Just as campus financial leaders can recite pertinent campus facts—cost of tuition, number of students, types of academic programs—it is equally important to know basic operational consumption data. After salaries, running the physical plant is usually the second-highest cost for an institution.
The annual Key Facilities Metrics Survey from NACUBO and APPA is now available and can help you benchmark your campus’s consumption. Fill out the survey with the 2017-18 data by December 17 on these at least two of these key consumption elements: BTU (energy), electrical, water, waste, and carbon. This simple data can be gleaned from vendor information.
Fill out as many of these elements as possible to advance your decision making, as comparing this data from year to year can assist in reducing consumption and costs. The data can also be used to inform students and faculty of behavior changes or as proof that projects are reducing consumption to save on operational costs. Two NACUBO members shared their experience with the survey:
- “Our vice president consistently wants us to simplify metrics so we can hone in on improving, and the Key Facilities Metric survey gives us this basic, simple platform to evaluate our progress. Leadership needs to have simple metrics to remember and relate to–and while we have a great deal of data – we consistently go back to these simple Key Facilities Metrics.” -Jessica Rose, Georgia Institute of Technology LEED GA, associate director, facilities management
- “I had the data already for our soon-to-be-submitted STARS Report so it was just a plug-and-chug exercise to input the data. Quick and easy.” -Liesel Schwarz, Villanova University sustainability manager, Villanova
The 2018 survey is available online and can be accessed by only one person per campus. For a hard copy of the survey or for any questions, please contact Sally Grans Korsh, director of facilities and environmental policy, at email@example.com. Median results from the past four years of the survey are available online.