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2016-17 Key Facilities Metrics survey is now open and closes December 11, 2017.

Key Facilities Metrics survey is now open until December 11, 2017.

www.appa.org/nacubosurvey17/ 

Check out the brochure! 

Premise of this survey is to increase leadership’s knowledge to understand their own consumption facts – just as they know the number of students or academic programs. It is crucial to know basic facilities data to improve strategic planning.This survey captures Btu (energy), electrical, water, waste (recycle and garbage) and carbon.

This survey benefits all Higher Education - so your campus does not need to be an APPA or NACUBO member.

Each consumption factor is unique and evaluation of data should be done with the ratios that best fit the campus mission and analysis; whether ratio by region, square footage or student count. Not all consumption is bad – but it should be measured and evaluated to improve overall operations. For example, it is better to increase the amount of recycle waste and decrease the amount of garbage. Increasing Btu (energy) per square foot might be good if the overall student count has increased and the campus is open longer hours for learning.

Results for the third survey from 2015-16 of 329 campuses are available on the APPA website. Institutions are able to mix and match their data by ratios of student count, square footage, region or institutional classification. The number of campuses has increased with this third cycle of 2015-16 academic year up 49% from the first year of 2013-14.

For results log in to www.appa.org and go to myResearch and click on the 2015-16 APPA/NACUBO Key Facilities Metrics Report. This will take you to a description of the survey and then you can “Launch Dashboards” in a variety of reports. If you did not participate you can still review general region and institutional type ranges.

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Results from the last three survey years: 


INFORMATION REGARDING THE FOLLOWING MEDIAN GRAPHS

The medians are given here as a general indicator. The number of campuses participating in the survey is too low to be statistically relevant. Additionally, since the campuses entering the data has not been consistent for each cycle there cannot be a fully accurate comparison. Regional and geographic issues would also alter the results and yield them non-comparable.

Goal is for campuses to review the data to themselves on an annual basis.

kBTU/Sq ft is the energy used per square foot. Usually this is shown as MBTU. An example is 7400/sq ft but we have chosen to reduce to a more easily remembered number and call it kBtu/Sq ft = 74/sq ft. Important to note that the APPA website allows the campus to review by square foot or by FTE (Student count). A campus might have a very high usage of energy as it operates on nights and weekends but a low usage if divided by student. Each campus should review its data by square foot or student count or region to fully understand its consumption. Goal is to continually lower consumption.

Electrical is kilowatt per square foot.

Water per FTE is the annual consumption; total water used annually dived by 365 and number of students to get the consumption per student per day. If a campus wants to evaluate use per days the campus is opened that large annual amount would be divided by the number days students are in campus – not the 365 daily use. This also does not reflect the number of occupants using the campus as it excludes staff, faculty and community that also use water resources at the campus.

Recycling and garbage were collected in tons and then multiplied to pounds to reflect a more relevant connection to students. This is the annual weight in pounds divided by the number of students.

Carbon footprint is the metric ton Co2 divided by the number of students. This does not reflect actual usage at a campus as there are staff and community members.


Community Colleges More campuses participated this year than in past cycles.

Key Facilities Metric

2015-16 # of institutions

2015-16 median

2014-15 # of institutions

2014-15 median

2013-2014 median

Energy BTU – kBtu/per square foot

79

74

26

67

61

Electrical per square foot

79

9.7

26

12

14

Water per FTE student enrolled

81

4.8

 

5.3

2.7

Recycled Waste in pounds per FTE Student enrolled

27

28

20

48

32

Garbage Waste in pounds per FTE Student enrolled

24

71

20

88

86

Carbon Footprint in Metric Ton Co2per FTE Student enroll

68

2.2

15

.85

1.5

 

 

Small Institutions Less campuses participated than in the past cycle.

     Key Facilities Metric

2015-16 # of institutions

2015-16 median

2014-15 # of institutions

2014-15 median

2013-2014 Baccalaureate only

Energy BTU – kBtu/per square foot

48

91

67

83

106

Electrical per square foot

46

10

67

11

10

Water per FTE student enrolled

52

39

61

28

31

Recycled Waste in pounds per FTE Student enrolled

46

149

50

147

159

Garbage Waste in pounds per FTE Student enrolled

45

502

53

474

363

Carbon Footprint in Metric Ton Co2 per FTE Student enrolled

37

5.8

 

5.5

6.2

 

 

Comprehensive Colleges  More campuses participated than in the past cycle.

