The 2010’s was a big decade for advancing sustainability at UCI. In 2011, UCI achieved its first Platinum rating in LEED for Humanities Gateway. Leading us to achieve the most Platinum designations for an institution throughout this decade. In 2013, UCI met a 20% reduction in energy use challenged by President Barack Obama in 2008 about 7 years early.
This helped lead to President Obama providing the 2014 Commencement Remarks and leaving us all with inspirational words,
“Hope is the belief, against all evidence to the contrary, that there are better days ahead, and that together we can build up a middle class, and reshape our immigration system, and shield our children from gun violence, and shelter future generations from the ravages of climate change” (source).