The U.S. Department of Energy has recognized UCI for surpassing its Better Buildings Challenge goal of improving campus energy efficiency by 20 percent by 2020. UCI is the first educational institution in the nation to meet or exceed this objective, and it did so seven years early – consuming 23 percent less energy in 2013 than in 2008, the base year for its commitment.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized UCI with a 2014 Climate Leadership Award for Organizational Leadership for reducing carbon pollution and addressing climate change. The award also recognizes UCI for its Smart Labs Initiative, which safely reduces energy use in new and retrofitted research laboratories by an average of 60 percent as well as the establishment of on-site renewable energy systems. UCI’s Smart Labs program received California’s highest environmental honor, the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award, in 2013.