ORLANDO — OUC Commissioner Dan Kirby has been elevated to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) prestigious College of Fellows. Kirby is an architect with the buildings practice of Jacobs, a global professional and technical services firm. Fellowship is an honor bestowed on architects who have made a significant contribution, not just to their craft on a national level, but also to society and the greater good. Of the more than 88,000 AIA members, only about 3 percent are recognized as members of College of Fellows.
"I am deeply honored by this fellowship,” Kirby said. “This is a recognition I share with many people I’ve worked with in professional and volunteer capacities. This includes talented people at firms and at OUC. At OUC our work has promoted the benefits of sustainability and encouraging changes that positively impact the lives of our customers.
Kirby joined the OUC board in 2008 and is the Immediate Past President. He has worked to provide services that empower OUC customers to make better choices about their energy and water use to increase conservation. During his tenure, OUC has also expanded its use of renewable energy including plans to double its solar capacity. Kirby has also worked to make solar energy more accessible and affordable. OUC opened Central Florida’s first customer subscription-only community solar farm in 2013. Orlando has also emerged as one of the most electric vehicle (EV) ready cities in the nation with more than 140 public EV charging stations.
AIA will honor Kirby at its national convention in Philadelphia in May.
About OUC—The Reliable One
Established in 1923 by a special act of the Florida Legislature, OUC—The Reliable One is the second largest municipal utility in Florida and 14th largest municipal in the country. OUC provides electric, water, chilled water and/or lighting services to 240,000 customers in Orlando, St. Cloud and parts of unincorporated Orange and Osceola counties. According to data provided by the Florida Public Service Commission, OUC has been more reliable than the state’s investor-owned utilities for 17 years running. OUC is focused not just on reliability and affordability, but weaves sustainability into everything it does. This includes opening the area’s first community solar farm, installing nearly 150 electric vehicle charging stations, implementing a comprehensive corporate recycling program and encouraging its customers to use energy and water as wisely as possible.