These are exciting times at the UC Santa Barbara Institute for Energy Efficiency. We’ve been riding a wave of growth and success, but what lies ahead looks even more remarkable. UC Santa Barbara has world-leading strengths to rapidly advance energy efficiency research (LED lighting, Photonics, Building Efficiency, Organic Batteries, and Computing) and to train future scientists and engineers eager to tackle these challenges and identify solutions.
Investing in new talent through providing critically needed new lab space, supporting our current faculty “brain trust,” and pursuing new support for our research and program mission will take us to the next frontiers in energy efficiency. Today’s advances lead to tomorrow’s solutions. Support for the institute is an investment in a healthier environment, a more robust economy, greater national security through more energy independence, and a brighter, more hopeful future.
We broke ground in August 2018 on a new building that will be the future home of the Institute for Energy Efficiency. Projected to open in 2021, Jeff and Judy Henley Hall will have 18 labs, an auditorium and lecture hall, conference rooms, and collaborative working spaces. We invite individuals, foundations and industry partners to join with us to realize this bold effort to move energy efficiency research and education forward, and to provide the resources necessary to achieve goals that will benefit our students, our faculty, our community, and most importantly, our world.
That’s the promise of the Institute for Energy Efficiency, and that’s the power of solutions.