Held in Washington, D.C., at the White House, the competition is part of President Obama’s Better Buildings Initiative, which is striving for a 20 percent reduction, by 2020, in commercial and industrial energy use. The endeavor also hopes to serve as a tipping point for revolutionary change in energy use across U.S. buildings.
The UCSB group snared a “Most Innovative” award for its strategic proposal to help Montgomery County, Pa., complete a renovation that achieves significant energy savings in a publicly owned, multi-tenant office building. Carnegie Mellon, MIT, University of Chicago, and Yale were also winners in the 14-university contest.
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