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

  3. Registration Link:

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.


Moderator: Jonathan Eisenberg, ARUP

Lisa Churchill, Associate Principal, ARUP

Lisa Churchill, PG, is an Associate Principal in Arup’s Boston office with a focus on resilience. Ms. Churchill has expertise in climate and other disruptors including large-scale environmental perturbations such as pandemics and mass extinctions. She is a faculty member for an executive level course on urban resilience at MIT and co-author of original research quantifying the financial and economic impacts of climate change. She recently published a piece on private sector resilience during COVID-19.

Patrick Daley, Gritstone Oncology

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

Jim Doughty is a Certified Industrial Hygienist and currently employed as Senior Program Manager in the Industrial Hygiene Program in MIT’s Environment, Health and Safety Office. Mr. Doughty has been working the EHS field for over 20 years. He is the primary author of MIT’s Laboratory Ventilation Management Plan and serves a pivotal role in laboratory design and construction projects with a focus on ventilation and energy conservation.

Koray Kaya, Principal Engineer, AlfaTech

Mr. Kaya is a Principal Engineer with AlfaTech based in San Francisco. A California licensed Mechanical Engineer and LEED accredited professional with over 15 years of experience, Mr. Kaya is committed to HVAC innovation and evolving the field to meet the needs of high-profile clients and the environment. He has worked on a multitude of large scale and complex projects, both as an engineer and a project manager. He brings expert knowledge in system design and sustainable technologies to every project.

Ted Palashis, President, Overbrook Support Services

Mr. Palashis founded Overbrook Support Services, a privately-owned professional laboratory services and instrumentation company, in 2001. The company focuses on essential laboratory instrumentation services throughout the life cycle of the laboratory. Overbrook Support specializes in laboratory relocations, laboratory asset management, instrumentation engineering and procurement services and provides support to the life sciences, biotech, materials and environmental testing industries. Overbrook clients include EMD Serono, Quest Diagnostics, Sanofi Genzyne, Bureau Veritas, and others.

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

Kelley Raasch, is a certified safety professional and Associate Director of Environmental Health and Safety at the Broad Institute and has more than 20 years of experience in the EHS field. She holds a B.S. in Industrial Hygiene and Environmental Toxicology from Clarkson University. For the last 13 years, Ms. Raasch has helped develop and manage many aspects of the Broad’s EHS Department. She implemented an institute-wide Crisis and Emergency Management Plan with supporting business continuity plans for both administration and lab operations. She is a member of the Broad’s COVID task force team and has been intimately involved with managing the Institute’s pandemic response.

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

Ms. Spector has been the Director of Research Facilities at Florida State since 2013. A Florida licensed architect and LEED accredited professional, Ms. Spector is focused on the design and construction of research facilities at Florida State, both in new and renovated space. Prior to joining FSU, she worked for a number of architectural firms including Flad & Associates, where her she managed healthcare and laboratory projects for Shands Healthcare, the Centers for Disease Control, the University of South Florida, and others for over 30 years.

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!

Additional Information:

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