Sustainability in the Low Country - Labs21 Goes to Charleston, South Carolina

August 28, 2007

This October 2-4 in Charleston, South Carolina Laboratories for the 21st Century (Labs21®) will hold the Labs21 2007 Annual Conference, co-sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), as well as the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL).

The conference will provide technical sessions for addressing the issues of sustainability, as well as up-and-coming challenges to laboratory energy use, including the impact of laboratories on climate change. This year's event also has many new opportunities for participants. Five professional development courses from the National Biosafety and Biocontainment Training Program will run on Sunday, September 31 and Monday, October 1. Attendees can earn continuing education units through the International Association for Continuing Education and Training that count toward a biosafety and biocontainment certificate. Labs21 will also offer its Introductory, Advanced, Operations and Maintenance, and Environmental Performance Criteria workshops. Attendees in these courses can receive professional development hours for professional engineers or continuing education credits from the American Institute of Architects for registered architects.

In addition, the specialized symposia from last year's pre-conference events were such a success that Labs21 has incorporated these panel-based sessions into the main conference agenda. Topics will cover the realities of laboratory construction, goals for hospital design and efficiency, cross-contamination and international laboratory issues.

Early registration is now open at $650, and late registration will be available after August 3, 2007 for $700. Labs21 is also now offering full-time student discounts of $350 (early registration) and $400 (late registration). Learn more about the Labs21 2007 Annual Conference, including how to register, by visiting the Labs21 Web site.

For more information, please contact Will Lintner of FEMP 202-586-3120.