ENERGY STAR® Partnership

The University of Chicago is proud to announce that it has received the 2022 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year (ESPOY) Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. Each year, the ENERGY STAR program honors organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through superior energy achievements. ENERGY STAR Award Winners lead their industries in the production, sale, and adoption of energy-efficient products, services, and strategies. These efforts are essential to fighting the climate crisis and protecting public health.

Winners are selected from a network of thousands of ENERGY STAR partners. For a complete list of 2022 winners and more information about ENERGY STAR’s awards program, visit  To learn more about what it means to become an ENERGY STAR Partner, check out this video.

The 2021 Partner of the Year award created positive momentum for the energy program by raising awareness of accomplishments, improving collaboration between departments, and supporting the creation of a University-wide, cross-functional team to update the greenhouse gas emissions reduction plan. UChicago follows the ENERGY STAR Guidelines for Energy Management and relies on Portfolio Manager to track usage, identify improvement opportunities, and validate successes.

Highlights from the last year include:

The University strives to be at the forefront in all areas it pursues, such as academics, research, engagement, and the built environment, including energy management. This commitment is accomplished through a data-driven approach that assesses and reduces building energy consumption. UChicago uses ENERGY STAR tools and guidelines to improve energy program operations and relies on ENERGY STAR communication resources to share energy best practices and University achievements with the campus and local community. Campus energy and greenhouse gas emissions are tracked and transparently reported, and energy efficiency initiatives target opportunities in existing buildings and new construction. Following the ENERGY STAR Guidelines for Energy Management, energy management is embedded at all levels of the organization.

Why partner with ENERGY STAR?

ENERGY STAR® is the internationally recognized standard for the independent monitoring of energy performance.The University’s partnership with ENERGY STAR supports the existing efforts to reduce utility costs and greenhouse gas emissions with the following benefits.