Lab Building Benchmarking: Boston and Beyond Webinar

This webinar will present an important new benchmarking study of academic laboratory buildings from the Boston area, conducted by the Boston Green Ribbon Commission’s Higher Education Working Group. Lab buildings are a key area of focus at large research institutions, where they are typically the biggest energy consumers on campus. The quality and detail of the new GRC sample of 121 buildings exceeds that of any publicly available dataset of lab facilities. A presenter from Harvard University (which chairs the Working Group) will describe the motivation for the study and its collaborative approach to tackling lab energy use. The analysis results and their implications beyond Boston – including the development of an energy score for lab buildings – will be presented by the study’s lead analyst.


  • Caroleen Verly, Sustainability Data Analyst, Harvard University
    Caroleen is the Sustainability Data Analyst in the Harvard Office for Sustainability and the Manager of the Green Ribbon Commission’s Higher Education Working Group, which is chaired by Harvard.
  • Alison Farmer, kW Engineering, Project Manager
    Alison is a former research astrophysicist who now specializes in saving this planet by bringing energy efficiency to laboratory buildings. Her focus areas at kW include energy auditing, control system design and commissioning, and energy use benchmarking. Alison has chaired the benchmarking working group of the International Institute for Sustainable Labs since its inception in 2014. She has bachelors and masters degrees in physics from the University of Cambridge and a PhD in Astrophysics from Caltech.

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