The deadline to submit score sheets for this year's Freezer Challenge has been extended to July 1, 2020.
Stay safe & healthy. We look forward to celebrating the winners of the 2020 Freezer Challenge later this year.
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If you’re curious about why your lab earns points for certain actions in the Freezer Challenge, we invite you to an upcoming webinar that will cover this and much more. Christina Greever of My Green Lab and Kathryn Ramirez-Aguilar of CU Boulder join forces to explain current cold storage best practices, and why these best practices benefit the environment and your wallet. Other benefits of efficient cold storage will also be discussed, such as improved resiliency, optimized use of freezer resources, and reduced infrastructure, space, and utility needs that lead to lower overhead costs. If you know of others who would like to learn more about the Freezer Challenge via webinar, please share this information with them too.
Example topics that this webinar will discuss:
Efficient Cold Sample Storage: Reducing the environmental footprint (and financial impact) of freezer user in research
April 2nd at 11 AM PDT
Sponsored by Brooks Life Sciences
Cost is free
Register on the LabRoots website
In addition, there are just six weeks left of this year’s International Laboratory Freezer Challenge! Can you believe it? Now’s the time to dig out your score sheet and get started if you haven’t already. Haven't received your score sheet yet? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request it! Score sheets are sent out automatically, but sometimes they find their way into spam folders or can't find their way past firewalls, so don't hesitate to contact us if you need yours resent.
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Have you heard of Marie Kondo, author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and founder of the KonMari Method? She has made a name for herself helping others tidy their lives. Consider whether your laboratory's cold storage could benefit from some attention using the KonMari Method! We’re not suggesting that every scientific sample from your lab should “spark joy” in order to warrant you keeping it, but samples you do keep should still be useful, the containers should be legible, and someone in your lab should know what they are. Better yet, have an inventory of all samples stored in your lab! You can earn points for cleaning out samples and starting/updating inventories on the Freezer Challenge scoresheet.
If freezer boxes are perpetually working their way off shelves and threatening to drop on the floor, if you have to battle through several inches of ice to find what you’re looking for, or if it takes you 5+ minutes to find a particular sample you need, then perhaps it is time to put the KonMari Method to work in your laboratory! Find another refrigerator or freezer to use as swing space and get organizing!
Haven't received your Freezer Challenge score sheet yet? Email us at email@example.com to request it! Score sheets are sent out automatically, but sometimes they find their way into spam folders, and sometimes they can't seem to find their way past firewalls, so don't hesitate to contact us if you need yours resent.