If you've tackled all the low-hanging fruit on your laboratory improvement list, where do you take your sustainability efforts next? Following are five topics you can learn more about during the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL) Annual Conference, October 20-23, 2019, in Denver, Colorado.
- Bridging the climate change gap: Think globally, act locally… it applies to more than the environment. Conference attendees will hear how climate change has affected keynote speaker Benetick Kabua Maddison, whose family was displaced from the Marshall Islands by rising ocean levels. Then University of Colorado Boulder climatologist David Gallaher and other panelists will discuss what is being done to mitigate the effects of climate change at the local level.
- Resilient labs are sustainable labs: As climate change increases the frequency of extreme weather events, resilient design has become a critical approach in science and industry. A session sponsored by RWDI will discuss the process of planning laboratories with resilient design principles in mind, as well as contingency planning for core facilities.
- Safe ventilation doesn't have to be exhausting: The ventilation system is the lifeblood of any laboratory building. Brad Cochran of CPP Wind Engineering & Air Quality will lead a pre-conference workshop on maximizing ventilation system performance while ensuring safety and efficiency. You can also tour CPP's New Wind Tunnel Laboratory to see how wind affects buildings and their performance.
- Test, adjust, balance, and repeat: Proper testing, adjustment, and balancing (TAB) is critical to the long-term safety, performance, and operating costs of lab buildings and the well-being of occupants. Sponsored and presented by B2Q Associates, a session devoted to TAB will show how commissioning agents, engineers, and operators can make informed decisions about building systems throughout the lab design and construction process.
- Technology is reaching new heights: Need a break from learning new ideas for your lab? Attend the 2019 Technology and Services Fair to get information on the latest equipment and services to make facilities safer and more efficient.
Join us in Denver, Colorado, October 20 through 23, 2019, and learn more about how to take your lab sustainability to new heights!