The Rockefeller University’s multi-year initiative to reduce energy usage and carbon emissions was recognized last week with an award from the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE).


The local award recognizes the consistent achievements of an entire team and is presented to a public sector institution for outstanding accomplishments in developing, organizing, managing, and implementing its comprehensive energy management program.

The Rockefeller University’s leadership, including college president Marc Tessier-Lavigne and Vice Chairman William Ford, CEO of General Atlantic, were honored to accept an award from the prestigious Association of Energy Engineers.

“Rockefeller’s dedication to excellence extends beyond its science, to the operation of its physical plant,” says Alex Kogan, associate vice president for plant operations. “We pride ourselves on adopting the industry’s best practices to reduce our energy usage and get the most value from every watt of energy we use. We are pleased to see our efforts recognized by the Association of Energy Engineers.”

Here are some of the accomplishments that earned The Rockefeller University its award and recognition:

  • Upgrading the University’s boilers and chillers, as well as installing variable speed pumps that allow the school’s HVAC systems to burn cleaner fuel and operate at a more efficient level.
  • Replacing the window air-conditioners in some buildings with more efficient units.
  • Launching a “shut the sash” campaign designed to educate laboratory personnel about the energy consumed when fume hoods are not properly closed after usage.
  • The development of several in-house engineering solutions.
  • Installing motion sensors to control light fixtures, as well as upgrading bulbs to LEDs.
  • Ongoing tracking of energy demand and consumption metric on a regular (monthly) basis.
  • A commitment to build all future buildings to LEED Silver standards.

You can learn more about the honor by reading this recent press release from The Rockefeller University.

About the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE)

The Association of Energy Engineers is a nonprofit professional organization with over 16,000 members across 90 countries. Founded in 1977, the Association of Energy Engineers’ mission is “to promote the scientific and educational interests of those engaged in the energy industry and to foster action for sustainable development.”

Learn more about the Association of Energy Engineers by clicking here.