Green Labs Symposium

Bringing together lab experts from the higher education, health care, and biotech sectors to explore shared challenges and solutions to making our labs more sustainable.

Hosted by the Boston Green Ribbon Commission Higher Education and Health Care Working Groups

Thursday, March 27, 2014
8 am–6 pm

Harvard University
Loeb House and Faculty Club


Welcome address

Smart Labs Keynote: Wendell Brase

Part 1 Smart Labs Workshop: Matt Gudorf

Part 2 Smart Labs Workshop: Marc Gomez

Part 3 Smart Labs Workshop: David Kang

Part 4 Smart Labs Workshop: Fred Bockmiller

Part 5 Smart Labs Workshop: Matt Gudorf

Phil Wirdzek

Allen Aloise

Paul Lukitsch

Chris Longchamps

John Kibbee and Joe Ranahan

David MacNeil and Fran Boucher

Read Event White Paper

Green Labs Symposium Summary 


Tilak Subrahmanian

Wendell Brase

Phil Wirdzek

Allen Aloise

Smart Labs Workshop (Part 1)

Smart Labs Workshop (Part 2)

Paul Lukitsch

Chris Longchamps

Joe Ranahan

David MacNeil

Conference Highlights

  • A workshop and detailed case study presented by the Smart Labs team at UC Irvine, which has realized energy savings of 50% or more in existing and new laboratories. Featuring technical presentations from personnel in UC Irvine’s Facilities Management and Environmental Health & Safety organizations.
  • Other best-in-class success stories, with a technical focus on energy efficiency, lab design, and HVAC strategies.
  • Ample time for participants to discuss shared challenges and best practices.
  • Opportunities to provide input on future events and other resources.
  • Presentations from NSTAR and National Grid about optimizing the rebate process.
  • Lunch and an evening networking reception.

Conference Agenda

8 am

Registration and coffee

8:45 am

Welcome address

  • Video welcomes from Katie Lapp, Executive Vice President at Harvard University and Chair of the Boston Green Ribbon Commission Higher Education Working Group and Kate Walsh, President and CEO of Boston Medical Center and Co-Chair of the Boston Green Ribbon Commission Health Care Working Group, Introduced by Heather Henriksen, Director of the Harvard Office for Sustainability
  • Tilak Subrahmanian, Vice President of Energy Efficiency for Northeast Utilities

9 am

Keynote Speakers

  • Wendell Brase, Vice Chancellor, Administrative & Business Services at UC Irvine
  • Phil Wirdzek, Founding President and Executive Director of the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL), Introduced by Greg Muth, President of the new Boston Chapter of I2SL

    ​Walking with Owners

    Not only must a new or existing laboratory or related high technology facility be designed and engineered for energy and environmental sustainability, it must be built to accommodate that intended performance.  Similarly, the design, the engineering and construction must be undertaken to enable the owner and facility occupants to maintain and operate the facility to achieve the investment for performance. This presentation will simply define the need for efficient communication of standardized information that is at once understandable and comprehensive, and support behavior that will remain consistent throughout the expected life of the facility. Without meaningful and clear communication of relevant information to all facility stakeholders, sustainability may be unachievable and the performance investments wasted.
  • Allen Aloise, Director of Laboratories and Co-Director of Graduate Studies in the Harvard Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology

    What Does A Student Gain by Working In An Efficient Academic Lab?

    Significant progress has been made in the design and equipping of academic laboratories to minimize energy consumption and conserve resources.  The fiscal and environmental benefits of these actions for the buildings and universities these labs reside in have been well documented.  Yet when our students are unaware of these benefits and are not engaged in efficient laboratory operations, they can be left to wonder:  What will I gain by working in an efficient lab?  Will my experiment progress more quickly?  Will I achieve additional publications in more prestigious journals?  While students’ immediate paybacks are less tangible than an improved reaction, they are perhaps more significant in the long run.  In the Harvard Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, when researchers, from undergraduates to post-docs, are included in the design, equipping, and operation of efficient and sustainable laboratories, they gain knowledge and and learn principles that will inform the decisions they make as they embark in their professional careers around the world.  This learning process is consistent with Harvard’s educational mission and is now considered an essential part of our curriculum. 

