Past Events

join I2SL NorCal: BrinGing smart labs to california

Join us to learn about the Smart Labs process, which optimizes lab safety and regularly achieves whole building energy saving of 20-40%.


Virtual webinar on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 12pm (pst)


  • Alison Farmer, Director, KW Engineering

  • Deirdre Carter, Energy & Sustainability Manager, LBNL

  • Karla Arredondo, Ventilation, HEPA and Robotics Program Manager, LBNL

  • Allen Doyle, Safety & Sustainability Specialist, 3Flow

  • Wendell Brase, Associate Chancellor for Sustainability, UC Irvine

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join I2SL NorCal and I2SL New England for the MiT NANO Center virtual tour & Panel


Virtual webinar on Tuesday, March 9th from 9-10:30am (PST)


  • Travis Wanat, Sr. Project Manager, MIT - Capital Projects Group

  • Scott Lebow, Sr. Project Manager, HGA Architects & Engineers

  • Marcell Graeff, Sustainability Lead, HGA Architects & Engineers

  • Jacob Knowles, Director of Sustainable Design, BR+A

I2sL Norcal annual conference recap


Virtual webinar on Tuesday, November 10th from 9-10:30am (PST)


Three sessions:

  • Session 1 - Electrification and Decarbonization of Research Facilities presented by John McDonald of Smithgroup (20-25 min)

  • Session 2 - What a Difference FDD Makes (at Stanford) presented by Alison Farmer of KW Engineering and Leslie Kramer of Stanford University (20-25 min)

  • Session 3 - California Mandatory Regulation for Fume Hood Sash Closers and Exhaust Contaminant Measures presented by Victor Neuman of Laboratory Exhaust Certification

2020 Virtual I2sL Annual Conference


Virtual webinar on Monday-Wednesday, October 5-7, 2020 (all day)


The International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL) is offering its Annual Conference and Technology Fair Virtually this year!

You'll hear from lab owners, operators, designers, and engineers in the comfort of your own home or office as they discuss the most pressing safety and sustainability topics affecting labs during COVID-19 and in the future.

thursday september 17th


Virtual webinar on Thursday, September 17th, 2020 from Noon-1PM (PST)


ASHRAE and I2SL Northern California presents Lab Considerations Through a Pandemic

  1. Guest speakers include:

    • Lyn Gomes, MEP Coordinator at DPR Construction

    • James Falconer, M.E., Principal at Affiliated Engineers, Inc.

    • Todd See, PE, LEED BD+C, Principal at WSP

    • Michele Sagehorn, CEM, LEED AP, Principal - Commissioning Authority at Red Car Analytics

    • Martin Gicklehorn, Principal/Lab Planner/President at GL Planning

  2. Topics to include:

    • Current challenges related to HVAC systems during a pandemic

    • Production vs. safety when bringing employees back into the laboratory

    • Sustainability and energy consumption

Wednesday August 26th


Virtual webinar on Wednesday, August 26th, 2020 from Noon-1PM (PST)


Guest speakers from My Green Lab will cover the topic of sustainability in scientific research.

  • Guest speakers include James Connelly and Rachel Ralph

  • They will be discussing trends in sustainability and biotech, how to achieve Green Lab Certification, and other benefits of going green with your lab.

  • Webinar Content and Attachments


Moderator: Jonathan Eisenberg, ARUP

Lisa Churchill, Associate Principal, ARUP

Patrick Daley, Gritstone Oncology

Jim Doughty, CIH, Senior Program Manager, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Koray Kaya, Principal Engineer, AlfaTech

Ted Palashis, President, Overbrook Support Services

Kelley Raasch, CSP, Associate Director of EHS, The Broad Institute

Mary Jo Spector, Director of Research Facilities, Design, Construction, and Maintenance, Florida State University

Wednesday July 8th

Townhall Webinar

COVID-19 has changed the way laboratories operate, from academic institutions to research and development protocols. To continue this important conversation as labs consider reopening and retooling for the future, the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL) is hosting its second free town hall on the topic, COVID-19 Challenges and Successes for Designing and Operating Safe and Sustainable Labs, from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. Eastern (9:00 to 10:30 a.m. Pacific) on July 8, 2020.

Hear a panel of experts from university and pharmaceutical laboratories on the East and West Coast address the top questions facing lab owners, operators, engineers, and designers today as we learn to adapt to COVID-19 concerns:

  • Successes/challenges surrounding social distancing in labs, common areas such as elevators, or non-lab buildings,

  • How the pandemic is challenging lab design requirements, new and retrofit, from both a safety and sustainability angle.

