The Best Practice Awards highlight successful and cost-effective projects on UC and CSU campuses that implement green building technologies, sustainable design strategies, and energy-efficient operations.


The Best Practice case studies showcase each award-winning project, making the strategies and achievements available as an educational tool to assist all campuses in achieving energy-efficiency and sustainability goals.

Best Practice Awards


New Construction

CSU Northridge Sustainability Center

2018 Overall Sustainable Design

SJSU Student Health & Wellness Center

2017 Overall Sustainable Design

UC Merced Classroom & Office Building Two

2018 Overall Sustainable Design

CSU East Bay Student & Faculty Support Building

2016 Overall Sustainable Design

UC Irvine Mesa Court Tower

2017 Overall Sustainable Design

UC Berkeley Jacobs Hall

2016 Overall Sustainable Design

Lighting Design


CSULB Walter Pyramid Lighting

2018 Energy Efficiency Building Level

CSU Fullerton Campus-Wide LED Lighting Retrofit

2016 Lighting Design/Retrofit

UCSB Student Affairs and Administration Building

2017 Lighting Design/ Retrofit

UC Santa Cruz McHenry Library Lighting

2016 Lighting Design/Retrofit

CSU Sacramento Mendocino Hall

2017 Lighting Design/ Retrofit

MBCx, HVAC, & Other Energy Projects


UCI Medical Science Building C Smart Lab Retrofit

2018 Energy Efficiency Building Level

CSU Dominguez Hills Smart Valves Retrofit 

2017 HVAC Design/Retrofit/ MBCx

UC Davis Small Building SWARM Project

2018 Energy Efficiency Campus Level

UCSF Animal Research Building MBCx

2016 HVAC Design & Retrofit

UCSD Atkinson Hall MBCx

2017 HVAC Design/ Retrofit/ MBCx

Cal Poly SLO Variable Chilled Water Pumping & Central Plant Optimization

2016 HVAC Design & Retrofit

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