|The facilities, management and planning staff was presented with a plaque Wednesday to recognize their work to help UNMC reduce energy expenditures by 20 percent in two years.|
"When Ken said that, I gasped," Leuenberger said.
The claim still stands
But since Hansen made his claim, UNMC already has reduced its energy consumption by 20 percent and on Wednesday, Leuenberger made it a point to honor UNMC's facilities staff for the work they have done to make the drastic reduction possible.
"What you've done has been absolutely exceptional," Leuenberger said. "I don't think people understand the impact of your efforts."
A sampling of these efforts includes:
- Installation of improved energy systems that were funded by federal stimulus dollars;
- Major overhauls in the UNMC Central Utility Plant that increased energy efficiency and other efforts by facilities personnel to lessen energy use around campus; and
- Implementation of the UNMC LiveGreen initiative, which has fostered and promoted energy-efficient behavior change among employees and students on campus.
And on top of that ...
Such accomplishments become even more impressive, Leuenberger said, when one considers that they were done in tough economic times, which placed stress on staffing, and in the face of major heat waves that strained campus energy systems.
"People don't appreciate your efforts enough, frankly," Leuenberger said. "But you have a lot to be proud of and I can't thank you enough for your efforts.
"What you have accomplished has been truly remarkable."
Congratulations to the Facilities, Management and Planning Team. Two years ago when I heard 25% in five years, I raised an eyebrow. Twenty percent in two years -- what an accomplishment! I wonder where they will take us over the next three years. Truly amazing the work they have accomplished!