Campus Sustainability Resources
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.
Key Facilities Metrics Survey 2015-16 Open Now!
Just as campus leadership can recite pertinent campus facts such as cost of tuition, types of academic programs, number of students, etc., it is critical for leadership to also know basic facilities data to improve strategic planning such as BTU, electrical, and water consumption, as well as waste output, and carbon footprint.
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 survey is open NOW and closes on December 12, 2016. It will be available online here: www.appa.org/nacubosurvey16/. 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 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.
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.
- Carleton College
Sustainability at Carleton College
- University of California, Irvine
Sustainability - University of California Irvine
- Brandman University
Center for Sustainable Living
- McLennan Community College
Life is Green at MCC
- Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN)
Community College Partnership
- Arizona State University
ASU Global Institute of Sustainability
- University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Sustainability at UW Oshkosh
- Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Tech Recognized for Celebrating Sustainability
Scheller College Wins Grant to Start Center on Business Strategies for Sustainability
- Pacific Lutheran University
STARS: Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System
- University of Washington
Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability
Sally Grans Korsh
Director, Facilities Management and Environmental Policy
- NACUBO and FASB Discuss Grant Revenue Recognition
- ED Proposes Auditing Safeguards Rule Compliance
- NACUBO and ACE to Negotiate Rates for Use of Music on Campus
- WEBCAST: NACUBO Live! 2017 Higher Education Accounting Forum
May 7-9, 2017
- WEBCAST: Update to Strategic Financial Analysis in Higher Education, 7th Edition: Corrections and Clarifications
Thursday, May 25, 2017 1:00PM ET
- WEBCAST: Results of the 2016 NACUBO Tuition Discounting Study
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 1:00 PM ET
- ON-DEMAND: How to Budget for Technology That Aligns with Institutional Goals
- ON-DEMAND: What’s Happening in Student Financial Services?
- ON-DEMAND: Legislative Lunchcast: A 30-Minute Washington Update from NACUBO