When it comes to developing energy solutions for the university, planning ahead is the proven modus operandi. “We always look at the big picture, what’s down the road,” said Juan Ontiveros, associate vice president of Utilities, Energy and Facilities Management.
A research team in The University of Texas at Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering has an ambitious research agenda: shave even more waste from a building’s electricity budget by teaching lights to think. The results of their design and experiment, LightLearn, were recently published inBuilding and Environment.
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UT Austin’s six Facilities Maintenance zones work hard to make the university’s buildings operate efficiently, economically and comfortably. The quarterly HERO–High Energy Response Operators—recognition program recognizes zone employees for their conservation efforts. HERO is one of several Utilities and Energy Management (UEM) strategies to incentivize energy conservation and reduce UT Austin’s total energy consumption.
In June, The University of Texas at Austin brought home 2018 System of the Year honors from the International District Energy Association (IDEA) 109th Annual Conference and Trade Show in Vancouver, British Columbia. Announcing the award, IDEA stated that, “The University of Texas at Austin has earned the distinction among its peers as the most efficient university utility in the U.S.”
UT Austin has become a greener campus through energy conservation. The campus power plant, led by Juan Ontiveros, is one of the most efficient of its kind in the world, and energy stewards work to optimize and retrofit buildings every year.
UT students might be conscious of their own energy consumption, but one group aims to give students a first-person perspective on how much energy UT buildings use. On Friday, Longhorn Lights Out hosted their monthly “Join the Dark Side” event in which groups of students turn off lights and other unnecessary electronics in buildings across campus.
Longhorn Lights Out is a Green Fee-funded student organization that works to save energy on campus since 2013. They also work to increase awareness about energy usage, and the Tower will darken on April 18th as part of their campaign.