Office of Sustainability
Wendell Brase is the University of California, Irvine’s Associate Chancellor for Sustainability. In this role, he leads efforts by UC Irvine and assists other campuses throughout the UC system to implement UC’s Carbon Neutrality Initiative. Brase is chair of the Energy Services Pilar of the University of California’s Global Climate Leadership Council.
For 25 years, he provided leadership for an award-winning sustainability program in his role as Vice Chancellor for Administrative and Business Services. UC Irvine received California’s highest environmental award, the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award, in 2008 and again in 2013; has earned numerous accolades for sustainability, including a 2009 Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Leadership Achievement Award and their 2014 Climate Leadership Award; has been on Sierra magazine’s Top 10 list of greenest campuses for the past eleven years, coming in at No. 1 in the nation five times (2014, 2015, 2018, 2019, and 2020); earned a STARS Platinum rating in 2018 by the American Association for Sustainability in Higher Education for its sustainability operations, academics, and research. The campus currently has over 20 LEED Platinum certified buildings, the most LEED Platinum for new construction on any U.S. campus.