Key Facilities Metric

2015-16 # of  institutions

2015-16 median

2014-15 # of institutions

2014-15 median

2013-2014 median
Doctoral and Masters

Energy BTU – kBtu/per square foot

116

94

87

98

114 and 105

Electrical per square foot

115

12

87

12.7

 

Water per FTE student enrolled

122

19

81

17.9

18 and 17

Recycled Waste in pounds per FTE Student enrolled

96

89

76

68

108 and 71

Garbage Waste in pounds per FTE Student enrolled

95

226

75

145

210 and 231

Carbon Footprint in Metric Ton per FTE Student enrolled

82

3

67

2.2

2.4 and 3.8

 

 

Research Colleges  Less campuses  participated than in the past cycle.

Key Facilities Metric

2015-16 # of institutions

2015-16 median

2014-15 # of  institutions

2014-15 median

2013-2014 median High and Very High Research categories

Energy BTU – kBtu/per square foot

48

132

64

150

140 and 163

Electrical per square foot

43

15

68

17

16 and 20

Water per FTE student enrolled

52

30

61

29.7

23 and 33

Recycled Waste in pounds per FTE Student enrolled

49

124

65

125

66 and 182

Garbage Waste in pounds per FTE Student enrolled

48

253

64

247

160 and 239

Carbon Footprint in Metric Ton per FTE Student enrolled

45

5.7

55

6.3

4.1 and 6.7

 
If you participated in the survey - you can review your campus results in a number of ways by logging in to www.appa.org and go to myResearch and click on the 2015-16 APPA/NACUBO Key Facilities Metrics Report. This will take you to a description of the survey and then you can "Launch Dashboards" to creaete  a variety of reports  that fit your particular needs.  If you did not participate in the survey last year, you can still review general data by region and by instituional type.

Additionally - additional assistance in evaluating, reviewing options for improvement, getting suggestions for funding sources or seeking a mentor from another campus - please start by emailing/calling Sally Grans Korsh, Director Facilities Management and Environmental Policy sgranskorsh@nacubo.org or 202-861-2571. We are glad to assist you to improve your campus sustainability; energy, electrical, water, waste and carbon - all reductions can improve both financial and environmental concerns.


First year of the APPA/NACUBO Survey - 2013-14 Key Facilities Metric Survey

The 2013-14 Key Facilities Metrics results from this first effort in 2014 are now available at the APPA website. To view results you will need to create a log in to access the report. Campuses that completed part or all of the survey will have access to their own reports, but others can log on and see general data via "Launch Executive Level Dashboards." The survey was initiated by NACUBO's Sustainability Advisory Panel (SAP) with the belief that all finance and facilities leaders should know specific data points by which to plan, develop strategic decisions, and operate the campus more efficiently. APPA members are already engaged in the robust Facilities Performance Indicators survey and report, which made APPA a natural partner for this effort.

"One cannot manage what is not quantified." Five simple metrics on Btu, kilowatt, water, waste and carbon footprint were targeted in this survey to be utilized as a tool for increasing campus self-awareness. Our goal is to have all involved in the business office understand these metrics.

Data is reported and then placed in ratios by gross square feet (GSF) or by student FTE (SFTE). Some campus personnel might find better use for their data by comparing overall usage per GSF by Carnegie classification or by the APPA Region classifications. Other campuses might have extremely high or low student usage so their analysis for consumption per SFTE might be more relevant than reviewing by GSF solely. Regardless of the ratio a campus chooses to use as its basis for improvement, it is valuable for all in the facilities and business office to have an understanding of such items as "the campuses uses...

  • Energy at 100,000 BTU/sq ft or,
  • Energy at 35MMBTU per student or,
  • Water consumption was or 23 gallons a day per square foot or 20 gallons a day per student."

The survey intent is for self-awareness – with the goal of improving (even incrementally) from year to year.  This is not an exacting or perfect survey as there can be yearly changes in weather, demographics, number of community participants, and many other program factors that are not taken into consideration by just entering raw consumption data from vendors or utilities. 

The survey intent is not to be another competition or arms race about which institution is doing better, as each campus has unique spaces and programs. Each campus can zoom in on which  metrics are most relevant for them to utilize.   

Some campuses do not have the ability to capture all of this data (e.g. some institutions do not collect trash by the pounds, so those campuses will need to self-analyze with containers). The important point is to figure out what your campus can use to create a baseline for institutional improvement.   

Higher education facilities spend approximately $6-7 billion on utilities and $14 billion on operations. Those expense categories are usually the second highest budgetary expense after salaries at a campus. Whatever we can do to improve our campus consumption and waste control is good – so review, analyze, and participate in the 2015 Key Facilities Metrics that opens later this summer and closes in early December 2015. Start your path to improvement by quantifying where you are now!  

For more information – contact Christina Hills or Sally Grans Korsh.

Below are two results (Energy – BTU and Water) from the first 2104  survey with more than 2.6 million students and over 739 million square feet represented (excluding outliers and Canadian institutions).