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41 posters highlighting a variety of campus efficiencies were shown at the 2015 Annual Meeting. Poster topics depicted many different aspects of efficiency and sustainability. They ran the gamut from operational and strategic planning, to major physical plant infrastructure replacement, to space use, to community stream improvement.

Below is the alphabetical listing of the campuses and the general description of what their poster contained.

"Sustainability is not a trend - it is a tradition".  Energy and water savings initiatives, student fee renewable energy initiative with pv and wind, biodiesel.

Campus Metabolism - an interactive web tool used to highlight the interconnection between daily actions and energy use.  Software fosters understanding of energy use - great example of translating buildings and personal use and impact in the environment.

Quantifies results from first joint survey to highlight key elements for planning and budgeting on a gross square foot or per student; incentive to whichever metric appeals most to decision makers.

Listing of accomplishments such as 27% increase in physical footprint since 2000 and 27% reducing in electrical consumption in the last three years.  

Student canopy, infrastructure modernization, energy and environmental stewardship

2015 NACUBO Innovation Award for the Zero Net Energy Health and Science Building with five acre solar carport canopy owned by private developer over a parking lot that will provide 50% of campus electricity.

Questions from NACUBO's Sustainability Advisory Panel for business/finance officers to ask about the future.   

States the process, criteria and projects and graphs the program financials and results. It is development of a program that combines finance, engineering and operations to implement energy conservation measures without negatively impacting research.   

Water Conservation in the landscape via water absorbing polymers and xeriscape.

Electric Vehicle Charging Station Information.

NACUBO highlights national statistics.

Highlights activities undertaken for climate neutral by 2050: Climate action plan, conservation, community engagement, facilities master plan, utility master plan - central plant from 1910, food procurement and student activities.   

Finance division finds efficiencies through strategic planning.  Clear discussion of financial plan, development of polices, capital budget process, enterprise content management, IT cost and development study all in response to strategic plan goals - includes future project narrative and website.

History from 1970 to present and the sustainability components.

highest platinum rating from AASHE STARS and description of success.  

Clear, concise on process and financials involved  for making carbon neutrality a reality; explains the Energy Conservation Initiative - included in specific costs on funding,  information on cost and expected return on investment  with building automation (great graphic), project highlight on a library mechanical cost and a lamp replacement  cost , climate action plan and the renewal energy projects.

Green Revolving Fund - definition, initiatives, specifics example of financial investment and return on  building improvements.

A network of 600 higher ed institutions. University of Oregon  sponsors a list (at no cost) that facilitates open communication, discussion and resource sharing between university/college practitioners charged with making campuses more disaster resilient. Examples include tools regarding University Incident Management Teams set up and process and National Intercollege Mutual-Aid Agreement (NIMAA) to facilitate back up plans from peers.   

Statistics on campus growth, consumption reduction and achievements.

Energy Efficiency Model: Learning by Doing: comprehensive approach to energy efficiency incorporates a process of continuous improvement driven by project results.    

Energy Efficiency Model: Program Highlight - keys to success, integrated design team, continuous monitoring, campus talent and aggressive investments with strong Return on Investments.

Sustainability via emissions, energy, health and well-being, nature, campus operations, culture change and community.

Stream restoration with community and government partners with students.

IUPIU Campus Sustainability: kitchens, urban gardens, EPA Green Power Challenge, Solar, Campus Commute and Tree Campus USA statistics.

Baseline comparison from 2007 to 2014 and reduction results.

Reduction in square footage cost of electrical, water and gas from 2008 to 2014 - good graph  highlighting dynamic improvement.

Journey toward zero waster in dining with controlling pre-consumer water, recycling, fryer oil improvements and future ideas including lean culture: people in the process.

Residential  life examples that explain to students  the process of how to "live green" and inform them  of  conservation measures in waste, water and energy in residential units that all yield savings to the campus.

Combined heat and power plant describes  how consolidated plant provided reliable emergency power, financial advantage, provided fuel and technology flexibility,  removed deferred maintenance and created savings in two years. Also included on the poster is the email/phone/name contact info for the National Technical Assistance Partnership (TAP) for all seven regions in the U.S.

Sustainability infographics superimposed on the physical site plan.

Fact sheet on Stanford Energy System Innovations (SESI) that continuously monitors spaces and external conditions with over 1,200 + variables to forecast optimum operation of the physical plant.

Leveraging technology to conserve resources from the Business Affairs Facilities Management - on natural gas turbines, thermal energy storage (ice)  and data- driven decisions making.

Specific measures in recycling water, plumbing retrofits, laboratories, student housing, and landscaping resulting in savings of 50 million gallons annually.   

Process flow diagram on execution of efforts with 1) measure and analyze benchmarks, 2) implement technologies and strategies, 3) investment and execution with 4) the program for the future.

Detail on development, costs and facts on the combined heat and power plant.

Managerial reporting project on how they are taking data and information and repackaging to create insight via financial reporting, training, partnerships and toolsets.   

Sustainability programs, calendar engagement, st4ewardship and awards. 

Why green labs are important to a campus. How Green Lab Certification program is development - levels of certification and inspiring data.

Conversion of power plant from coal to natural gas; specific costs and pollutants noted.

Voya Financial generously sponsored the 2015 Annual Meeting Campus Efficiency posters in the EXPO hall and their poster highlights their own corporate commitment.

Green revolving fund history. Clear graphics from 1980 on reducing costs with investment and average annual return on investment. Official joining 2012 Billion Dollar Green Challenge with graphics clearly identifying the need, process and savings on investment and ROI.

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