10 am


10:30 am

University of California, Irvine, Smart Labs Workshop Part 1

  • Marc A. Gomez, Assistant Vice Chancellor, EH&S and Facilities Management at UC Irvine
  • Matt Gudorf, Campus Energy Manager at UC Irvine
  • Fred Bockmiller, Manager, Engineering Group at UC Irvine
  • David Kang, Industrial Hygiene Energy Specialist at UC Irvine

12 pm

Lunch sponsored by NSTAR and National Grid

1:15 pm

University of California, Irvine, Smart Labs Workshop Part 2

2:15 pm

Additional presentations

  • Balancing the Demands of Facility Cost, Redundancy, and Energy Efficiency—When Designing and Constructing a LEED Gold Medical Device Cleanroom Facility

    Paul Lukitsch, Regional Facilities Manager at EMD Millipore

    This presentation will highlight a project that was recently completed at EMD Millipore to design and construct 2 LEED Gold Certified Cleanrooms to manufacture medical device assemblies. This project applied innovative techniques to design, construct, and operate this production space efficiently and cost effectively, while building in critical redundancy and robustness. The company’s philosophy on Green Building projects such as LEED, along with the performance results will be presented.  
  • Partners Healthcare Strategic Energy Master Plan for Labs

    Chris Longchamps,
    Senior Facilities Engineer at Partners HealthCare

    Partners has been involved in an aggressive Strategic Energy Master Plan (SEMP) for the last several years.  Lab Buildings are by far the largest consumer of energy per square foot.  We will discuss a case study on one specific lab building and how we made some relatively simple changes in its operation and saved tons of energy and lots of money.  In addition, we have been able to maintain the savings with a constant commissioning program that is ahead of the curve.
  • Optimizing Building Performance while Reducing Energy at Northeastern University's Egan Research Center

    John Kibbee, Program Manager at NSTAR Electric & Gas, Joe Ranahan, Energy Manager at Northeastern University

    Northeastern University's Egan Research Center represents a small portion of NEU's footprint, but a very high percentage of it's energy use.  In 2012, plans were put into motion to get the building to perform well while reducing it's energy utilization.  Like most comprehensive projects, the work at Egan, required a team in order to accomplish.  Commissioning work, Balancing work, Engineering calculations, Sequence design, Field modifications, and follow through to completion as well as user satisfaction post installation.  Work continues on the building's mechanical systems to further reduce but the bulk of savings has been achieved in the early phases. 
  • Large-scale ventilation efficiency retrofit project recently completed with the help of National Grid

    Fran BoucherEnergy Efficiency Program Manager at National Grid, David MacNeil, Senior Mechanical Project Engineer at UMass Medical School

    UMass Medical School has recently completed a large scale ventilation efficiency project with National Grid for retrofit of existing lab facilities.  They are currently considering additional projects for biomedical lab buildings.  They will share their experience with working with utilities, in terms of both technical assistance and financial support. In addition they will provide a quick insight into the benefits they received beyond energy savings and the level of effort that was required to sell these ideas internally and carry out the work.

3:30 pm


3:45 pm

Small group discussions

5 pm

Wrap up and networking reception sponsored by NSTAR and National Grid


Keynote Speakers

Allen Aloise is the Director of Laboratories and Co-Director of Graduate Studies in the Harvard Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology.  As the administrative executive for CCB, he is responsible ensuring that 32 Faculty members have the staff, facilities, financial and grants management support necessary to conduct world class research and teaching.  He has overseen the construction and renovation of tens of thousands of square feet of research space, with a focus on safe, efficient, and sustainable laboratories that enable new discoveries.  As Co-Director of Graduate Studies, Allen administers the academic program for approximately 175 graduate students and serves as a resource and mentor for those students.  He has served as a Lecturer, Science Safety Officer, and Associate Director of Technical Services previously at Harvard.  Allen has a Ph.D. in chemistry from Harvard University and a B.S. in chemistry from Pennsylvania State University.

Wendell Brase chairs the University of California’s Climate Solutions Steering Group and leads an award-winning sustainability program in his role as Vice Chancellor for Administrative and Business Services at the University of California, Irvine. Under his leadership, UC Irvine was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with a 2014 Climate Leadership Award for Organizational Leadership for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and addressing climate change. The campus also received California’s highest environmental award, the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award, in 2008 and again in 2013; has earned numerous accolades for sustainability, including a 2009 EPA Environmental Leadership Achievement Award; and has been on Sierra magazine’s Top 10 list of greenest campuses for the past four years, coming in at No. 3 in 2013. The campus currently has 11 LEED Platinum and eight LEED Gold buildings, among the most at any campus in the U.S. Wendell holds two degrees (S.B., S.M., 1970) from the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before joining UC Irvine, he was Vice Chancellor for Finance, Planning, and Administration at UC Santa Cruz from 1978 to 1991. Prior to that, he served as Associate Director for Administration for the Laboratory for Laser Fusion at the University of Rochester from 1973 to 1978. 

