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2017 Go Beyond Awards

A unique awards program honoring organizations, individuals, products, and projects that are advancing sustainable, high-performance facilities.

2017 I2SL Annual Conference Go Beyond Award Winners

I2SL is pleased to acknowledge the winners of the 2017 Go Beyond Awards. Go Beyond Award winners show their commitment to excellence in sustainability in laboratory and other high-technology facility projects by going beyond the facility itself to consider shared resources, infrastructure and services, and neighboring communities, as well as contributing to increased use of energy-efficient and environmentally-sustainable designs, systems, and products.

The 2017 Go Beyond Award winners were announced during a special awards dinner at the 2017 I2SL Annual Conference on Monday, October 16, 2017, in Boston, Massachusetts. The awards recognized the outstanding work done by the following winners:

Individual Awards

Allen Doyle, University of California, Davis

Since Allen first began sustainability efforts at the University of California-Davis through his work today, he has done tremendous work promoting high-performing, sustainable buildings in the laboratory community. Many in the I2SL community consider Allen the father of green labs. From his co-founding LabRats at UC Santa Barbara to his pioneering work promoting energy-efficient, ultra-low temperature freezers, and the long hours he’s spent developing a comprehensive Laboratory Continuous Performance Improvement Program, Allen has been a mentor and inspiration to many.
He was instrumental in developing the I2SL (then Labs 21) Lab Equipment Wiki, which was one of the first forums for sharing performance data about lab-grade freezers, water baths, incubators, and more. Allen has also dedicated substantial time to leading the I2SL Working Group developing a comprehensive Laboratory Continuous Performance Improvement Program (LCPIP) Too, which evaluates and drives ongoing sustainability performance in new and existing laboratory facilities.

Building and Construction Authority, Singapore

The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) is a statutory board under the Ministry of National Development of the Singapore Government. The primary role of BCA is to develop and regulate Singapore's building and construction industry. In this role, BCA promotes green building technologies and designs through its Green Building Master Plan, which seeks to achieve an important milestone in Singapore’s commitments under the Paris Agreement—greening at least 80 percent of Singapore’s buildings by 2030.
As part of this effort, BCA developed the BCA Green Mark for Laboratories, which recognizes efforts and commitments by laboratory owners and operators to reduce the environmental impact of their facilities without compromising safety or indoor environmental quality. As part of this effort, BCA commissioned a 9-month laboratory benchmarking study in 2016 that was conducted by Nanyang Technological University’s Energy Research Institute in close collaboration with the Singapore Sustainable Lab Group of the Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore. The results of the study were used in concert with information from I2SL and affiliated groups to develop criteria for the Green Mark scheme.

Product Award

CoolLED pE-300 Series

The updated pE-300 Series is an LED based illuminator for fluorescence microscopy. Historically, the illumination required for this type of microscopy was provided by mercury/halide bulbs. However, the updated CoolLED pE-300 Series provides equal or better performance while using 60 percent or less power input. The LEDs radiate less heat than bulb-based approaches, and their lifetime exceeds tens of thousands of hours while producing no mercury waste. The pE-300 Series also offers improved output stability and consistency, and instant on/off controls ensure that energy is only consumed when needed.

Project Awards

Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex, Northeastern University

Constructed on an urban brownfield site consisting of an existing surface parking lot set between two garages, the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex (ISEC) is the first phase of a long-term vision to link the University’s Huntington Avenue Campus with nearby neighborhoods and public transportation.
The architectural form linked with high performance architecture, along with the implementation of the innovative energy recovery and conservation systems allows the ISEC to use 75% less energy than a typical intensive research building. The building also achieved a 40% reduction in water use over baseline standard with the use of low-flow plumbing and fixtures. The 234,000 GSF building houses four academic research disciplines—engineering, health sciences, basic sciences and computer science—and defines a dynamic and collaborative research culture.

Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories, Johns Hopkins University

The Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories (UTL) is a state-of-the-art, LEED Platinum, lab space on Johns Hopkins’ Homewood campus. The UTL building contains 20 high-tech lab spaces and classrooms for undergrads and faculty in the departments of Chemistry, Biology, Biophysics, Psychological and Brain Sciences, and Neuroscience.
Opened in 2013, the four-story, 105,000-square-foot facility was designed by Ballinger of Philadelphia to use 40 percent less energy than similar code-compliant lab buildings. Its energy-efficient design includes highly efficient heating and cooling systems, occupancy sensors that control lights and HVAC, daylight sensors, low-flow water fixtures, and cutting-edge lab technologies designed to conserve energy and water.


In addition to the award recipients, I2SL was pleased to receive the following 2017 Go Beyond Award nominations:

  • David Spradley, University of Georgia
  • Nainan Desai, United Therapeutic


    • Labconco High Performance Fume Hood Product Line
    • Stirling Ultracold SU780XLE Upright Ultra-Low Temperature Freezer


    • Anne-Marie Edward Building, John Abbott College
    • Battle of the Buildings Challenge, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Sustainable Initiatives
    • Environmental Science and Chemistry Building, University of Toronto Scarborough
    • Mortimer B. Zuckerman Research Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

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