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Facilities and Environmental Compliance

Complimentary Chapter on Facilities Management - College and University Business Administration now Available

Facilities Management

New Tips for Energy Efficiency -

Cricial Path Steps for a program that will deliver lower costs of energy !   Check out this new link 3/15/17 

Check out Campus Successes from Annual Meeting Posters

Review other posters from previous Annual Meeting's  here. 

Key Facilities Metrics Survey open until Dec 18 for the 2016-17.

Go to website is open until December 18, 2017.

Fill out even just two of the consumption items and be entered for "coffee cards" or amazing books from APPA!

Great opportunity to collect critical metrics to improve your campus consumption.  
Survey is open to all in Higher Education (and you do not need to be an APPA or NACUBO member).

Check out our brochure on the survey - cites benefits to your campus by documenting this data.

"This survey took about 15 minutes and was an easy report. We keep good utility records and just had a waste audit report done." David Rubin, Business Manager of Facilities Management, Northeastern Illinois University

IF your campus is NOT keeping utility records - this is a great opportunity to set up a simple system and capture your consumption. A quick review can easily find mistakes that some utility providers make! Survey results reflect these five key (and simple) elements that readily come from vendor or utility bills.

Campus leadership can recite pertinent campus facts such as cost of tuition, types of academic programs, number of students, etc. Leadership should also know basic facilities data to improve strategic planning such as BTU, electrical, and water consumption, as well as waste output, and carbon footprint.p

Contact or 202-861-2571 if you need a hard copy of the survey, want to know if someone at your campus is filling it out, want a past copy of your campus data, or have ANY other questions.

2016/17 Key Facilities Metrics survey is supported by First American Education Finance * A City National Bank Company.

Better Buildings Higher Education Alliance - sponsored by US Dept of Energy 

Take advantage of free on-demand webinars, case studies and what other higher education campuses are doing to improve their bottom line - as well as improving energy. 

Webinar on "Containing Cost and Risk  - Power Purchase Agreements"  

Find out more about this unique cost saving measure to assure long term utility costs as well as advance improvment of  campus carbon footprint.

Check out other Finance Options on Sustainability Finance page
Revolving Loan Funds article from Business Officer magazine

Business Officer article about the increase in campus dedicated revolving loans to improve energy efficiency and deferred conditions.
  • Denison UniversityGranville, OH  2015 Annual Meeting poster explaining Green Revolving Fund - definition, initiatives, specifics example of financial investment and return on  building improvements.

Utilization of Classrooms in U.S. Colleges and Universities 

Education Facilities Clearinghouse, January  2016
Check out excellent resources from other campuses that have improved space use.  Unused and under-utilizied classroom space is a financial drain on the campus - investigate and strategize to improve.   Creating improved use of classroom spaces  also improves energy efficiency, security and overall vibrancy of a campus.  

Open to all -  NACUBO In Brief Podcasts - Explore Issues Shaping the Business of Higher Education 

Check out great sessions by  Energy Impact at University of Washington by Roel Hammerschlag, Sustainabilty by Fred Rogers, Facilities Improvement with Management by Wendell Brase, Transforming Administration by Ruth A. Johnston - great free podcasts to enlighten facilities and finance management.

NACUBO member benefit - Excellent, brief, on-demand programs - gather staff to review!  

No Cost Finance and Facilities Leadership Series for members:

- Turning Deferred Maintenance Challenges into Savings (Jan 2016)

- Bending the Deferred Maintenance Curve - Value of Whole Building Energy Retrofits (Dec 2015) 

- Facilities Primer (March 2015) 

- Food Recovery Network  

Read more in the Business Officer magazine online September issue article, Five Telling

If questions - contact or 202-861-2571

Campus Environmental Resources Center

Campus ERC | The Environmental Resource Center for Education

Campus ERC provides individuals and educational institutions with the knowledge and tools to maintain environmental regulatory compliance, improve management, and operate sustainably.

Featured product College and University Business Administration - Facilities Management now available

In order to access the complimentary chapter, fill in the required information on the individual pages.

Facilities Management Cover Whether a college or university is large or small, urban or rural, its facilities consume significant financial, human, and other resources. Consequently, managing an institution's physical assets encompasses a broad array of responsibilities, ranging from planning to construction administration to ongoing maintenance and sustainability. Learn more in the complimentary Facilities Management chapter of College and University Business Administration.