Phil Wirdzek is the founding president and executive director of the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL®). Mr. Wirdzek was responsible for creating the Laboratories for the 21st Century (Labs21®) program, a U.S. public-private partnership promoting sustainable design and engineering of laboratories. Through his leadership, I2SL is expanding that mission both within the US and internationally, creating new tools and services, through I2SL chapters and partnerships. Mr. Wirdzek’s experience covers environmental risk assessment, industrial microbiology, wastewater systems, facility management, energy efficiency and sustainable environmental policy. He served as chair of Carnegie Mellon University’s Center for Advanced Building Systems Integration and Diagnostics for nearly a decade and is presently an adjunct faculty member for the Sea Grant Institute at the University of Hawaii, Manoa HI. Mr. Wirdzek has received numerous awards, is a frequent speaker at many national and international events, and has published in various trade journals.   

Senior Leadership

Katie Lapp, Executive Vice President at Harvard University and Chair of the Boston Green Ribbon Commission Higher Education Working Group. Ms. Lapp oversees all aspects of the University’s financial, administrative, human resources, campus services, planning and project management, development in Allston, health services, information technology and diversity functions. She works closely with Harvard’s senior leadership team to ensure that Harvard’s financial, capital, and operational resources are optimally deployed in support of Harvard’s mission.

Kate Walsh is President and CEO of Boston Medical Center, a health system with annual operating revenues exceeding $2.3b. The system is comprised of the hospital, a health plan—BMC HealthNet Plan, Medicaid Managed Care plan, and Boston HealthNet, an affiliated network of 14 community health centers. BMC is a full service academic medical center and the primary teaching affiliate of the Boston University School of Medicine.  Walsh has previously served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, as chief operating officer for Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, and as senior vice president at Massachusetts General Hospital. With a bachelor’s of arts degree and a master’s degree in public health from Yale University, Walsh is a member of the Boards of Trustees of Emmanuel College, the YMCA of Greater Boston, the Boston Public Health Commission, the Massachusetts Hospital Association, the Council of Teaching Hospitals, and the Dean’s council of the Yale University School of Medicine. Walsh, a native of Brookline, is married and has two children. 

Tilak Subrahmanian, Vice President of Energy Efficiency for Northeast Utilities, oversees one of the largest energy efficiency portfolios in the industry. He leads a team that is focused on scaling energy efficiency to drive aggressive reductions in energy use.  NU’s energy efficiency programs serve more than 3.5 million electric and natural gas customers in three New England states. NU’s Energy Efficiency team also works closely with business partners and communities to help shape strong, environmentally sound energy policy. In support of the scaling efforts, Tilak led discussions with Massachusetts banks and credit unions to roll out financing mechanisms to encourage customer investments in energy efficiency.  That effort has resulted in roughly $150 million of private financing capital being invested in energy efficiency in the state in just the last two years. Previously, Tilak was at Arthur D. Little and at Thomson Reuters. He has an extensive background in Corporate Strategy and New Business ventures, working with executives in different industries to drive top-line growth and performance. He also has successfully launched and operated new business ventures for several companies. Tilak earned an MBA from the University of Michigan, a MS Engineering from the University of Washington, and B.Tech Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.

Additional Speakers

Fred Bockmiller is Manager of the Engineering Group in the Facilities Management Department. He is actively involved in all aspects of Facilities Management from initial planning through final acceptance, to operation, maintenance, and renovation of the entire campus and its extensive utility infrastructure. He graduated magna cum laude from the California Maritime Academy and has completed graduate certificate programs in supervision, management and executive leadership through UC Irvine and the John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is a Professional Engineer, Certified Energy Manager, and a LEED® Accredited Professional. In addition, Mr. Bockmiller holds unlimited operating licenses in steam, diesel, and gas turbine engineering. During the last 25 years, Fred has been a major part of nearly tripling the size of the Irvine campus building area and the creation of its award-winning energy systems.

Fran Boucher, is currently a Program Manager for National Grid's Commercial and Industrial Energy Efficiency Group. His focus covers; sustainable design for new construction, lab and biotech energy efficiency plus data center efficiency. He is a Certified Energy Manager and a LEED Accredited Professional. He has over 25 years’ experience in energy efficiency, facility management and commercial construction. He is currently developing lab efficiency projects for several clients valued at over $4.0 million. He was the Sustainability Coordinator for the design and construction of National Grids 318,000 s.f. LEED Platinum Corporate Office in Waltham completed in 2009.  He is the recipient of the 2007 Association of Energy Engineer's Region One Energy Professional Development Award.  Projects under his direction have recently won a National Grid Chairman’s award plus awards from the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnership, Boston Business Journal, the Mass. Environmental Business Council and the New England Association of Energy Engineers.   He is a frequent speaker and professional trainer for programs for Build Boston, Boston ASHRAE, and New England Association of Industrial Hygienists. 

