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CU-Boulder was one of the two top winners of the 2011 National Freezer Challenge. The challenge was made by University of California-Davis (UC-Davis), to universities across the nation to encourage labs to address the many actions that can be taken to improve sample access and energy efficiency related to lab freezers. For more information on these actions, see the website that was created for CU-Boulder’s participation in the contest at https://sites.google.com/site/labfreezercompetitioncuboulder/.
Forty-five CU-Boulder labs in total took actions that contributed to our total score in the competition. Funding to incentivize participation in the contest by CU-Boulder labs came from Sustainable CU, the Environmental Center, and Facilities Management Office of Sustainability. However, many labs indicated that they participated simply because it was the right thing to do. In fact, the Anseth lab donated their UMC Connection gift card to Attention Homes in Boulder and the Blumenthal Lab asked that their winnings be used for additional conservation efforts in the MCDB Dept.
In the end, CU-Boulder was in competition against three other universities: UC-Davis, UC-Santa Barabara, and the University of Pennsylvania. UC-Davis earned the most points with 951 points. CU-Boulder had the second highest point score with 504 points. Therefore, UC-Davis won the “most points” category. However, to normalize between campuses, the contest used the # of Ultra Low Temperature (ULT) freezers on each campus. Davis has 923 ULT freezers (~1 point/ ULT) whereas CU-Boulder has 130 ULT freezers (~4 points/ULT). As a result, CU-Boulder overwhelming won the “normalized” category!!!
The following was accomplished during the Challenge at CU-Boulder:
Way to go CU-Boulder Labs!!! These are impressive results!