Univ. of Minnesota to host free lab sustainability workshop

Univ. of Minnesota to host free lab sustainability workshop

May 2

Want to learn how to maximize lab safety, energy efficiency, and sustainability?

You are invited to the Smart Labs Workshop on Thursday, May 23rd at the John Tate Hall of Physics 116 Church St. SE (Room 101) on the University of Minnesota Campus in Minneapolis, MN. (A five-minute walk from the East Bank Light Rail Stop and a two-minute walk from the church St. Parking Garage.)

Laboratory buildings can use 50% more energy than required, and safety can be compromised by poor design and operation. This impacts research success, cost, and sustainability. This workshop provides proven solutions with a major focus on collaboration to achieve success. By attending, you will learn from national experts how to maximize lab safety, energy efficiency, and sustainability.

The free workshop is provided by the University of Minnesota, the Department of Energy (Better Buildings initiative), the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), I2SL, and 3Flow. Register here: 3flow.com/training/workshop-registration

Topics Include:

  • The Importance of the Laboratory Environment to R&D Success
  • The Relevant Codes, Standards and Latest Guidelines
  • How to Evaluate Risk and Determine Appropriate Safety Measures
  • How to Design and Operate High Performance Laboratories
  • How to Apply Smart Labs to Optimize Performance in New and Existing labs
  • How to Implement a Smart Labs Management Program to Maintain Safety and Efficiency

Speakers for the event will include Tom Smith of 3Flow, Mike Austin and Shane Stennes of the Univ. of Minnesota, and staff from NREL. It’s free to attend, with no risk, but plenty to gain! At a minimum you will receive breakfast, lunch, and opportunities to network with your peers. Don’t miss out.

Be part of something important

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), through its Better Buildings initiative, aims to improve the energy efficiency of America’s laboratories. In 2016, DOE launched the Better Buildings Smart Labs Accelerator (SLA), inspired by the Smart Labs program of the Univ. of California-Irvine. It is a national leadership initiative to reduce laboratory energy use across a portfolio of laboratory buildings by at least 20% through leveraging best practices and advancing industry collaboration around lessons learned.

Better Buildings Accelerators are driven by volunteer partnerships and engagement. For more information on SLA, visit: https://betterbuildingssolutioncenter.energy.gov/accelerators/smart-labs

For questions about the DOE and UMN Smart Labs Workshop, call 3Flow: 919-319-4290.

G/BA and sustainable labs

G/BA is a proud sponsor of I2SL and its sustainable lab initiatives. Contact Dan Doyle for help in making your lab facility more energy efficient, cost effective, and safe.