Marc Gomez is the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Facilities Management and Environmental Health & Safety at UC Irvine. He has more than 30 years of experience working in private industry, health care, and the academic environment. Marc holds certifications in Industrial Hygiene, Safety and Risk Management. He has a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science degree from Tulane University. Marc has served in many leadership positions for the Campus Safety, Health and Environmental Management Association as well as the American Industrial Hygiene Association. Marc enjoys facilitating partnerships and identifying synergies to bring different groups together.

Matt Gudorf has led UC Irvine's energy management group for the last four years. He graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in electrical engineering and is a Certified Energy Manager. Under his leadership, UC Irvine completed a record number of energy-efficiency projects under the UC/CSU/IOU Energy Efficiency Partnership in 2012 and 2013. The University of California (UC), California State University (CSU), and California's four large Investor-Owned Utilities (IOU) – Pacific Gas & Electric, San Diego Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison, and Southern California Gas Co. – established this Partnership in 2004 to provide a sustainable and comprehensive energy management program for the 33 UC and CSU campuses. Matt's work as the Campus Energy Manager has focused on all aspects of energy management including energy procurement, self-generation, renewable generation, energy efficiency, and life cycle energy impact from new construction. His commitment to sharing his team's best practices and lessons learned has helped raise the profile of professional energy management and challenges peer institutions to follow in UC Irvine's footsteps.

Heather Henriksen, Director, Harvard Office for Sustainability. Heather oversees a team of change agents that works across Harvard's 12 Schools and multiple administrative departments to set and achieve Harvard’s university-wide sustainability vision and goals, including the goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 30% by 2016, including growth. She manages working groups and committees that leverage the unique knowledge of students, faculty and staff to develop innovative and replicable models for cost-effective and lasting environmental change. In addition, she coordinates external sustainability partnerships with higher education peers, businesses and government agencies.

David Kang is an Industrial Hygienist in the Environmental Health and Safety Department. He helps to ensure that all energy projects on campus are done safely and in compliance with safety and health regulations. He has 12 years of experience working as an EH&S professional in various settings such as biotechnology, construction, energy efficiency, consulting, and government. He has a Master of Public Health degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Physics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is also LEED® Accredited Professional.

John Kibbee is a graduate of Northeastern University, BS Chemical Engineering and also holds a Certificate in Special Studies from Harvard Extension School.  He has been credentialed as a LEED AP O&M since 2010 and a CEM since 2012.  John presently is a program manager at Nstar, where he oversees projects within the College and University Sector with some of his time going toward the Biotech sector.  In addition to his personal passions, John does much charity work on behalf of brain cancer research at the Dana Farber.

Chris Longchamps, Senior Facilities Engineer at Partners HealthCare, has an Electrical Engineering Degree from the Wentworth Institute of Technology, however he is equally proficient in Mechanical Engineering.  He has worked for Partners Healthcare for 20 years as a Senior Facilities Engineer.  His focus over that time has been to update MEP infrastructure in various hospital and lab buildings dating back to 1811.  Over the years he has managed to save over $40 Million dollars in energy savings.  He is currently developing on an energy conservation model that can be monitored and tracked using the building automation system as a continuous commissioning tool.

Paul Lukitsch is the Regional Facilities Manager and World Wide Energy Manager for Millipore Corp in charge of 14 Facilities and over 1 Mill sq ft of production, research, laboratories, cleanrooms, warehousing, and office space. In this role he manages the World Wide Energy Team, manages a team of 30 Facilities Professionals, and is a member of the Millipore worldwide Corporate Sustainability Steering Team.  Since 2007, the company has implemented savings projects including a 18% reduction in energy usage, installation of an onsite 310KW solar system, changeover to a hybrid vehicle fleet, and product design for sustainability programs.  Millipore was recently recognized by the AEE New England Chapter for best Corporate Energy Management Program, and Paul was recognized as Energy Manager of the Year. Prior to joining Millipore, Paul was with Teradyne Inc., where he managed facilities and production equipment and maintenance at 11 international sites and oversaw high technology equipment transfers to Mexico and Southeast Asia.  Paul has a Plastics Engineering Degree from the University of Lowell, Ma, is a CEM- Certified Energy Manager, and additional Six Sigma Leadership training.  He is also a Total Quality Management program instructor.

