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Breakfast Session:
International Perspectives on Sustainable Laboratory Design

Thursday, October 7

Hosted by the U.S. Department of State

Sustainable laboratory design, engineering, and management knows no borders. Across the country and around the world, laboratory professionals face similar challenges when designing, constructing, and maintaining this unique building type. These shared challenges—as well as growing opportunities for cost savings, energy efficiency, and overall environmental improvements—link architects, engineers, facility managers, and owners worldwide.

Over the past few years, international interest in the Labs21 program has continued to grow. From places as diverse as Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Canada, Mexico, England, and Europe, professionals have embraced the goals of Labs21 and improved environmental performance in laboratories.

Attendees of this breakfast session shared international perspectives on the emerging field of sustainable laboratory design and management. The group reviewed some of the exciting activities taking place in Australia and Canada and also explored other opportunities for promoting the goals of Labs21 outside the United States.

Topics included:

  • Current international views and trends on sustainable laboratory design
  • Opportunities to promote the goals of Labs21, such as:
    • Student Design Competitions
    • International Conferences
    • Speaking opportunities and workshops
    • General promotion of sustainable laboratory design

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