Awards and Honors
Campus honored for sustainability
By Louise Donahue
Tom Vani, vice chancellor for Business and Administrative Services,
accepted a campuswide award on behalf of Chancellor Denice D.
Denton and one for himself at the Fourth
Annual Sustainability Conference.
Tom Vani accepting his award from the UCSC Student Environmental Center and
the Chancellor's Sustainability Action Council.
Photo: Leland Dunn
Hosted by the Chancellor's Sustainability Action Council at
UCSC, the June 19-22 conference was designed to provide campus
planners and other staff with the tools and knowledge for incorporating
"green" practices. Students were also active in conference
sessions and planning. Participants came from UC, CSU, and private
and community colleges throughout the state. Also taking part
were almost 100 participants and presenters, and another 40
exhibitors, from government and industry.
Cassandra Davis, cochairperson of the UCSC Student Environmental
Center, presented a certificate for 10,000 kilowatt hours of
American Wind Renewable Energy for the campus. The energy, to
be transferred to the university's power grid, was issued to
UCSC by Energy Action, a coalition of North American organizations.
UCSC's Student Environmental Center won the third-place award
by collecting more than 1,000 signatures for Energy Action's
"Declaration of Independence from Dirty Energy."
When a typical power generator creates power, it creates and
sells kilowatt hours. When a Renewable e-Certified power generator
creates power, it creates kilowatt hours and "Green Tags"
(Green e-Certified Tradable Renewable Certificates).
These are bought and sold as a fluid way for distant businesses,
residences, and industries to support renewable power generators
such as wind farms, photovoltaics, and biomass generators. The
certificate for UCSC ensured the purchase of renewable power
and its use in the electrical grid. Each certificate represents
all of the environmental attributes or benefits of a specific
quantity of renewable generation. (In addition, the conference
purchased "Green Tags" to cover UCSC's entire energy
use for the four days of the conference.)
Vani's award, from the UCSC Student Environmental Center and
the Chancellor's Sustainability Action Council, cited his "outstanding
contributions as a leader in campus sustainability."
Conference organizer Diane Behling noted that many of the sustainability
efforts on campus--from water-saving plumbing to buses using
biodiesel--fall under Vani's area of Business and Administrative
"When you look at all the current sustainable practices
at UCSC, they really make a difference--and it's saving the
campus a lot of money," said Behling, a senior facilities
analyst in Capital Planning and Space Management.
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