  • How you can prioritize sustainability when addressing air quality/exchanges to keep labs safer and still energy-efficient.

The I2SL Northern California and New England Chapters are co-hosting this town hall with the generous support of their local sponsors and in conjunction with the California Life Sciences Association (CLSA) and the San Francisco Chapter of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE). This town hall is the second in a series of events I2SL is provide to discuss lessons learned about safe and sustainable lab stoppage and start-up; watch the first one, Returning to the Operational Laboratory Environment During COVID-19, which is free to the public.

Register today! Attendees at the July 8 town hall will have an opportunity to ask questions and participate in polls. If you can’t make it July 8, I2SL and CLSA will post a recording on their websites. Stay safe!

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Wednesday May 20th


Joint I2SL Norcal / ISPE SF webinar on Wednesday May 20th from 12pm-1pm PDT


Cal OSHA Fumehood Requirements and What Can Be Done About Them

Cal OSHA requires that fumehood face velocity be maintained at 100 feet per minute. While it’s not necessarily true that 100 FPM is any safer than a lower face velocity, it’s also not necessarily true that a lower face velocity saves you energy. This session looks at:

  • How we specify and operate fumehoods in order to reduce our energy consumption while still maintaining safety

  • Is it worth seeking a variance for a lower face velocity?

  • Should we be looking to lobby for changing this regulation?

Tuesday FEBRUARY 11th

Lab Tour/talk

AstraZeneca’s New Oyster Point Facility

After the tour, guests met in a conference room at AstraZeneca for appetizers, drinks, and networking, followed by a panel of lab experts who spoke about the sustainable strategies they used to build and run AstraZeneca & sustainable practices their companies implement on similar buildings.

Paul Long, Director, Site Operations at AstraZeneca

Sam D'Avanzo, Senior Project Manager, XL Construction

Rob Williamson, Principal & Leader of Science + Technology at HOK

Michael Charney, Principal at Spectrum PMG

MC for Panel: Cynthia Ruby, CEO at Cynthia Ruby and Associates & I2SL NorCal Events Committee Member

Rob Silberstein giving a very interesting presentation on sustainable beer making

June 2019

sustainable Labs Mixer

At DPR in San Francisco, fellow sustainable lab enthusiasts networked and discussed the latest in sustainable lab design, construction, and operation.

Special Guest, Ron Silberstein, Owner & Brewmaster at ThirstyBear provided complimentary beer tastings and gave an interesting presentation on the process of beer making and sustainable practices in their business. ThirstyBear is the first and only brewery in San Francisco to brew certified organic beer and become a certified Green Business!

April 2019

Genentech sustainability Meeting

Genentech pilot plant tour


Sustainable lab practices presented by Kristi Budzinski (Genentech Green Chemistry/BioPharma Program Manager)


Implementing the Roche Directive K6 to eliminate all CFCs HCFCs, and HFCs and other chemicals that are harmful to the environment at Genentech presented by Cassie Waddell (Genentech Principal Engineer) and Mark Kehoe (Affiliated Engineers Project Manager)

I2SL Bay Area Title 24- Lab Exhaust Strategies.pptx

February 2019

Joint Local ASHRAE /I2SL Meeting

Designing Safe and Energy Efficient Laboratory Exhaust Systems under the 2019 California Title 24 Regulations

Presented by Brad Cochran

Greg Muth with presenters Jim Sharpe, Alison Farmer, and Allison Paradise
Alison Farmer presenting on the new I2SL/DOE lab benchmarking tool

November 2018

I2SL Annual Conference recap

Three top Bay Area laboratory leaders shared their presentations from the conference, which was held in Raleigh, North Carolina in October. We learned about the upcoming new I2SL/DOE lab benchmarking tool, the latest in green lab certifications and sustainable procurement, and the mechanical design of an outstanding new, modern laboratory facility. The future of sustainable labs has never looked so great.

September 2018

Hard Hat Lab Tour - Gilead

A hard hat tour of Gilead Sciences, Building NB324. This new 357,000 sf laboratory building, scheduled to open the second quarter of 2019, will include Biology, Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics (DMPK), Drug Safety Evaluation, Medicinal Chemistry, and Structural Chemistry labs. It will also allow Gilead to create a centralized location for research laboratories on its Foster City campus.

May 2018

Kickoff Social- McCarthy Construction

A network event with other professionals interested in the sustainability of research facilities where we heard about all the exciting upcoming events for the rest of the year.

Event photos