The International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL) has honored GBA Illinois Chairman Dan Doyle with its inaugural Phil Wirdzek Leadership Award. Two GBA projects also received I2SL Sustainable Laboratory Awards for renovation projects at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Awards were presented at the group’s recent Annual Conference in Pittsburgh.
The Wirdzek Award honors the legacy of I2SL Founding President and Executive Director Phil Wirdzek, who died in October 2021. He was the guiding force behind the nonprofit, which was created after federal funding for the prior Laboratories for the 21st Century program was discontinued. I2S has grown to encompass a worldwide network of sustainability professionals, joined in 14 U.S. and 3 international chapters. Doyle is a longtime supporter and active volunteer of the organization, assisting in the formation of the Great Lakes Chapter and serving for several years on the group’s board as Treasurer.
Current I2SL Executive Director Kathleen Brady said, “[Dan’s] record of contributions to I2SL’s goals and the sustainable laboratory community as a whole, coupled with [his] tireless support for the organization’s management and fostering other volunteers to contribute, made [him] the clear choice for the evaluation panel. [He inspires] others to support our shared goal, and carries on Phil’s legacy within the labs community.”
Two GBA-designed projects, both performed as Energy Performance Contracts in collaboration with Energy Systems Group, were honored with Sustainable Laboratory Awards. Both projects transformed laboratory facilities at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
The Materials Research Laboratory took an award in the Renovation/Retrofit Category and was honored for Excellence in Energy Efficiency. The Holonyak Micro & Nanotechnology Laboratory was honored in the same category for Excellence in Energy and Water Efficiency. Both projects have previously received ASHRAE awards at the state, regional, and international levels.