December 05, 2006

University's director of facilities services wins sustainability award


Eugene Matthews, Case Western Reserve University's director of facilities services, recently won a 2006 Champion of Sustainability award from Entrepreneurs for Sustainability, a diverse network of over 2,700 leaders who are putting the principles of sustainability into action.

Matthews won in the category of "Next Generation Energy," which recognizes work being done which furthers northeast Ohio's applications of advanced energy and innovative applications of existing technology to promote energy efficiency and conservation.

"Gene and his team in the facilities services division have been conducting energy conservation and efficiency projects across our campus, touching every building. Gene's leadership style exemplifies the triple bottom line of sustainability, approaching campus sustainability and energy efficiency with enthusiasm and inclusion, all done so in a financially responsible and prudent way," read in part the nomination letter from university administrators.

Matthews, who also serves as an Energy Advisory Committee co-chair at the university, said winning the award was a collective effort. "Though I am the recipient of this award, it really represents the collective efforts of the faculty, students and staff of Case Western Reserve University. It's important that institutions such as ours assume a leadership role in addressing the issues of resource conservation and a sustainable future. I look forward to continuing this important work with the rest of the campus community."

Matthews joined the university almost 10 years ago to head the facilities services division, and his team has worked on projects such as the university's energy consumption patterns, the lighting retrofit project at Kelvin Smith Library, and has been involved in the construction of new buildings on campus.

"Gene's award is a long overdue recognition of his years of work at Case," said Linda Robson, the Finance and Administration Fellow for Energy Studies at the university. She added that Matthews and team "have been implementing high performance building practices, building by building, rooftop by rooftop, light bulb by light bulb--all the while reducing Case's environmental impact, saving the university money, and educating the campus."

For more information on the Champions of Sustainability awards and winners from other categories, go to

For more information contact Kimyette Finley, 216.368.0521.

Posted by: Heidi Cool, December 5, 2006 05:23 PM | News Topics: Environment, Staff

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