Fred Hahn is the Associate Director for Engineering and Transportation Services within University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus Facilities and Services (F&S). Prior to joining the U of I staff, he worked in private practice as a consulting engineer for 30 years.
In his F&S department, Hahn is responsible for creating and maintaining the campus facility standards in the area of transportation. He reviews and inspects all construction projects, and ensures that all projects meet the intent of the Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP).
Hahn has been an advocate for sustainability throughout his career. He has a strong engineering and sustainability background and has been involved at the state level on energy conservation. In 1972, he constructed one of the first solar homes in the state.
“It is most important that we think of sustainability in global terms, avoiding regional sustainability at the expense of global un-sustainability,” Hahn says.
Hahn is excited to work with iSEE on campus sustainability. He enjoys the atmosphere of enthusiasm in team meetings His personal goal on the team is to incorporate as much of the 2015 revisions to the iCAP as possible into the F&S standards.
He predicts that bridging the gap between imaginative solutions and practical implementation will challenge the Energy Conservation and Building Standards SWATeam, but he sees strength in the student members of the team. They are the creativity and the energy — and the administrative and professional staff are the guides for their energy, he says.