; and freezer space is leased on a per-freezer-box basis. The goal is to establish a program that is a benefit to researchers and utilizes space effectively in ultra-low temperature freezers.
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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 and Clark College in 2011, she has conducted research at Oregon Health and Science University and worked as a coordinator in research compliance at CU Boulder. She began her current position with CU Green Labs in September 2015.