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Freezer Challenge (In Progress)

Project History

  • 5/14/2018

    Hello everyone and Thank You to the many labs already registered!

    The International Freezer Challenge is in full swing with an EXTENDED deadline thru JUNE 15th.
    Approximately 25 labs have registered to participate in the Freezer Challenge. Reaching our goal of 50 labs participating will put the university in contention for first place in the academic organization category.

  • 4/2/2018

    Hello everyone, The International Freezer Challenge is in full swing thru April 30th. Help the University of Illinois compete while receiving recognition, and a certificate of leadership in Environmental Stewardship.

Description

"The International Laboratory Freezer Challenge promotes sample accessibility, sample integrity, reduced costs, and energy efficiency by harnessing a spirit of competition within and between laboratories. Challenge participants use well-evidenced criteria and best practices that support science quality and resilience while minimizing total costs and environmental impacts of sample storage."
click the link for more information and to REGISTER: https://www.freezerchallenge.org/

This project received $9,900 in Student Sustainability Committee funding in December 2018 to kickstart the program.
 

Background

The UIUC campus participated in the inaugural International Freezer Challenge during the 2016-17 academic year. The promotion efforts consisted of contacting lab Pi's, Safety Officers and lab users via several emails and encouraging them to participate. The email list was obtained through the campus OVCR and DRS offices. Some of the Facilities Managers along with the office of Research for Compliance sent out emails encouraging participation as well. The first year's lab participation included five labs and seven participants across campus. This participation reflects support and interest for sustainability in labs at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus.

LAB

CONTACT

LOCATIONS

Don Ort

Jing

Dong

Institute Genomic Biology 

 

Daniel

Kougias

Beckman Institute

 

Rajashekar

Iyer

Micro & Nano Technology Cell & Developmental Biology

Nicholas Kirchner

Nicholas

Kirchner

School of Molecular  &
Cell Biology

Carla Caceres

Ilona

Menel

Animal Biology

Jessica Brinkworth

Negin

Valizadegan

Anthropology

Mateus Novakofski

Sharon

Dubosky

Animal Chronic Waste Disease

Their participation scored 134 points for the Univeristy of Illinois Urbana Champaign campus during the 2017 Freezer Challenge
The iSEE ECBS SWATeam will be recognizing all lab participants by awarding certificates of Leadership and Environmental Stewardship in Sustainable Laboratory Practices


This is a Student Sustainability Committee supported project.

Project Team

  • Project Leader:

    Paul Foote

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