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Campus Sustainability Resources

NACUBO has many resources - refer pages on webinars, videos, events!

Key Facilities Metrics Survey 2015-16 Results are in! 

Leadership knows the number of students, academic programs, tuitition costs - one should also  know the campus square footage, how much energy  (BTU and electrical) and water consumed  along with waste and carbon footprint. See the APPA/NACUBO Key Facilities Metrics. Leadership should know these data points to assist in strategic planning.  Data from vendor/utilities bills can be entered from the previous academic year starting in September and survey closes in early December.
Whether you filled out some, or all, or none of the questions in the previous two years it is good to document your campus consumption issues.    Start now!

The 2015-16 results are in so  check out this link .    The 2016-17 survey will be open in August and closes Dec. 11, 2017.

 It will be available online here:  Free and open to all campuses (do not need to be either an APPA or NACUBO member).   

Survey results reflect these five key (and simple) elements that readily come from vendor or utility bills 

Free videos to Members (slight cost to others)

Finance and Facilities Leadership Series: Win-Win Strategies
View six, 30-minute videos, by yourself or in a group, to discuss potential opportunities and challenges facing institutions today.  The videos are designed to help you gather nuggets of wisdom on issues that pertain to the expanding campus financial duties beyond the balance sheet. 

  • Turning Deferred Maintenance Challenges into Savings (University of Vermont)
  • Bending the Deferred Maintenance Curve, The Value of Whole-Building Energy Retrofits (University of California, Irvine)
  • A Facilities Primer (APPA & NACUBO)
  • Strengthening University Environmental Leadership  (University of Washington)
  • Food Recovery Network: How Campuses Can Fight Waste and Feed People Definitions
  • Strategies for Sustainability (Arizona State University)

Free Podcasts Open to All -  Listen anytime/anywhere!

Tune into these complimentary audio programs today. Subscribe on iTunes or stream directly from your computer.

Episode 18: Taking Action on Energy Impact at University of Washington with Policy Analyst Roel Hammerschlag
Released Feb. 7, 2017
Roel Hammerschlag, Hammerschlag & Co. LLC

Episode 11: Sustainable Performance Improvement at UC Irvine
Released Feb. 25, 2016
Wendell C. Brase, University of California, Irvine

NIB Episode 8: Ruth Johnston on Transforming Administration to Support the Academic MissionEpisode 9: Wendell Brase on Performance Improvement at UC Irvine
Episode 10: Fred Roger's on the ROI of Smart Sustainability

Specfic Campus Resources 

Every CFO should evaluate the mission of its institution and align processes to improve sustainability; both in terms of financial and environmental stability.    Leadership should connect sustainability as part of the core mission; to advance and interconnect operations and academics to improve overall campus efficiency (energy, space use, water, etc.),  reduce carbon footprint and advancing overall campus resiliency.

One definition for Sustainability is: "the ability to meet current needs without compromising the ability for future generations to do the same".  Another is "a decision-making process that incorporates economic development priorities, social equity and environmental protection so that actions return long-term benefits without harming people or the environment."     

Either definition has the CFO/CBO in a leadership position that can impact the campus sustainability.

Components of sustainability are suggested below for the CFO and campus to evaluate.   Financial and business leadership begins with evaluation, questioning and probing these issues to improve the campus.  

1. Physical Assets - Buildings

2. Energy

3. Water

4. Food

5. Waste

6. Transportation

7. Landscaping

8. Purchasing

9. General Operations

10. Carbon Emissions and Other

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

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

The Sustainability Advisory Panel also  provided a list of resources related to sustainability initiatives, practices, and research on each of  their campus.  These resources can be used as a guide to reducing the ecological footprint at your institution.


Sally Grans Korsh
Director, Facilities Management and Environmental Policy