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University of New Hampshire Dumpster Dive

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)

The “Earth Day Dumpster Dive,” was organized by the UNH Sustainability Institute and the Zero Waste Task Force and sought to examine the waste habits of the campus community in ...


Earth Day at the University of Minnesota

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

At the Earth Day fair, we hosted a free succulent planting for students that posted "5 sustainable selfies" with the hashtag #MySustainableU. The planters were donated from the ReUse program ...

  • Posted April 27, 2016
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Indiana University Celebrates Earth Day

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

Indiana University celebrated Earth Day 2016 by engaging students in creating a rain garden. The installation of a rain garden outside the IU Student Recreational Sports Center began April 15 ...

  • Posted April 27, 2016
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Celebrating Earth Day One Bite at a Time

  • Indiana State University (IN)

On Earth Day at ISU, Sodexo closes one of our dining halls and has an outdoor picnic instead, where students can use their meal plans for a lunch featuring ingredients ...

  • Posted April 26, 2016
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Going Geothermal At Ball State University

  • Ball State University (IN)

Ball State University has created the nation’s largest ground-source, closed-loop district geothermal energy system, benefiting the statewide social, economic and environmental context.

The system’s implementation demonstrates that geothermal ...

  • Posted April 26, 2016
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Stock Images for Waste Signs

  • Babson College (MA)

Cut-out images with transparent backgrounds of various items for use in recycling, trash, and compost informational materials.

Images created by Connie Hsu and Sheen Hui for the Babson College Sustainability ...

  • Posted April 26, 2016
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Alaska Jones - The Quest for the Source of Heat and Power

  • University of Alaska Fairbanks (AK)

What is district energy? Learn how the University of Alaska Fairbanks heats and cools their buildings with this fun and entertaining introduction to district energy.

  • Posted April 15, 2016
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WaterSense at Work: Best Management Practices for Commercial and Institutional Facilities

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)

WaterSense at Work is a compilation of water efficiency best management practices (BMPs) that help commercial and institutional facilities understand and better manage their water use, establish an effective water ...

  • Posted March 29, 2016
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ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)

ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager is an online tool you can use to measure and track energy and water consumption, as well as greenhouse gas emissions. Use it to benchmark the ...


The Energy Smart Guide to Campus Cost Savings

  • Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers (APPA) (VA)
  • National Association of College & University Business Officers (DC)
  • United States Department of Energy

Rebuild America created The Energy Smart Guide to Campus Cost Savings to help college and university managers sort through the opportunities and possibilities for saving energy and money on their ...

  • Posted March 28, 2016
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Leading Techniques for Energy Savings in Colleges and Universities

  • Schneider Electric (TX)

This paper describes how building automation products and services can reduce energy costs at colleges and universities. It outlines proven techniques to achieve energy conservation results with an attractive return ...

  • Posted March 28, 2016
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The State of Sustainability in Higher Education 2015: Emissions Metrics, Consumption Trends & Strategies for Success

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • Sightlines (CT)

Over the past decade, campuses across North America have invested significant effort, attention, and money toward the key challenges of sustainability in higher education, which are embodied by the carbon ...

  • Posted March 21, 2016
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Tailgate Waste Diversion

  • University of Southern California (CA)

USC Sustainability and Facilities Management Services are partnering to reduce the amount of waste sent to the landfill on campus during football tailgates. Student facilitators educate tailgaters on how to ...

  • Posted March 11, 2016
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The Campus as a Living Laboratory: Using the Built Environment to Revitalize College Education

  • American Association of Community Colleges (DC)
  • U.S. Green Building Council (DC)

As community colleges redesign and retrofit campuses in greener ways, many forward-thinking institutions are using these projects as hands-on learning opportunities for students. These so-called “living laboratories” merge academics and ...

  • Posted March 3, 2016
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Simple Key Facilities Benchmarks That Make a Difference

  • National Association of College & University Business Officers (DC)

Some campus personnel have the ability (time and expertise) to gather great detail on benchmarking. However, many campuses are not able to expend the time or expertise to be a ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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A Better Business Building' - Penn State and Leonardo Academy Connect Students, Faculty, and Facilities through LEED for Existing Buildings and LEED Campus

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • Leonardo Academy (WI)

Learn how students, faculty, and facility management staff worked together to transform the sustainability of the Smeal Business Building at Penn State through LEED-EBOM. The project served as a model ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Sustainabillity by Collaboration: Partnering Facilities with Instruction

  • Sierra College (CA)

Sierra College utilizes a unique partnership between the facilities and instructional divisions to provide high-level workforce development training for students while expanding the college's renewable energy portfolio. The Energy ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Financial and Physical Climate Change Resilience: Are Your Facilities Ready?

