Eleven projects that exemplify the University of California system's commitment to being green have won Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Awards from the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference.

The awards will be presented in June at an annual conference that highlights sustainability achievements and showcases best practices at UC, California State University, California Community Colleges and private colleges from throughout the state.

UC award winners for 2013 are:

  • Overall Sustainable Design: UC Berkeley, Maximino Martinez Commons
  • HVAC Design/Retrofit: UC San Diego, Pacific Hall, Deep Energy Savings in a Fume-Hood Intensive Lab Building
  • Honorable mention: UC San Francisco, Moffit/Long Chilled Water System retrofit
  • Lighting Design/Retrofit: UC Davis, Institutional-level Controls for Exterior Lighting
  • Monitoring-Based Commissioning: UC Santa Cruz, Earth and Marine Sciences Building
  • Student Energy Efficiency Program: UC Berkeley, Fight the Flow
  • Student Sustainability Program: UC San Diego, Thrifting Trunk Show
  • Water Efficiency and Site Water Quality: UC Santa Barbara, Water Action Plan
  • Innovative Waste Reduction: UC Merced, Green Container Initiative
  • Sustainable Foodservice: UC Berkeley, LeanPath
  • Sustainability Innovations: UC Santa Cruz, College Dorm Bi-Level Stairwell Lighting Retrofit and Green Revolving Loan Fund
  • Communicating Sustainability: UC Davis, Cool School Awareness Program

"The awards honor great work by our students, faculty and staff, and are a showcase for projects that can be used as models by other campuses to achieve energy efficiency and sustainability goals," said Deborah Wylie, associate vice president of capital resources management at the UC Office of the President, which oversees sustainability. "Together, these groundbreaking projects are a compendium of best practices."

Communicating Sustainability is the theme of this year's conference, which will be hosted June 23-27 by UC Santa Barbara, where the first meeting of the organization was held in 2002. More than 1,000 people from 90 colleges and universities are expected to attend.

"This year, with the idea of communicating sustainability, we want to reach out to broader communities and start thinking about how to get to the next stage," said Katie Maynard, event manager for the conference and sustainability coordinator in UC Santa Barbara's geography department. "We're leaders now, and we're ready to go out there and share our story."