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Business and Policy Areas
Business and Policy Areas

Campus Sustainability Resources

NACUBO has many resources - refer back to main page on webinars, videos, events!

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.

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

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