Advancing campus sustainability and reducing energy consumption at the University of Georgia is a major part of the university’s strategic plan, and those efforts have not gone unnoticed.

On Friday, Sept. 15, the Facilities Management Division at UGA was awarded by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) for their efforts in reducing campus wide energy consumption by over 20% since 2007.

UGA’s 2020 Strategic Plan calls for a 25 percent reduction in energy use by 2020. At the end of the current fiscal year, UGA will have reduced its energy consumption by almost 22 percent, according to David Spradley, the director of energy services for FMD.

Various energy initiatives are responsible for this energy reduction, including installing LED lighting upgrades, investing in high-performance district energy plants, and reducing temperature settings during holiday breaks.

Energy use in UGA facilities is responsible for a majority of campus greenhouse gas emissions. The total gross emissions from UGA activities throughout the state of Georgia during fiscal year 2014 was 319,000 metric tons; energy consumption makes up approximately 84 percent of those carbon dioxide emissions.

AEE distributes 80 awards every year to individuals and organizations around the world for their commitment to energy efficiency and the renewable energy industry. The award will be presented at the World Energy Engineering Congress in Atlanta, Georgia.

UGA was one of two universities in the country to be awarded the Institutional Energy Management award.

Written by: Rebecca Wright