UC Berkeley was honored for its sustainability achievements in the annual Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Best Practice Awards. UC Berkeley won in the Student Energy Efficiency Program for LED Microscope Retrofits and in Overall Sustainable Design for the new Campbell Hall. The LED Microscope Retrofits Project was funded by a TGIF grant awarded in the Spring of 2014, and replaced metal halide lamps in the Molecular Imaging Center with more efficient LED-powered lamps. Due to recent reconstruction, Campbell Hall is now more seismically safe as well as LEED Certified Gold.
The Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Best Practice Awards, organized by the University of California Office of the President, aims to highlight the achievements that California campuses have made through innovative sustainability projects and showcase specific projects as models to be used by other campuses. The overall Sustainability Champion award will be announced at the Best Practice Awards Ceremony at the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference (CHESC) this July.