  • URS Corporation (MD)

The slow but steady pace of climate change is producing rapid and drastic weather changes worldwide. These changes are challenging the ability of facilities to perform their most basic function ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Greening the Team: Enhancing the Sustainability of Collegiate Athletic Facilities

  • University of Southern California (CA)
  • Green Sports Alliance (OR)
  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)
  • Natural Resources Defense Council (DC)
  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

Athletic facilities are often the centerpieces of higher education campuses, where people come together and school spirit is built. They are also venues offering vast opportunities for positive impact on ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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ASHRAE Level II Energy Audit Program for Higher Education Facilities

  • Guilford College (NC)

This presentation will explain to the audience the value of conducting ASHRAE Level II energy audits for campus facilities in an effort to identify energy conservation measures and reduce future ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Empowering Ecoliteracy: A Transformative Art & Design Education Bridges Academics, Operations, and Facilities

  • The New School (NY)

Parsons The New School for Design in New York City has approached sustainability holistically to engage students - shaping how they work, study, and participate in the material world - while also ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Water, Waste and Landscaping:How Old Dominion University Facilities Management Manages and Practices Sustainability

  • Old Dominion University (VA)

The main goal for my presentation is to share information with attendees on how Old Dominion University Facilities Management manages water, waste and landscaping into our sustainability efforts. ODU made ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Challenges to Greening Your Campus Facilities Discussion

  • U.S. Green Building Council (DC)

Are you a champion for greening facilities on your campus? More energy efficient buildings? Better access to alternate transportation? More green space around and in between your buildings? Greener purchasing ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Empowering Physical Plant as Sustainability Ambassadors

  • Xavier University (OH)

The Office of Physical Plant as Xavier University has 85 professionals, serving a campus community of 8,000 plus. The Sustainability Program was quietly effective, but the department's humility ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Sustainability and Facilities, Friends Not Foes: A Case Study of the Babson Approach to Collaboration

  • Babson College (MA)

This presentation is a case study of the working relationship between facilities and the sustainability office at Babson College.

For many sustainability directors, the Facilities department is a foe rather ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Bridging the Gap: Finding Common Ground for Sustainability with EH&S and Facilities

  • University of Connecticut (CT)
  • University of Vermont (VT)
  • Campus Consortium for Environmental Excellence (MA)

Greening campus operations requires development of a partnership among sustainability, facilities, and EHS compliance professionals. To be effective, this partnership must bridge a significant culture gap. On one side of ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Integrating Sustainability with Facilities Master Planning at Randolph College

  • Randolph College (VA)

Many colleges and universities are in the process of "greening" their campuses to achieve more sustainable use of energy and resources and reduce their contribution to climate disruption. This process ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Environmental Sustainability Cluster Course: Initiating Multidisciplinary Perspectives, Engaging Community, and Supporting Facilities Management

  • University of Missouri, Kansas City (MO)

In the spring of 2008, the first environmental sustainability course offered at the University of Missouri Kansas City was a cluster course. Cluster courses are upper level, interdisciplinary, general education ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Can Real-Time Dashboard Displays of Resource Use in Buildings and across campus facilities be used to build a community and a culture of stewardship?

  • Oberlin College (OH)
  • Lucid (CA)

In recent years many colleges and universities have undertaken comprehensive technological and management initiatives to improve campus energy and material use efficiency. Many schools have also undertaken educational programs designed ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Sustainable Facilities Management - GS-42

  • PortionPac Chemical Corporation (IL)
  • Green Seal (DC)

This presentation is designed to introduce you to the background, development and requirements of Green Seal's GS 42 standard, it's implementation on the Cornell University Campus, and to ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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New Developments in Green Facilities Management

  • Green Seal (DC)

Presenters will discuss several new and important elements of green facilities management including two new Green Seal pilot programs: the Green Facilities Partnership and the Green Purchasing Partnership. These programs ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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How-to Guide: Promoting Sustainable Campus Landscapes

  • AASHE (PA)
  • Arbor Day Foundation (NE)

The campus landscape, like its buildings, can be seen as the physical embodiment of a college’s values. It is a vital part of the life of a campus, providing ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Earning Green By Going Green: A Case Study of the Waste Stream at LIU Post

