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Facilities and Sustainability Resources

 Resource Organizations

Explore these higher education associations and organizations that are dedicated to facilities, operations, sustainability, and climate concerns.

NACUBO Excellence in Sustainability Award

The Excellence in Sustainability Award recognizes institutions for a specific campus innovation, process, or program that advances environmental sustainability in higher education or progress toward a more environmentally sustainable future. 

 APPA Key Facilities Metrics Survey 

The Key Facilities Metrics Survey was originally jointly developed by APPA and NACUBO to measure energy and electrical use, water consumption, waste produced, and carbon footprint. NACUBO is delighted that APPA has redesigned the KFM survey so that it can be better integrated with its annual Facilities Performance Indicators (FPI) Survey.

Campus Efficiency Posters

This mixed media archive highlights a variety of successful campus energy efficiency projects that have been showcased at past NACUBO annual meetings.

Sustainability Checklist

Sustainability Poster


Unveiled in 2019, NACUBO developed a checklist for campus business officers as a starting point to evaluate their overall sustainability success. 

Better Buildings Initiative

Take advantage of free resources, including on-demand webinars and case studies, and learn what other higher education institutions are doing to invest in energy innovation.

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Sierra Magazine Releases 2020 Cool Schools List

October 16, 2020

A record-high 312 colleges and universities ranked on this year’s list of top Cool Schools. As in past years, NACUBO member institutions dominate the top 10.

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  • September 8, 2020

    New EPA Report Includes Solar and Wind Energy Use in Higher Education

    While the use of on-site renewable energy systems for commercial buildings has greatly increased in the last decade, higher education still appears to be lagging behind its counterparts in sustainable energy generation.

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  • May 13, 2020

    2020 Sustainable Energy Factbook Released

    The 2020 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook indicates progress in energy efficiency and renewable energy over the last decade.

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