Campus Associate Director of Engineering and Sustainability
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309-0453
Moe Tabrizi, an industrial engineer and former senior manager in the high-tech industry, was initially charged when he joined campus in 2002 to develop, evaluate, and implement utility conservation measures to reverse a trend of increased campus energy use in the late 1990's.
CU-Boulder's energy consumption had risen by 5 percent annually during the 1990's and early 2000's, highlighting the need for a coordinated campus approach to save energy and lower utility costs. Hundreds of energy conservation projects, as well as an educational awareness campaign, has resulted in major course correction in recent years, where our energy and water intensity and usage are trending very favorably.
Moe has been instrumental in the introduction and successful implementation of sustainable new buildings on campus. All 8 newly constructed or renovated buildings on campus are LEED® Gold Certified. This achievement signifies that these buildings are over 25% more energy and water efficient than recently constructed, code compliant buildings.
Moe has been able to introduce several renewable energy projects on campus. These solar PV installations have been, for the most part, financed by taking advantage of renewable energy rebates, incentives, and tax credits.
Moe works closely with the CU Environmental Center, Department of Housing, and student leadership. His near-term goal is to achieve a 20% energy and water usage reduction against the baseline usage of 2005, as well as increase paper, petroleum, and waste reduction.
Prior to this position, Moe worked as a senior manager for new product development at the telecommunications firm Avaya in Westminster, as a senior manager for engineering and operations at Lucent Technologies in Westminster, and as an engineering manager for AT&T in Westminster.
At Avaya, Moe was responsible for planning the next generation of telecom products and moving the technology through production and manufacturing. He directed product introduction, manufacturing, and the engineering center.
Moe holds a master's degree in industrial engineering from the University of Oklahoma.