  • LIU Post (NY)

Trash is considered something holding no value. It is something that is worthless or meaningless. Contrary to that definition, trash often always holds some value. At LIU Post, we throw ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Greening the Campus: Converting Organic Waste to Energy

  • Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)

This project explores the potential waste-to-energy (WtE) technologies based on current conditions at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) (e.g., waste resource availability) by proposing the following three feasible WtE ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Steam Loss in Miami University's Piping System

  • Miami University (OH)

The Physical Facilities department at Miami University has observed a monthly loss of 12-15 million pounds of steam, which translates into a $65,000 loss per month, in the 7 ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Proposal for University of Georgia Energy Reform

  • The University of Georgia (GA)

University of Georgia Students for Environmental Action (SEA) created this proposal for presentation to our senior administration as a part of SEA's "UGA Beyond Coal" campaign to replace UGA ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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UCLA Campus Recycling Action Research Team

  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)

The UCLA Action Research Teams (ART) program gives students the opportunity to form research teams of 5-7 students that tackle issues of campus sustainability such as energy efficiency, transportation, waste ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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University Avenue Redevelopment: Prioritizing Pedestrians and the Environment

  • Dalhousie University (NS)

This report presents a redevelopment plan for the main road on the Dalhousie University campus in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The plan is designed to achieve three goals: promote active transportation ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Higher Education Green Building Sector Analysis

  • University of Michigan (MI)

This sector analysis describes the growing focus on green building in higher education. It then explores key drivers of the increased attention to green buildings and examines the remaining obstacles ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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EVs with PVs: Analysis of Electric Vehicle Integration at Stanford University Using Solar PV Panels

  • Stanford University (CA)

As electric vehicles (EVs) are growing in popularity, Stanford University realizes that there may be great value in providing EV charging spots on campus for commuters and residents who switch ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Minnesota Campus Energy Challenge 2009 Analysis and Recommendations

  • Macalester College (MN)

This report is an analysis of the Minnesota 2009 Campus Energy Challenge (MCEC) from the point of view of the principal state organizer, Arielle Miwa Oseki Robbins, the principal Macalester ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Western Michigan University GHG Inventory (Baseline Year 2007)

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

We believe that a prerequisite to thoughtfully assessing the feasibility of signing the ACUPCC, is to have a rich understanding of Western Michigan University's (WMU) current GHG emissions. For ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Campus Climate Neutrality -- Yes We Can! It's a Big Challenge, But Here's How to Do it

  • Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers (APPA) (VA)

As the challenges sink in, those charged with achieving climate neutrality maybe wondering how to achieve it. The author provides and in depth, step-by-step plan on how to get there.

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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The Educational Facilities Professionals Practical Guide to Reducing the Campus Carbon Footprint

  • Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers (APPA) (VA)

As more institutions respond to the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment, or are otherwise responsible for campus environmental stewardship, this implementation guide gives educational facilities professionals a practical ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Building Retrofit Strategies

  • California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (CA)

The objective of our project was to identify and analyze building retrofit strategies that can reduce kWhs or Btus and associated greenhouse gas emissions on the Cal Poly Pomona campus ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Feasibility of Green Building at WPI

  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute (MA)

College campuses, with significant numbers of older facilities, have the opportunity to lead the green building movement while reaping economic, health, environmental, educational, and marketing benefits. This project assessed the ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Survey of LEED Water Efficiency Credits and Strategies in the Southeastern United States

  • University of South Carolina (SC)

Sustainable building design is growing in popularity partly due to the success of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Rating System. LEED is becoming more common in the ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Making The Business Case For Sustainability: It's Not Just About Getting Points

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

Architects and designers have done an admirable job of bringing sustainability and “green” buildings to the front of our consciousness in recent years. Once only the battle cry of environmental ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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The Hidden Economics of Campus Sustainability

  • Colorado State University (CO)

Most of us are familiar with the obvious economic and environmental benefits associated with utility cost avoidance programs. For example, Colorado State University has actively encouraged energy management and water ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Green Expectations: From Wind Turbines to Green Dorms, from Turf Roofs to Eco-Friendly Cleaning Fluids, IHEs Are Exploring Environmentally Friendly Ways to Conserve Energy, Save Money-And Help the Planet

  • Carleton College (MN)

In a cornfield within eyesight of Carleton College's (Minn.) campus stands a towering sleek, stark-white structure that looks Like the Mercedes-Benz logo. But it's hardly an advertisement for ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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