SUSTAINABILITY MAKES GOOD SENSE

Mike Lee

Ming-Tung "Mike" Lee
Vice President & Chief
Financial Officer

The ecological challenges we face today have generated widespread support for sustainability programs across the globe.  For the current generation of students, sustainability is a leading issue, and colleges and universities offer the ideal environment for developing innovative solutions to complex problems that will improve the world for its current and future citizens. 

As Sacramento State’s Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, I know that sustainability is not only the right thing to do, it makes good business sense.  Good resource management supports long-term viability and integrity, whether we are referring to the University’s physical plant, its financial assets, or its human resources. Instilling sustainability practices into all levels of our processes will not only result in the consumption of fewer resources, but can result in cost savings and improved services.

Sac State's Sustainablility program is broad, encompassing initiatives focused not only on campus operations but on academics.  Long-standing programs are in place for recycling, energy conservation, water and waste management, purchasing and transportation, and planning for new construction and building renewal.  Environmental health and campus safety, including food production safety, also focus on sustainable practices.  Moreover, Sac State's mission and values support leadership for sustainability through an emphasis on education for an informed and engaged citizenry, partnerships with the community to solve problems and enhance the quality of life in the region, and educational activities and strategies focused on economic development and social organization.  A presidential advisory committee on sustainability ensures that the University's efforts are topical and effective.

ABA’s emphasis on sustainability has resulted in reduced impacts, millions of dollars in savings, and recognition in the community and across the state.  The division is especially pleased to report the award of $8.6 million through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act as part of the Smart Grid project. The University will match the Department of Energy grant of $4.3 million to improve campus energy management through the upgrade of systems in over 45 buildings. The project will include installation of a new HVAC control system, electronic metering, switches to reroute power during outages, and plug-in-hybrid electrical vehicle (PHEV) charging stations.

Other awards of note include:

  • 2010 Breath California Clean Air Award
  • 2010 Business Environmental Resource Center (BERC)
    Sacramento Sustainable Business of the Year Award
  • 2010 California Higher Education Energy Efficiency Partnership Program
    Best Practice Award for Overall Sustainable Design
  • 2010 SMUD Savings by Design Program Award ($74,331)
  • 2010 Sacramento Environmental Commission (SEC) Environmental Recognition Award
  • 2010 California Higher Education Energy Efficiency Partnership Program
    Best Practice Award for Energy Efficiency
  • 2009 Sacramento Business Journal New Public Project Award
  • 2008 BERC Sacramento Sustainable Business Program, Certificate of Achievement
  • 2007 California Higher Education Energy Efficiency Partnership Program
    Best Practice Awards in HVAC

I enthusiastically join Sacramento State President Gonzalez in expressing my support and commitment for the continued success of Sacramento State's sustainability programs.