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Business and Policy Areas
Business and Policy Areas

Facilities and Environmental Compliance

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.  

Drivers of Space Growth - Research and insights

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

Check out great sessions by 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  

2014-15 Key Facilities Metrics Survey results available! 

Results are in for the 2014-15 APPA/NACUBO Key Facilities Metric survey.   Just as leadership can recite pertinent campus facts - cost of tuition, types of academic programs, number of students, etc  - it is critical to know basic facilities data to improve strategic planning; Btu, electrical, water, waste and carbon.  Plan on entering your campus data for the 2015-16 cycle!   

Survey opens in Sept and closes the first week of December 2016. 
Read more in the Business Officer magazine online September issue article, Five Telling Measures.

If questions - contact or 202-861-2571

2014/15 Key Facilities Metrics survey is supported by First American Education Finance * A City National Bank Company. 


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, 7th Edition - 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 Managementchapter of College and University Business Administration.

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

College and University Business Administration, 7th Edition - Facilities Management
This chapter covers the vast array of responsibilities associated with managing a higher education institution’s physical assets: campus planning; building and space management; facility planning, design, and construction; operations and maintenance; energy and sustainability; and real estate ownership.

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