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Obama Administration Recognizes UC Irvine and Delaware State University for Their Energy Efficiency Efforts

May 15, 2014

The Department of Energy recently recognized the University of California Irvine and Delaware State University for their commitment to the Obama administration’s Better Buildings Challenge, a call to make commercial and industrial buildings 20 percent more energy efficient over the next decade.

UC Irvine surpassed the Better Buildings Challenge seven years early, becoming the first educational institution to meet or exceed the goal. UC Irvine consumed 23 percent less energy in 2013 than it did in 2008.

Delaware State University was saluted for its creative use of financing to garner guaranteed energy savings.

The universities were honored at the White House on May 7.

“In achieving this goal, we hope to demonstrate what’s possible and inspire others to step up to the challenge of reaching for a higher goal,” said Wendell Brase, UC Irvine’s vice chancellor of administrative and business services. “To further show our support for this initiative, we have pledged another 20 percent efficiency improvement by the program’s target date of 2020,” added Brase who also serves on NACUBO’s Sustainability Advisory Panel.

At Delaware State University, Vice President and Treasurer Amir Mohammadi worked with state regulators to develop “On-Balance Sheet, Off-Debt Capacity Performance Contracting” to fund a guaranteed energy savings agreement. Mohammadi, who presented this concept at the NACUBO 2013 Annual Meeting, is also a member of the NACUBO Sustainability Advisory Panel.

Additional campus partners participating in the Better Buildings Challenge include: Allegheny College (Richard J. Cook Center for Environmental Science), Kentucky Community and Technical College System (Bluegrass Community & Technical College Classroom Building), Michigan State University (Anthony Hall – Advancing Energy Efficiency), University of Utah (Dumke Health Professions Education Building HVAC System Upgrades) and University of Virginia (Campbell Hall). 


Sally Grans Korsh
Director, Facilities Management and Environmental Policy