Name: Nathaniel C. Martin
How long at Sac State : Six years, plus
Department: Facilities Services
Job Title: Energy Conservation Coordinator
Responsibilities: Team lead for developing the campus energy conservation plan; identifying engineering firms for large scale energy conservation projects; locating funding sources for energy conservation projects; investigating and evaluating opportunities and strategies to conserve energy; utility billing, cost recovery and reporting; campus liaison on energy issues.
What makes you most proud of the work you do?
My job gives me the opportunity to manage energy related projects from inception to implementation, to have a vision, and see the outcome and realize the benefits.
What makes you proud to be a member of the Sac State community?
My biggest sense of accomplishment came from Sacramento State. As a graduate of Mechanical Engineering, I was the first in my family to get a college degree. Each year, I get to speak to students in the Minority Engineering Program (MEP) – “A Day in the Life of an Engineer,” and to conduct tours of the University’s Central Plant for the Mechanical Engineering Department’s Thermodynamics’ class. I’m proud to be employed by the University that helped me succeed, and to be able to share my experiences with others.
In a word, how would you describe Sac State ?
Dynamic – the University is growing in so many different directions and changing so fast. We have a new administration, new goals, new buildings, new environmental programs … When I returned to the campus to work after having graduated a decade earlier, so many changes had taken place. The perimeter road was new, and Napa Hall was under construction.
What is your idea of a welcoming campus?
A welcoming campus is one where students feel comfortable and familiar. One of the ways I help every day is to carry maps with me so that I can help students and visitors find their way around the campus. I try to be proactive – you can always tell when someone is lost.
Of all the upcoming plans for Sac State , what is the most important to you?
For me, the most important plans are those related to the University’s energy reduction goals for 2010. These will help us meet the targets for conserving energy set out by Executive Order (EO) 987. The top priorities are: Reduce energy by 15 percent using FY 2003/04 as a baseline; reduce new building energy consumption by 15 percent better than (Title 24 – CA Building Standards); reduce building consumption in retrofitted buildings by 10 percent better than (Title T-24).
What do think will have the most impact in the future?
New facilities, such as the RWEC, will attract more students and create a more comfortable and welcoming environment for them.
ABA’s Destination 2010 planning process has helped me learn a lot about the campus and the ABA division.