David MacNeil is a Senior Project Manager in the Facilities Engineering and Construction Department at the University of Massachusetts Medical School University Campus.  He has over 18 years of experience in the design of mechanical systems for a wide range of building types including; hospitals, laboratories, museums, libraries, academic and commercial buildings. David currently oversees approximately 5,000,000 ft2 of building area which includes two research laboratories 350,000 ft2 and 500,000 ft2 respectively. Mr. MacNeil is a member of the Better Building Alliance Laboratories Project Team and has been a registered professional engineer in Massachusetts since 2000.  He is also a LEED Accredited Professional. 

Greg Muth is a Senior Laboratory Planner and Project Manager for Wilson Architects in Boston, MA. He has over 25 years of experience planning and designing laboratories and other science and technology facilities for university and commercial clients. He has been involved in the construction and renovation of over 15 million square feet of Science and Technology facilities all over the world. Greg has always been at the forefront of sustainable design having managed the design of what is on track to be one of the largest LEED Certified projects in the world, Princess Nora University for Women. He is a LEED AP and the founding president of the New England Chapter of the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories.

Joe Ranahan is the Energy Manager at Northeastern University and has worked at the university since 2001.  Some of his work on campus includes reducing energy and water consumption on campus through conservation and cost-effective retrofit projects, energy procurement and energy data management. Joe is a graduate of the Northeastern University College of Engineering, earning a Bachelors of Science in Computer Engineering and is currently working towards a Master’s degree.  Professional Certifications include Certified Energy Manager (CEM),  Certified Demand-Side Management Professional (CDSM), Certified Energy Auditor (CEA), Existing Buildings Commissioning Professional (EBCP) and Certified Building Energy Simulation Analyst (BESA). 


Events will be happening at Harvard’s Loeb House and Faculty Club. Registration and the morning events will take place at Loeb House. Lunch and afternoon events will take place at the Faculty Club. 

Loeb House at Harvard University
17 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Faculty Club at Harvard University
20 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138


Please register by filling out the form below. At this time, please register only if you received an invitation directly from the organizers. Due to space limitations we are opening up the registration to a small invite-only group first, and will open to other lab professionals on March 1 if the event is not filled. We expect this event to sell out, so please register early.

Please note: There is no cost to register; however, no-shows and late cancelations within 72 hours of the event will be subject to a $75 no-show charge. If you must cancel your registration, please give us at least 72 hours’ notice so that we may give your spot to somebody on the waiting list.


The Symposium is being held in close proximity to public transportation and participants are encouraged to take the MBTA rather than drive. Hubway bike share stations are also conveniently located near the event site.


Harvard’s Loeb House and Faculty Club are conveniently located five minutes’ walk from the Harvard Square T stop.


Harvard’s Loeb House and Faculty Club are conveniently located five minutes’ walk from three Hubway stations: (1) Harvard Square at Mass Ave and Dunster Street, (2) Harvard University Gund Hall at Quincy and Kirkland Streets, (3) Cambridge Main Library at Broadway and Trowbridge Street. Check out the map of all Hubway locations

Motor vehicle

We recommend parking at the Broadway Garage at 7 Felton Street. This is a Harvard garage, and you must purchase a permit online in advance to park here. The daily rate is $15. Please select the department “Visitor to Campus” and enter the department code 7700. This garage is located at five minutes’ walk from the venue. Please find more information about on-campus parking facilities at Harvard’s visitor parking website.

Another option is to park at the Holyoke Center Garage at 16 Dunster Street. This is a public garage. The daily rate is $29. This garage is located at five minutes’ walk from the venue. Please find more information about this facility at their website.

About the Boston Green Ribbon Commission

The Boston Green Ribbon Commission is a multi-sector group of business, institutional and civic leaders in Boston working to develop shared strategies for addressing climate change in coordination with Boston’s city leadership and Boston’s Climate Action Plan. The two key areas of focus for the group are GHG emissions reductions and climate preparedness.

Boston Green Ribbon Commission Higher Education and Health Care Participants 

Boston University, Harvard University, MIT, Northeastern University, UMass Boston

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Medical Center, Cambridge Health Alliance, Boston Children's Hospital, Covenant Health Care, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Heywood Hospital, Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, MetroWest Medical Center's Framingham Union and Leonard Morse Hospitals, Partners HealthCare, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Faulkner Hospital, McLean Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, Newton Wellesley Hospital, North Shore Medical Center, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and Network, Steward Health Care, Carney Hospital, Saint Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Tufts Medical Center, UMass Memorial Medical Center


Please contact Caroleen Verly at with any questions or concerns. 


Presented with generous financial support from the Boston Green Ribbon Commission, NSTAR, and National Grid.