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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Friday, March 15, 2013

UC Santa Barbara Students Win National Sustainability Contest at White House

An interdisciplinary team of UC Santa Barbara undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students has taken a top prize at the 2013 Better Building Case Competition, an annual U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) contest meant to engage college students in the hunt for creative energy efficiency solutions.


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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