WSU Building Earns EPA Honor

OGDEN, Utah – A Weber State University building has earned a top honor in a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency competition focused on energy savings.

WSU’s Receiving and Distribution Services Building topped the warehouse category of the EPA’s 2011 Energy Star National Building Competition, dubbed “Battle of the Buildings.” In its second year, the “Biggest Loser”-style competition featured organizations representing 245 buildings across the U.S. vying for honors for saving energy, reducing costs, and protecting Americans’ health and their environments.

The WSU building reduced its energy use by 6.3 percent and prevented 16.21 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions during the competition’s time period of Sept. 1, 2010, through Aug. 31, 2011.

WSU’s Energy & Sustainability Office entered three other buildings into the competition: the Facilities Management Building, the Weber State University Davis building and the Dee Events Center.

“EPA’s Energy Star National Building Competition helped us save energy, cut our utility bills and protect the climate,” said Jacob Cain, WSU’s energy and sustainability manager. “We are excited by the enthusiasm and commitment of our team here at Weber State University and look forward to seeing more savings in the future from our efforts.”


The competition featured 26 commercial building types across 33 states and the District of Columbia. During the competition, energy savings at those sites totaled more than $5.2 million on utility bills. Competitors also prevented nearly 30,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, an amount equal to the emissions from the electricity used by more than 3,600 homes per year.

Commercial buildings use nearly 20 percent of U.S. energy and likewise account for nearly 20 percent of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, according to the EPA.

A list of winners and complete results for all competitors are available at

WSU has made significant efforts regarding energy savings, including recent installations of solar panels at several buildings and the establishment of a $9 million revolving fund to finance energy-efficiency upgrades. More information about WSU’s Energy & Sustainability Office is available at

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