Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.32
Liaison Michelle Perez
Submission Date May 3, 2013
Executive Letter Download

STARS v1.2

University of California, San Diego
ER-2: Student Sustainability Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 5.00 / 5.00 Michelle Perez
Sustainability Analyst
Facilities Management
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Does the institution hold a campaign that meets the criteria for this credit?:

The name of the campaign(s):
PowerSave Green Campus Fume Hood Campaign

A brief description of the campaign(s):

Constant air volume fume hoods in Pacific Hall, Stein, and Sverdrup Hall on UC San Diego campus were converted to variable air volume fume hoods this year. These systems ensure safety and help save energy by varying the volume of air exhausted depending on the height of the fume hood sash. Occupancy sensors were also installed to lower the volume of air exhausted if no one is present near the fume hood opening. To educate the lab users on energy efficiency and sustainability, the PowerSave Green Campus program visited these labs to inform the occupants about the importance of closing the fume hood sash and to explain the new safety features. The improvements were described and demonstrated, and lab workers were informed how to best save energy while using the lab. In addition, PowerSave Green Campus members trained lab workers how to turn the exhaust up to maximum volume in case of a chemical spill and placed stickers inside the fume hoods to serve as a visual reminder to keep them closed.

A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign(s):

The PowerSave Green Campus Fume Hood Campaign helped to educate researchers, staff, and students about lab efficiency and what the recent retrofits to the lab mean for campus sustainability. Lab workers were informed how leaving fume hoods either partially or fully closed saves the school energy and money, which is applied to everyday lab use. This campaign helped to save UCSD 3,930,000kWh annually, which equals $674,000 annually.

The website URL where information about the sustainability outreach campaign(s) is available:

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.