Thursday, Sept. 9, 2004
Hanan Eisenman, University of California (510) 587-6194
Jennifer May, Rebuild America (202) 466-7868


Local, state and federal officials will gather on Friday, Sept. 10, at the UC Office of the President in Oakland to recognize recent energy and environment initiatives taken by the University of California. The university system is one of the first in the country to institute a policy of energy-smart and environmentally-responsible building practices.

Representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will award UC Senior Vice President-- Business and Finance Joseph P. Mullinix with an Energy Star® building label for the UC Office of the President in downtown Oakland. The Energy Star label is a dual-agency award recognizing the most energy-efficient buildings in the nation.

During the awards ceremony, Mullinix will announce details of the UC Presidential Policy on Green Building Design and Clean Energy Standards. The policy mandates that all new-building construction on UC campuses meet the minimum requirements of the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System, exceed California's Title 24 energy efficiency standards, and freeze fossil fuel consumption in campus buildings. This policy will help reduce UC's energy consumption and environmental impact as the university expands.

For more information about UC's "green buildings" policy: www.ucop.edu/news/factsheets/greenbuildings.pdf

In addition, the University of California will sign an energy efficiency partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy and the California Student Sustainability Coalition. The partnership is through the department's Rebuild America program, which helps implement energy efficiency initiatives by offering federal resources such as technical assistance from the national laboratories, funding information and access to training and workshops. The partnership agreement also solidifies UC's collaboration with the California Student Sustainability Coalition on implementing energy efficiency policies at the university.

UC will join nearly 700 Rebuild America community partnerships nationwide. By reducing electricity consumption, Rebuild America communities are decreasing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from fossil fuel power plants by more than 244,484 tons each year ­equivalent to removing 200,000 passenger cars from American roads.

Event details:

WHAT: Energy Star plaque dedication, Rebuild America partnership signing and rollout of UC Presidential Policy on Green Building Design and Clean Energy Standards.

WHEN: Friday, Sept. 10, 9:30 a.m. -- 10 a.m.

WHERE: UC Office of the President, 1111 Franklin St. (at 12th Street, near the 12th St./City Center BART station), Oakland, CA 94607

WHO: Joseph P. Mullinix, UC senior vice president--business and finance; Jeff James, U.S. Department of Energy; Amy Zimpfer, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

About Rebuild America

A U.S. Department of Energy program, Rebuild America seeks to reduce the costs and consumption of energy in buildings through the use of proven energy-efficiency and renewable-energy technologies and practices. The program offers local communities access to tools, resources and technical assistance. For more information, go to: www.rebuild.gov

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