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Facilities and Environmental Compliance

Key Facilities Metrics - joint collaborative survey by APPA/NACUBO

Fill out this survey by Dec 14, 2105 on getting memorable metrics to assist in overall strategic planning:  BTU, electrical, water, waste, and carbon footprint.

Results will be available online in March 2016 with ratios on gross square feet or FTE - against Carnegie classification, region, or all institutions.  Two $500 APPLE certificates will be given to randomly selected participants who fill out two of the five consumpton metrics: BTU, Electrical, Water, Waster or Carbon 

Log in and take the survey at

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

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

Free webinar on Reducing Plugloads in your buildings!  
Monday, Dec. 1, 2015 from 3:00 to 4:00 P.M. EDT from the Better Buildings  - Department of Energy

Presenters: Rois Lander, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Moria Hafer, Stanford University, Jason Sielcken, U.S. General Administration Services on

"Plug into Energy Savings: Strategies and Resources for Reducing Plugload Energty Use in Your Buildings" 

Sign up for the free webinar: 

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.

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Featured product

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.

Free Webinars and Resources 

Free webinar by consultants on Escalating Construction Costs 

A variety of free webinars are offered from the Department of Energy -  Better Buildings Alliance. 

The Department of Energy has an entire sector devoted to improving higher educatioin buildings.
Check out information on the  many campuses that have highlighted activities.   

Additional Resources

  • 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.

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