Wendell Brase


Wendell Brase chairs the University of California's Climate Solutions Steering Group and leads an award-winning sustainability program in his role as vice chancellor for administrative and business services at the University of California, Irvine.

The Irvine campus received the 2008 Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award for Climate Change; has earned numerous accolades for sustainability, including a 2009 EPA Environmental Achievement Award and more LEED® for New Construction Gold awards than any U.S. campus; and in 2010 ranked sixth on the Sierra Club's list of greenest campuses.

Prior to joining the University of California in 1978, Mr. Brase was associate director of the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, a laser-fusion project at the University of Rochester, and assistant director of the Eastman School of Music. In 2002, the National Association of College and University Business Officers recognized him with its Distinguished Business Officer Award.

In 2009, Mr. Brase contributed a series of articles on the "greening of IT" in the EDUCAUSE Quarterly. In another recent series of articles, he recommends carbon reduction strategies for institutions that have signed the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment.

Mr. Brase holds a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Science from the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.