Learn more in the complimentary Facilities Management chapter of College and University Business Administration.

Several valuable webinars on campus energy efficiency and renewable energy in the past few months, please see below:

o   Solar Energy on Campus, AASHE w/ NREL, Center for Resource Solutions

o   Submetering for Higher Education Campuses, EPA ENERGY STAR

o   University of Chicago New Construction Procurement Case Study (Setting Energy Performance Requirements), AASHE, Second Nature & U Chicago

o   Fault Detection & Diagnostics BBA EMIS team webinar w/ Michigan State, U Iowa

o   2016 Better Buildings Summit sessions:

1)      Is the Second Time the Charm? Higher Education Success Stories with ESPCs

2)      Make Space! Curbing Campus Growth and Using Space WIsely

3)      From Numbers to Action: Using EMIS to Detect Problems and Solve Them

4)      Engaging Building Occupants: How to Reduce Plug Load Energy Use

5)      Energy Storage: Is it Right for Your Building?

6)      Saving Energy in Labs: The Chief Campus Consumer

  U.S. Department of Energy Better Buildings Higher Ed Sector Opportunities -  document and tech demo opportunities, and encourage you to view newest Implementation Models:

o   UC Berkeley IM: Tying Energy Costs to Building Occupants

o   Emory University IM: Water Hub

Click this link for Sustainable Resources and TOPICS to improve your campus.

Topics listed are Physical Assets - Buildings, Energy, Water, Food, Waste, Transportation, Landscape, Purchasing, General Operations and Carbon Climate.   Each element can improve campus finances and environmental bottom line.

Additional Resources - check out these great organizations/links -

  • Additional resources are:
    The Association of Governing Boards has provided free access to podcasts and videos with governance experts on a variety of topics related to higher education. Of particular interest to Business Officers are What Money Can't Solve, Fundraising with Rita Bornstein, and Fundraising and Foundations with Michael Worth. The video Strategic Planning at Public and Independent Institutions, with Tom Longin, former provost of Ithaca college, is also available. 
  • University of California, Irvine: "Home Run" Energy Retrofits (Proven measures with near-certain cost/benefit results)
  • George Mason University: Solving complex policy problems: A new school built on existing strength
  • George Mason University: The Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence illustrates how George Mason finds interested faculty to teach in this general university classroom.
  • The LSC Guide: Planning for Assessing 21st Century Spaces for 21st Century Learners. This guide, developed by a working group convened by the LSC, is a template for exploring such questions. It is intended to advance efforts on individual campuses to imagine and shape new spaces, reimagine and repurpose existing spaces; it is intended to inform the national dialogue about why attention to physical learning environments matters. 
  • 2013 Thought Leaders Symposium—More than three dozen higher education leaders—including presidents, provosts, business officers, consultants, association executives, and facilities professionals—participated in a facilitated discussion and work session to identify, prioritize, and recommend solutions on the issues related to the cost of higher education.
  • CampusERC—Help your institution join campuses nationwide in proactively improving regulatory compliance, reducing air emissions, minimizing waste, conserving water, and integrating sustainability into their campus operations with this valuable online resource.
  • Campus Sustainability—Learn about the economic benefits of green initiatives on your campus and find links to organizations, publications, and institutions that encourage responsible environmental management and practices.
  • Asbestos Litigation—NACUBO has been involved in pursuing reimbursement for costs of asbestos abatement for colleges and universities since the mid-1980s. In 1987, NACUBO, ACE and a group of institutions contributed funds to sponsor a class action suit against asbestos companies (Central Wesleyan v. W.R. Grace, that was filed in the U.S. District Court in South Carolina.
  • Space Planning Guidelines - from Minnesota State Colleges & Universities

Business Officer Magazine Articles

Regulatory Initiative -- Reducing the RCRA Burden

NACUBO is working to engage the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in a cooperative effort toward environmental excellence on college campuses. Through this initiative, NACUBO aims to foster a dialogue with EPA about the application of certain environmental regulations to the activities of colleges and universities.

Background Material

NACUBO surveyed members about the hazardous waste management function at their institutions as part of our ongoing efforts to inform the EPA about the difficulties of applying some waste management rules to academic labs.


Sally Grans Korsh
Director, Facilities Management and Environmental Policy