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Business Officer Magazine

Posters Portray Savings

"Where will your energy come from in 20 years?" asked one of the 30 posters highlighted at the first Sustainability Advisory Panel (SAP) Open House on Saturday, July 19, prior to the NACUBO 2014 Annual Meeting opening event. More than 100 people attended, enjoying snacks and receiving free books on ways to finance renewables.

Poster topics included using geothermal energy, developing resources for saving water, engaging in renewable energy options, improving the campus carbon footprint, and engaging students and faculty in saving energy. Following the open house, the posters were moved to two locations in the convention center for all attendees to peruse.

Members who developed the posters experienced numerous benefits. "It was definitely a good exercise to gather and place this information into a cohesive whole," said Aimee Niendorf, manager, Renewable Energy Institute, University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh. It will be a communications tool, noted William Maki, vice president for finance and administration, Bemidji State University, Bemidji, Minn.: "By discussing our benefits, we were able to remind ourselves of how much we have integrated sustainability across our university. We are posting this document to inform other community members and market our efforts."

Posters were as diverse as the more than 30 campuses they represented. They can be viewed on the NACUBO website at To request an individual poster, contact Sally Grans Korsh, NACUBO director of facilities management and environmental policy, at

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