ACUPCC Signatory, University of California Irvine, has earned California’s highest environmental honor, the Governor’s Environmental & Economic Leadership Award for its Smart Labs program. UC Irvine is committed to Governor Brown’s plan to reduce California’s carbon footprint and to the University of California’s commitment to reach carbon neutrality by 2025, as recently announced by UC’s new President, Janet Napolitano. Through UC Irvine’s “deep energy efficiency” program (their term for energy efficiency retrofit projects with associated significant energy savings) they are determined to demonstrate that efficiency can provide a major fraction of needed carbon abatement — feasibly, quickly, and cost-effectively. The Irvine campus is now
approaching a 50 percent overall reduction in energy intensity achieved through a comprehensive program of deep energy efficiency, as a result of their “Smart Labs” program. Only a few years ago, no one believed that efficiency improvements and retrofits would yield a major percentage of needed carbon abatement, because the efficiency gains of new technologies – particularly sensors, digital controls, and software – were underestimated. All of those are key elements in UCI’s comprehensive “Smart Labs” retrofit program.