About Us

The Energy Management Office exists to reduce energy costs and promote maximum energy-efficiency at the University of Utah. To that end we implement and manage a variety of projects to improve conservation and support sustainability – from lighting retrofits to HVAC upgrades. We are also a resource to University departments and auxiliaries wishing to implement similar initiatives in their own spaces, and can help with design assistance as well as with utility incentives and rebate programs.


OUR TEAM

CHRISTOPHER F. BENSON
FACILITIES SUSTAINABILITY & ENERGY DEPT. MANAGER

With a uniquely-broad blend of experience in engineering and business management, Chris has played an important role in energy and sustainability projects across 58 million square feet of buildings and saving millions of dollars in annual energy costs. His HVAC control designs and techniques have been implemented in several of the world's largest buildings and thousands of mechanical systems.

Since the beginning of 2017, Chris has been managing the University of Utah’s Facilities Sustainability & Energy Program. Chris has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Utah. He is a licensed engineer (PE), certified energy manager (CEM), and LEED accredited professional (LEED AP).

He is particularly driven by the powerful win-win of energy efficiency as it drives down operational costs while improving local air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

MATT ABBOTT
SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAM ADMINISTRATOR

Matt’s role in Sustainability and Energy Management includes managing and publishing sustainability metrics along with project/program funding, structuring, and partnering.

Matt Abbott has been working in sustainability for over a decade working in the intermountain west since 2012. He has deep experience in program building, messaging, waste programs, and broader sustainability strategies. Matt has worked with a variety of organizations on the topics of waste, energy, water conservation, air quality, and climate mitigation and adaptation goals.

Matt holds an MBA in Sustainable Business from Pinchot University and a BA in Biology from Colorado College.

BILL LEACH
SUSTAINABILITY PROJECT COORDINATOR

Bill coordinates utility incentives for construction projects, calculates campus utility rates, serves as a subject matter expert for lighting and lighting controls and has ownership of campus metering hierarchies and exterior lighting database.

He has worked in Sustainability and Energy at the University of Utah since 2012, focusing primarily on lighting and lighting controls.

Bill holds an Associate Degree in Energy Management from Salt Lake Community College. He also has a BS Degree in Film and Television Production from Montana State University with 35 years of experience as an editor and production manager.

PHIL BANZA
INTEGRATION ENGINEER

Phil is responsible for making sure that all University buildings are metered correctly and all communication and acquisition devices are properly connected. He ensures meter data is being collected and accuracy has been verified.

Following an education in Industrial Electricity, Phil graduated from the University of Utah with a B.S in Electrical Engineering, including a focus in Power. After working for the power company, as a Meter Engineer, Phil joined the University of Utah Facilities Management in 2015. He is fluent in French, Lingala and Tshiluba.

He has been interested in studying electricity since, a young boy, growing up in Kinshasa. Phil’s greatest passion is football (the real football… soccer). Although he doesn’t play as much as he used to, he spends most of his weekends taking his three boys their games.

GERI TROWER
SUSTAINABILITY ANALYST

Geri delivers reports on University of Utah sustainability and energy performance to building managers and their teams across campus, publicizes S&E successes and lessons learned, and is the steward of performance data.

Geri holds an Associate’s degree in Energy Management from Salt Lake Community College. She first joined the University in 2015.

She is proud to be a contributing member of the Sustainability and Energy team that is doing such important work on campus, and is particularly motivated by the need to make a difference on the environment.

STEVEN KLEKAS
Sustainability & Energy Engineer

With a diverse background in engineering, Steven provides leadership and technical expertise to the team and supports the University’s energy and sustainability goals.  He is leading commissioning, development, and savings/efficiency projects across campus, optimizing the internal processes of the team to maximize impact, and expanding the team’s subject-matter technical support to other departments.

Steven holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Utah and has over a decade of experience in the industry as a Sr. Project Engineer and Process Engineer II.  He provides experience in process design, optimization, project management, quality, efficiency, regulation, and safety.  Steven has realized significant savings, efficiency gains, market expansion, and quality improvements throughout his career.

Steven is proud to be supporting the University of Utah in a team which is making a huge impact on campus and the local environment, and is driven by a desire to achieve large tasks, make a positive impact, and continually improve.

PETE TREANOR
Field Technician

Pete is responsible for the collection of the field meter reads, data entry and verifying of assets. Validates data accuracy, commissioning & energy auditing, lighting auditing for existing building/systems.

Currently enrolled at SLCC in energy management /accounting and lighting

Proud to be a part of the sustainability & energy team

DAVID A. COE
DATA ANALYST

David has over 5 years experience working for the U as the energy analyst, and comes from an lab tech, I.T., and computer science background. Within Sustainability & Energy, he will be developing tools to monitor the metering system and the correlation of the data from the system.


OUR OFFICES

Website: facilities.utah.edu
Tel: (801) 581-7221
Address:
V Randall Turpin Bldg
1795 E South Campus Dr
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

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