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Local school named Best Overall by Flex Your Power

UC Irvine is among five organizations recognized by California's statewide program.

By Kristen SchottPublished: December 16, 2008 09:06 AM

UC Irvine is one of five institutions that garnered the Best Overall honor in the sixth annual Flex Your Power Awards. Flex Your Power is California's energy efficiency campaign, and the awards acknowledge energy and water-use programs in five different categories: energy efficiency, media and education, innovative products or services, peak demand response and water conservation and efficiency.

UCI's progressive energy and water efficiency programs were highlighted because they reduced campus electrical demand by nearly 15,000 kilowatts and save almost 4 million gallons of water a year.

"UCI's energy management and sustainability practices are recognized not only statewide, but we are now regarded among the most progressive and efficient institutions nationwide," says Wendell Brase, the university's vice chancellor of administrative and business services. "We are proud to play a part in this campus's significant legacy of leadership addressing the earth's climate system problems."

The winners are chosen by senior representatives from statewide agencies such as the California Public Utilities Commission and the League of California Cities.

The four other honorees are the Mothers' Club Family Learning Center in Pasadena; Santa Clara Valley Water District; Sustainable Spaces in San Francisco; and California Academy of Sciences, also in San Francisco. In total, the institutions saved more than $227 million, 1.5 billion kilowatt-hours, 122 billion gallons of water and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 1.3 billion pounds.

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