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Freezer Challenge, 2018 International- Launch email

Posted by Gerard Foote on January 22, 2018


U of I Campus Labs Encouraged to Join
2018 International Freezer Challenge

Members of iSEE’s Energy Conservation & Building Standards Sustainability Working Advisory Team (ECBS SWATeam) invite U of I labs of all shapes and sizes to register for the International Laboratory Freezer Challenge, which uses friendly competition to optimize sustainability of freezer management in laboratories.

Any type of laboratory is eligible to participate by working at its own pace to implement optimal cold storage management practices that save energy. Participating labs from the Illinois campus will receive certificates of Leadership and Environmental Stewardship in Sustainable Laboratory Practices along with special recognition from iSEE at the annual Sustainability Week Celebration and find themselves one-step ahead toward Green Lab certification, a proposed program being discussed on campus and at iSEE. The competition awards include individual lab awards, organization awards and a picture in Nature!

Results from last year’s winners:

The organizational winners of the Freezer Challenge were:

  • University of California San Diego
  • Eli Lilly and Company
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    UC San Diego saved an estimated 500,000 kWh/year, Lilly saved an estimated 130,400 kWh/year, the CDC saved an estimated 367,400 kWh/year, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center saved an estimated 25,000 kWh/year.

The individual laboratory winners were: 

  • The Hoekstra Lab from Harvard University
  • The Baker Lab from Eli Lilly and Company
  • The Elemental Analysis Laboratory from the CDCP
    The Hoekstra Lab saved an estimated 13,000 kWh/year, the Baker Lab saved an estimated 34,000 kWh/year, and the Elemental Analysis Laboratory saved an estimated 64,500 kWh/year.

Visit the iCAP Portal for more information on last year’s event
Registration is ongoing through April 30th 2018 More details can be found on the competition website >>>

Registration is quick and you participate anytime throughout the semester!

Partial promotional support provided by the UIUC Student Sustainability Committee (SSC)

Questions can be sent to
Paul Foote, email:
U of I, Freezer Challenge Site Coordinator
University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
Facilities and Services, Utilities and Energy Services
Energy Conservation and Retro-commissioning