CSUSM Wins Sixth Annual SANDEE Award


Media Contact: Margaret Lutz | mlutz@csusm.edu

California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) has won the sixth annual San Diego Excellence in Energy (SANDEE) award in the Outstanding Organizational Achievement (outstanding achievements by: a business, non-profit, government or institutional organization) category. The objective of the SANDEE Awards are to recognize outstanding organizations, projects and activities that have achieved significant energy savings and/or contributions toward the goals of the San Diego Regional Energy Strategy 2030, through the implementation of energy efficiency, energy conservation, or renewable energy measures. 

The university was recognized for conducting a comprehensive energy conservation project that reduced consumption by more than 25 percent from its 2007 baseline, saving nearly $600,000 in annual energy costs. Project achievements include: 

  • Central plant energy-efficiency retrofit and upgrade to expand cooling capacity by 20 percent.
  • HVAC and controls retrofit of largest buildings on campus.
  • Campus-wide lighting retrofit of both interior and exterior lighting.
  • Low-pressure sodium streetlights replaced with fluorescent lights.

The energy conservation project was financed principally through energy savings and utility incentives exceeding $1 million. The estimated annual energy savings include 4,393,700 Kilowatt hours and 1,988 tons of carbon dioxide.

For more information on the award categories, criteria & selection process go to: http://energycenter.org/index.php/outreach-a-education/annual-events/sandee-awards

About California State University San Marcos
California State University San Marcos combines the ambiance of a mid-sized, personal, modern campus with the unequaled value of the California State University. Since its founding in 1989, the campus has distinguished itself. Students benefit from the latest facilities and equipment, a superb faculty that enjoys teaching, and a rigorous academic program that prepares students for a successful life in and out of the workplace. A recent survey reported that our annual spending in the region was $161 million, generating a total impact of $307 million on the regional economy. 85 percent of CSUSM's alumni stay in the region. CSU San Marcos is located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the city of San Marcos. It is 15 miles east of the ocean; just 30 miles north of downtown San Diego.