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Awards and Recognition

UC San Diego regularly receives recognition for its many sustainable operating practices.

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2009

  • Clinton Global Initiative University certificate of recognition, for commitment to launch all-electric hybrid CNG micro-turbine buses (2/09)
  • SANDEE (3/09)
    • Special Achievement in Transportation Award, for commuting alternatives
    • Outstanding Individual Achievement in Energy, Vice Chancellor Steven Relyea for championing sustainability
  • SANDAG Diamond Awards (3/09)
    • Program Excellence, for campus transportation programs
    • Innovation, for pioneering approaches to transportation, such as GPS bus tracking
  • National Wildlife Federation Chill Out Campus Solutions to Global Warming Video Award, for "UC San Diego: A Living Laboratory for Real-World Solutions" (4/09)
  • San Diego Waste Reduction And Recycling Award: "Director's Recycling Award" (4/09)
  • The Sustainable Endowments Institute's College Sustainability Report Card, B+ ranking (4/09)
  • Best Practice Award: Student Energy Efficiency Project (6/09)
  • National Wildlife Federation Chill Out Campus Solutions to Global Warming Video Award, for "UC San Diego: A Living Laboratory for Real-World Solutions"
  • Greenopia's Greenest University: 9th in Nation (8/09)
  • America's Greenest Campus Competition, 7th Place (10/09)

2008

  • UC/CSU/CCC Sustainability Conference Best HVAC Retrofit award, for chilled water valve upgrades
  • SANDEE Special Achievement in Transportation Award, for commuting alternatives
  • Outstanding Individual Achievement in Energy, Vice Chancellor Steven Relyea for championing sustainability
  • Arbor Day Foundation Tree Campus USA award, selected to host tree-planting events
  • City of San Diego Climate Protection Champion award, for being the first campus on the West Coast to join the Chicago Climate Exchange
  • Model Pollution Prevention certification for Vehicle Services facility
  • Arbor Day Foundation Tree Campus USA University (8/08)

2007

  • UC/CSU/CCC Sustainability Conference Best Practices awards Campus Owned and Operated Transportation, electric vehicle fleet
  • SANDEE Award Outstanding Organizational Achievement Award for alternative transportation, Green Campus Program and support during 2007 wildfires
  • California Climate Action Registry Climate Action Leader designation for verifying the campus’s emissions inventory (2003-2007)
  • Model Pollution Prevention certification for Vehicle Services facility

2006

  • SANDEE Award Special Achievement in Sustainable Transportation, for drafting a sustainable fleet management plan aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions
  • UC/CSU/CCC Sustainability Conference Best Practices awards Best Load Management Program, Sustainable Operations, steam turbine retrofit
  • UC/CSU/CCC Sustainability Conference Best Practices awards Best HVAC Retrofit, Sustainable Operations, Cognitive Sciences building HVAC retrofit
  • UC/CSU/CCC Sustainability Conference Best Practices awards Best HVAC Design, New Construction and Major Renovation, Price Center expansion
  • Flex Your Power Awards Demand Response Honorable Mention, for installing three major demand response systems, yielding up to 25% savings of campus energy load
  • Model Pollution Prevention certification for Vehicle Services facility

2005

  • SANDEE Award Special Achievement in Energy by a Government or Institution, for refurbishing the university’s oldest and largest steam turbine powered chiller with a 3 MW steam turbine electrical generator, resulting in a 10 percent increase in operating efficiency and a 25% reduction in steam required for cooling
  • UC/CSU/CCC Sustainability Conference Best Practices awards Best HVAC Retrofit, Supercomputer Center expansion
  • UC/CSU/CCC Sustainability Conference Best Practices awards Best HVAC Design, laboratory retrofit
  • UC/CSU/CCC Sustainability Conference Best Practices awards Best Load Management, load-shed programming
  • Flex Your Power Awards Education and Leadership Honorable Mention, for saving 3.4 million kWh and nearly 684,000 therms of natural gas through retrofits
  • Model Pollution Prevention certification for Vehicle Services facility

2004

  • SANDEE Award Project of the Year