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Laboratory freezers. There are millions of them around the world — essential for scientific discovery and the betterment of human health. We don’t pay much attention to them until they have an issue or completely fail. But there’s something better for your science … periodically attending to your lab’s cold storage for better sample access, sample integrity, reduced costs, and energy savings. Represent UMB by joining the 2022 International Laboratory Freezer  Challenge, and over a period of six months, implement tried-and-true best practices for your refrigerators and freezers. This will benefit your science and the planet.

14.5 million kWh over five years have been saved through this challenge since 2017 — will you be a part of the effort this year? The winning labs and organizations are featured in the journal Nature and are recognized at the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories Conference in the fall. Sign up at Sign-ups are accepted on a rolling basis. The challenge officially starts Jan. 1, 2022, and the deadline to complete the challenge is July 1, 2022.

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