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2022 Freezer Challenge Results

Posted by Kejsi Ago on August 12, 2022

From: Foote, Gerard Paul <gfoote2 at>
Sent: Friday, August 12, 2022 4:01 PM

Subject: Urgent poll for photo shoot & 2022 Freezer Challenge results


Hello Everyone,

Congratulations, on another world-class performance and international recognition in the 2022 International Freezer Challenge!

You have reduced over 290,000 kWh’s annually, an energy cost savings of over $25,500, which is our second highest results since participating in this competition and has earned the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign an Honorable Mention in the 2022 Freezer Challenge!

Yes, I know this is not the same as first place or even the innovative Winning Streak Award that we helped create, but it is a testament to our world-class example and leadership in sustainable laboratory practices in research sample cold-storage management.

Most importantly, your continued efforts, participation and documenting these lab practices reflects efficient adoption and implementation of sustainable laboratory practices that have long lasting impacts once incorporated into the labs day-to-day operations.

On a side note: My competitive side suspects that we once again may have outperformed or at least participated in the top tier of participating universities worldwide, more follow up to come.


Please add your availability in this When2Meet calendar:  by August 19th 2022 deadline?


FYI- The overall impacts are still being accumulated and will be shared in a campus wide media release and mass email.  

The rules now state we are only able to be recognized for 1st place or the Winning Streak Award if previous winners surpass their previous year’s energy savings calculations and while we achieved are second highest reductions to date, overall it was not higher than last year’s reductions of over 383,000 kWh’s.


Thank you 

Paul Foote

Think Globally. Act Locally

Energy Efficiency and Conservation Specialist
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
F&S Energy Services Retrocommissioning

Email: gfoote2 at

Office: 217-244-1048