Innovative Energy Efficiency Yields Big Rewards

With more than 20 LEED Platinum and Gold buildings across campus, comprehensive food waste and recycling programs, and an initiative to massively reduce energy consumption by retrofitting laboratories – it’s easy to see how UCI has become a leader when it comes to sustainability.

Last week, UCI was recognized for its leadership at the UC Risk Summit, an annual conference of environmental health and safety, workers compensation, and risk management representatives from each UC campus and medical center. UCI was honored with three awards: the Spotlight Award on Collaboration for its integrated safety culture, the Spotlight Award on Innovation for the Smart Labs energy efficiency program, and the UC President’s Award for Environmental Health & Safety Excellence – the top accolade that recognizes low workers’ compensation rates and the lowest incident of workplace injuries and illness. It’s the seventh time in 10 years that UCI has won the prestigious President’s Award.

UCI’s success in fostering a culture of safety and sustainability has resulted in big rewards across campus, including more than 50 percent energy savings through the Smart Labs program. Recently, Vice Chancellor for Administrative & Business Services Wendell Brase attended the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2016 Better Buildings Summit where he gave a short talk about the program and UCI’s energy saving efforts.

You can learn even more about the Smart Labs program in a video shown at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Federal Thought Leaders Roundtable earlier this month.

Congratulations to all who have played an instrumental role in making UCI a safe, green campus!