SMUD rewards Sac State for energy savings
Sacramento State President Alexander Gonzalez receives a check from SMUD Board Chairperson Renée Taylor.
The Sacramento Municipal Utility District presented a $75,572 award to Sacramento State in recognition of the energy efficiency of The WELL, the University’s new recreation and wellness center. The ceremony took place April 26 on the second floor of The WELL with University and SMUD officials attending.
SMUD participates in Savings by Design, a statewide program that rewards projects that exceed the state’s energy standards. The WELL exceeded those standards by 20 percent, thanks to features such as natural lighting and fans that reduce the need for air conditioning.
“The WELL has been a resounding success for Sacramento State and the students who approved, funded and designed such a state-of-the-art facility," said University President Alexander Gonzalez. "It has also allowed our University to demonstrate that a functional, appealing building can be built without sacrificing the energy features that are so important to the health of our community and our planet.”
The award will be used for future sustainability projects on campus.
The WELL houses fitness equipment, an indoor track, nutritional services and the student health center. It opened during the Fall 2010 semester and was funded after students approved an additional fee in a campuswide referendum.
Energy-saving features in The WELL include:
- A building orientation that reduces exposure to direct sunlight, which lowers cooling costs in the summer.
- Extensive use of recycled materials, including flooring made from old beer bottles.
- Large windows and skylights that reduce the need for artificial lighting during the day.
- Gym wall panels made out of sunflower seeds.