News Category: energy-efficiency

Dark Tower Symbolizes Energy Efficiency

April 22, 2019

To highlight the university’s commitment to energy conservation, the UT Tower will be dark the night of Monday, April 22 as the world celebrates Earth Day.

Only the clock faces and aircraft warning lights will be illuminated, and all window shades will be closed.

In the News: Two-year-old Master Plan Makes Strides

Oct. 23, 2018

On October 22, Jim Walker, Director of the Office of Sustainability, presented an update showing how UT Austin is doing two years into the Sustainability Master Plan. 

UT's Energy District Named System of the Year

Aug. 7, 2018

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.”

Energy Stars Cut 20% from Campus Energy Use

July 9, 2018

In a mere six years—and despite the addition of millions of square feet of new construction at The University of Texas at Austin—a small team of employees has slashed annual energy consumption in buildings by 20%, saving a cumulative $17,270,928.

In the News: Power Plant Greens Campus through Efficiency

April 19, 2018

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.

In the News: Juan Ontiveros Receives Robert W. Galvin Award

Dec. 1, 2015

On Nov. 19, 2015, Juan Ontiveros, Associate Vice President for Utilities, Energy, and Facilities for the University of Texas at Austin became the first individual to be awarded the Robert W. Galvin Award for PEER (Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal). Since he started at UT Austin, Ontiveros applied systematic methods that allowed UT Austin to become one of the first PEER-certified projects and the only certified college campus.