Utilities & Energy Management Director
211 Peterson Service Building
Office: 859 323-4314
Email: jeff.zumwalt at uky.edu
Jeff Zumwalt is the Director of Utilities and Energy Management reporting directly to the Vice President for Facilities Management. In this role, Jeff provides leadership on planning and implementing the University’s strategic initiatives related to utilities and energy management. This includes energy procurement, production, and distribution throughout the campus. He is also responsible for developing and managing energy conservation programs.
Prior to joining the University of Kentucky, Jeff’s experience in higher education was as the Associate Director of Production and Distribution for Texas A&M University and the Director of the Physical Plant Department for the University of New Mexico. At UNM he managed $80 million in utility renovations funded by energy efficiency improvements. Jeff’s efforts in energy efficiency led to his appointment on UNM’s Sustainability Council. In this capacity he drafted the first greenhouse gas inventory for the campus in 2007 and helped write the Climate Action Plan. He was also the Vice President of Lobo Energy, a subsidiary of UNM that focused on opportunities to reduce energy costs. Prior to joining UNM, Jeff spent 12 years in the electric utility industry working for Reliant Energy and Southern California Edison.
Jeff has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Master of Business Administration from the University of New Mexico. He is active in industry associations as demonstrated by his past membership on the Board of Directors for the International District Energy Association and the New Mexico Industrial Energy Consumers. Jeff has also volunteered as a member of the faculty at the APPA Institute for Facility Management.