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For the sixth year the Annual Meeting has displayed great campus success and efficiency stories. This group of 40 posters at the 2019 Annual Meeting highlight different aspects of “campus efficiencies”. Poster topics depicted different aspects of operational efficiency and sustainability; both financial as well as environmental. They ran the gamut from operational and strategic planning, to major physical plant infrastructure replacement, system wide campus awards, organic composting, water savings, behavior changes, transportation, United Nations Sustainability Development Goals, internal carbon tax, and utility infrastructure that all improved overall campus operational costs and sustainability.

The Sustainability Advisory Panel (SAP) of NACUBO suggested these posters for the 2014 Annual Meeting and they continue to expand in popularity to explain member’s success. It is a fantastic opportunity to share campus success in a different method other than a concurrent session. Members should consider displaying a poster for the next 2020 Annual Meeting in Washington DC (National Harbor) and register that intent no later than March 1, 2020. (Speaker discount for member registration will only be available after poster registration is confirmed.) In this age of electronic and digital images it has been found that creating these posters as a point in time can help clarify, embrace, and advocate campus success that can be shared internally and externally.

Below is the alphabetical listing of the institutions and the general description and the of major concept(s) presented from their campus success story.

Arizona State University (294 KB pdf)

Student led water conservation initiatives explained with specific gallons and dollars saved.

Brock University (496 KB pdf)

Campus takes the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and overlays their strategic initiatives.

Carleton College (5.1 MB pdf)

2019 NACUBO Excellence in Sustainability Award for the campus’s master plan and implementation of long-term geothermal replacement of existing physical plant.

Carnegie Mellon University (237 KB pdf)

New cash handing guidelines process and how it provides safety, improvement, and reducing risk.

Chandler Gilbert Community College (5.5 MB pdf)

Food waste recycling project with information on biodigester, multi-disciplinary collaboration, organic plant studies, and composting and analysis

Colorado College (8.9 MB pdf)

Housing is highlighted with its innovations and sustainability measures.

Colorado State University (9.4 MB pdf)

Transportation modes, metrics, and innovative programs explained.

Community College of Baltimore County (287 KB pdf)

Unique aspects of their food waste reduction efforts explained.

Cornell University (2.5 MB pdf)

Listing of campus accomplishments with building efficiency, food, land and water policies, and renewable energy.

Disaster Resilient Universities Network (5.2 MB pdf)

Hub for those with safety, health, risk and emergency management with a peer to peer network with 700 institutions sharing tools and resources.

Elon University (480 KB pdf)

Explanation of their energy conservation program with 161 buildings and the results.

Energy STAR Program (1.7 MB pdf)

No cost tools and resources offered by U.S. Department of Energy.

Georgia Institute of Technology (7.1 MB pdf)

Complex Keneda sponsored EcoComons explained regarding carbon storage and carbon sequestration.

Georgia College State University (220 KB pdf)

2019 U.S. Dept of Education Green Ribbon Award winner poster highlighting the cost of savings per square footage in electricity, water, gas and recycling.

Kentucky Community & Technical College System (1.9 MB pdf)

System of 16 colleges in 7 campuses notes detailed efforts across the system in operations, leadership, partnerships, academics, engagement and professional development.

Key Facilities Metrics (289 KB pdf)

Review the fifth year of the APPA NACUBO survey which highlights medians of BTU (Energy Use Intensity – EUI) of energy, electrical, water, waste (recycle and garbage) and carbon.

Luther College (5.3 MB pdf)

Overview, goals, implications for campus, and results from their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Reimbursement program.

Millersville University (5.8 MB pdf)

2019 U.S. Dept of Education Green Ribbon Award winner depicts their “virtuous cycle” with award winning net zero Lomdardo Welcome Center and other initiatives improving cost savings.

Northwest College (5.8 MB pdf)

Two-year college details their Infrastructure Survey Project to advance efficiency and sustainability.

Ohio University (534 KB pdf)

Depiction of how campus restructured their sustainability efforts to align with presidential strategic priorities: abstract, before and after organizational structure, budget, and new initiatives.

Rutgers University of New Jersey (14.6 MB pdf)

Template used to describe sustainability in two buildings: Chemistry and Chemical Biology and the Richard Weeks Hall of Engineering.

Slippery Rock University (718 KB pdf)

Graph highlighted efforts to reduce carbon from 2005 to 2035 noting base line date from 2005, current 2018 data, and proposed 2017 net zero per year of Btu (EUI) per square foot, student energy costs, and greenhouse gas emissions.

Sustainability Advisory Panel from NACUBO’s Business Case for Campus Efficiencies (516 KB pdf)

NACUBO’s Sustainability Advisory Panel members listed along with thoughtful questions for the future.

Sustainability Checklist (17 MB pdf)

Brief summary of categories a campus can execute and finance offered by NACUBO’s Sustainability Advisory Panel.

Swarthmore College (355 KB pdf)

2019 NACUBO Excellence in Sustainability Award; Internal carbon tax on campus departments that funds “green” projects and note they co-authored the Higher Education Internal Pricing Toolkit.

Texas A and M University (865 KB pdf)

Student profile development that increases response time, efficiency, and improves student success.

Texas Tech University (21.3 MB pdf)

Innovations in their campus sustainability efforts including their Central Heating and Cooling Plant installed in 2016 reducing their Btu (EUI) per square foot along with other sustainability related efforts.

Towson University (245 KB pdf)

General listing of campus efforts: energy, transportation, climate commitment, engagement, water, waste minimization, food system, and land management with carbon neutral goal by 2050.

University of Alabama Birmingham (1.7 MB pdf)

Strategic Plan for 2019-2025 on air, climate, energy, food and dining, water, buildings, transportation, grounds, waste, campus/public engagement, research, purchasing, diversity and wellbeing and work.

University of Arizona (7.4 MB pdf)

How the campus improves planning, design, and construction in its location with the Sonora Desert.

University of Colorado System (1.7 MB pdf)

Award program recognizing innovation and efficiency: green labs, biohazardous waste, steam weed control, green darkroom and electric lab registration program.

University of Hawaii (3.7 MB pdf)

Funding of the new solar package and storage system for three campuses to be net zero by January 2035.

University of Kansas Medical Center (1 MB pdf)

Multifaceted sustainability plan impact and costs saved with energy and water, recycle, landscaping, transportation and overall diversity and healthy communicates innovations.

University of Massachusetts Lowell (2.8 MB pdf)

Robust agriculture program highlighting urban agriculture greenhouse, rooftop and community gardens, and sustainable land management with “lamp-scaping”.

University of Minnesota (1.2 MB pdf)

Sustainability noted across the campus mission with the “italladdsup.umn.edu” campaign and depiction of how they are reducing their greenhouse gas emissions with renewable energy.

University of Minnesota Morris (6.5 MB pdf)

The “Morris Model” community and university partnership explained with the goals, projects, and climate smart municipalities involved.

University of Texas El Paso (5 MB pdf)

Transformation from an automobile-centric campus to a pedestrian friendly environment reflecting the surrounding Chihuahuan desert.

University of Washington Bothell (3 MB pdf)

Highlights of the campus wetlands, organic land care, pollinators, water conservation and development of edible options to offset food insecurity.

University of Washington Seattle (8.4 MB pdf)

Integration of UW Sustainability unit with Facilities Asset Management and explanation of their evolution with committee structure, reporting, and policies.

Western Colorado University (5.4 MB pdf)

Details their pounds and costs savings with a new efficient waste management system.


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