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The 2017-18 APPA/NACUBO Key Facilities Metrics Survey is closed.  

Results for campuses that participated on the survey can be found by region, type of institution, number of students, and other ratios  on the APPA website.   

This  survey is a great opportunity to collect critical metrics to improve your campus consumption. Survey is open to all in Higher Education (and you do not need to be an APPA or NACUBO member).  Consider participating in the next cycle which is for the 2018-19 academic year and the survey will open in August 2019 and close in early Dec 2019. 

Check out brochure on the survey from previous 3 years cites benefits to your campus by documenting this data - the 4th year brochure is pending.

Check out this 2-minute video that South Dakota State University created to highlight their ease and success 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, LEED GA, Associate Director, Facilities Management, Georgia Institute of Technology

Thank you for making me aware of the survey. 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, Sustainability Manager, Villanova University

"Discovering this tool came at the perfect moment. This kind of data is exactly in the scope that my boss would love to see in ten days. I have been able to plug it in and get some dashboard results right now!" Steven Kormanak, Director of Facilities, Blackhawk Technical College

"This survey took about 15 minutes and was an easy report. We keep good utility records and just had a waste audit report done." David Rubin, Business Manager of Facilities Management, Northeastern Illinois University

“The use of data and metrics in decision making and cost benefit analysis has allowed us to perform cost effective central plant projects, continuous commissioning, and energy studies/projects since 2001. The result of the commissioning program and $43 million in projects is that the campus grew 22% while total energy use is forecast in FY2018 to be slightly less than FY2000.” Kelley Yeomans, Senior Director of Finance and IT Infrastructure Properties and Planning, Cornell University

IF your campus is NOT keeping utility records - this is a great opportunity to set up a simple system and capture your consumption. A quick review can easily find mistakes that some utility providers make! Survey results reflect these five key (and simple) elements that readily come from vendor or utility bills.

Campus leadership can recite pertinent campus facts such as cost of tuition, types of academic programs, number of students, etc. Leadership should also know basic facilities data to improve strategic planning such as BTU, electrical, and water consumption, as well as waste output, and carbon footprint.  Results for each campus will be on the APPA website and you can create your own ratios in square feet or student count, by region or by institution.  Adjust for what your campus needs best!

NACUBO Business Officer magazine article Five Telling Measures

Contact or 202-861-2571 if you need a hard copy of the survey, interested in sponsoring this survey, or have any questions regarding the survey.  


 2017-18 Results pending and will be posted once verified by campuses (expected by June 2019) . 


Community Colleges

Similar participation from previous years.


Small Institutions

Similar participation from previous year.

Small Institution Tables. Similar participation from previous year.


Comprehensive Institutions

Significantly less campuses participated than in the past cycle, but those that participated filled out the survey more completely.

KFM Compg Chart Cropped 2016-17


Research Institutions 

More differential between High and Very High Research Institutions.

KFM Research Chart 2016-17


Energy Graphic 2016-17  KFM

Electrical graphic 2016-17


Water Graphic 2016-17 KFM


Recycle Graphic 2016-17 KFM

 Garbage Graphic 2016-17 KFM


Carbon Graphic 2016-17 KFM


Sally Grans Korsh

Director, Facilities Management and Environmental Policy


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