The UVA Office for Sustainability’s Delta Force program was recently honored for its innovative efforts to drive energy efficiency by the Virginia Energy Efficiency Council (VAEEC). The program received the council’s Virginia Energy Efficiency Leadership Award on May 14 at the VAEEC Spring Forum.

“We are so excited to see state-wide recognition of UVA’s energy efficiency efforts. The Delta Force program demonstrates how we can use sustainability to reduce costs and environmental impact at the same time.”
Sustainability Program Manager for Buildings and Operations Jesse Warren

The awards honored innovative efforts in schools, libraries, university construction and government buildings. Henrico County was also honored for their work to build and renovate 16 government buildings and schools to LEED certification standards since 2011.

“Our goal with these awards is to showcase how energy efficiency can drive local economic growth, create jobs, and reduce utility bills,” said Chelsea Harnish, VAEEC executive director. “It’s encouraging to see these programs make such a positive impact on their communities."

Delta Force is responsible for achieving energy efficiency and savings across the university’s nearly 18 million square feet of building space. Since 2009, UVA has invested $17.4 million in energy projects, for a net savings of $28.7 million in energy costs and 180,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions avoided.

The program’s energy engineers initiate work that is completed by Facilities Management teams, including Zone Maintenance, Energy & Utilities and Automation Services, and contractors.

“Facilities Management teams, as well as our building partners, all contribute to the success of the program and deserve recognition,” said Warren. “Through this kind of collaboration, we can help the University meet its 2030 carbon neutrality goal, while improving the comfort and performance of our buildings.”

The Virginia Energy Efficiency Council is a coalition of more than 100 members including companies, nonprofits, startups, local governments and state agencies. The council’s goal is to ensure that energy efficiency is an integral part of Virginia’s economy and clean energy future.