Washington University Sustainable Freezer Program 

Written By: Kevin Theis

St. Louis, Missouri- Recently Washington University’s Sustainability and Purchasing Departments have introduced a high-efficiency freezer program.  This program promotes the use of sustainable, Energy Star listed freezers on campus.  This is especially important when considering ultra-low temperature freezers.  These typically run at -80 degrees C and require quite a bit of energy to maintain those temperatures.  The older -80s use roughly the energy equivalent of an average household of 4.  The new Eco-friendly freezers will also use natural hydrocarbon refrigerants with a significantly lower global warming potential than standard refrigerants. High-efficiency freezers will not only cut energy consumption roughly in half (depending on the brand), but they will also greatly lessen the heat output from the unit. This will help cut the conditioned air usage in the freezer rooms, which is also a significant energy draw.

Considering that Washington University has well over 900 ultra-low freezers, this will promote active energy savings and will significantly reduce the University’s carbon footprint in the near and distant future. 

If you’re interested in learning more about the Energy Star products, please email [email protected] and we’d be happy to put you in touch with your local representative.

President, DAI Scientific

Kevin is the owner, president and a sales rep for DAI Scientific. He brings over 25 years of experience working with customers in academic, clinical, industrial and bio/pharma laboratories. Kevin plays an important role in DAI’s direction and strategy, and he regularly works with architects, engineers and lab planners to ensure that products work with their designs and fit their intended application. He also prides himself on being up to date with industry developments and advancements; he frequently attends seminars to educate himself to better serve his clients.

Kevin enjoys his secondary role as a sales rep for DAI because it keeps him in touch with customer needs and helps inform future requirements of the industry. Under Kevin’s direction, DAI achieved the 16 Million Dollar Club award in 2019 and received Lancer’s “Outstanding Sales Performance” award in 2017, 2015 and 2012.

Kevin’s background includes a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Awards received:
2012, 2015, 2017 from Lancer for “Outstanding Sales Performance”
2025 Elitech for “#1 in Instrument Sales”
PHC (Formally Panasonic and Sanyo) Has given us several awards as we passed certain milestones.
16 Million Dollar Club 2019
11 million Dollar Club 2018
10 million dollar club 2015
5 million dollar club 2011