Cold Storage Webinar


Speakers: Kathy Ramirez-Aguilar, Ph.D. & Christina Greever


For nearly a decade, efforts have been growing within the laboratory sustainability community to minimize the environmental impact of cold sample storage in research and to communicate these opportunities to scientists.

When cold storage is employed with reduced energy usage and space optimization, research benefits from better sample management, better protection of research samples, and cost savings through efficient use of resources.

This presentation will cover best practices promoted by the Freezer Challenge, a yearly competition organized by My Green Lab and the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL). This competition involves laboratories in the higher education, non-profit, federal, and private sectors. We will discuss other benefits of efficient cold storage, such as improved resiliency, optimized use of freezer resources, and reduced infrastructure, space, and utility needs that lead to lower overhead costs.

This webinar is part of a series that will be presented by I2SL.


Learning Objectives:

  • Define how efficient cold storage practices can positively impact research such as improved sample integrity through better freezer performance, better management of research specimens, and lower overhead costs through reduced utility and infrastructure needs.
  • Apply best practices promoted through the Freezer Challenge to minimize the environmental footprint of cold sample storage in research labs.


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