News from UCSD

— UCSD’s vehicle fleet manager Jim Ruby recently received a “Sustainability All-Star” award from Green Fleet magazine partly for the innovative ways in which he has contributed to reducing the emissions and fuel consumption of vehicles in the campus fleet, according to a press release.

Ruby directs the operation and maintenance of more than 800 campus vehicles, including more than 50 hybrid-electric cars. He has developed and implemented plans for an alternative-fuel fueling station and converted about 40 percent of the campus fleet to zero-emission vehicles. Under his leadership, the university has phased out diesel fuel in place of ultra-low-sulfur B-20 biodiesel, the release noted.

— UCSD’S Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center has obtained U.S. Green Building Council in recognition of the center’s attainment of LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) “Gold” certification standards, the first hospital in San Diego County to achieve such a high rating. The center is the eighth UC San Diego building to achieve LEED certification, and 21 additional projects are expected to receive a minimum of LEED Silver certification.

— San Diego’s Rady School of Management has joine a consortium of business organizations and research institutions that will run a regional entrepreneurial competition to inspire students to launch clean-energy companies.

Pasadena-based Caltech, which will be leading the consortium, was one of six universities recently awarded a $360,000 grant by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as part of the Obama administration’s Startup America campaign.

The consortium, called First Look West (FLoW), will organize contest, scheduled for May 2012 completion, with the winner of each regional contest receiving a $100,000 prize and the opportunity to compete for a national grand prize in the summer of 2012.

At the Rady School, the Rady Venture Fund (, a student-assisted venture capital investment fund, will be providing participants with opportunities to receive additional funding support.