Sustainability Action Plan

We have many sustainability initiatives yet to accomplish. The Sustainability Steering Committee recommends the following strategies to mitigate our GHG emissions. WHAT’S NEXT


Provide plug-in energy meters by office, to allow staff to see their individual energy use Require a regular building managers’ energy report to update occupants of each building on their electricity use Provide power strips to new employees to reduce standby power consumption, which according to the U.S. Department of Energy is responsible for 10% or more of the monthly utility bill Develop building-level strategies for sharing refrigerators, microwaves, and other personal appliances Develop an administrative procedure for personal appliance usage, including space heaters, personal refrigerators, and aquariums Create a Certified Energy Manager position in Facilities Management to coordinate energy efficiency and conservation programs Update Building Manager Policy (82.33) to include sustainability considerations Reappoint Building Managers who have more time to dedicate to building management and sustainability initiatives, then communicate to campus who the building managers are and what they are responsible for Develop a building scheduling process that prioritizes buildings with sensors Allow EMS Campus permissions to all students, faculty, and staff


Develop a process/checklist for incorporating sustainability elements into all renovations and new construction, including:

Building and Energy Projects

Close offices during holiday breaks and relocate employees to different buildings if they want to work Utilize performance contracting to fund energy efficiency and conservation projects on campus

Work to change UW System policy for payment of energy bills, to allow individual campuses to pay their own energy bills, which would give each campus financial incentive to do energy conservation and efficiency projects Work with Division of Facilities Development (DFD) to change the master specifications for new construction and renovation, to be able to choose architects with LEED credentials and portfolios Partner with architects who have LEED credentials and/or experience Include a specification requesting that architects show that they have done LEED projects or sustainable design projects previously Utilize Focus on Energy (FOE) program for all renovation and new construction projects Implement Administrative Procedure 064 for applying for FOE incentives Go after both custom and prescriptive FOE incentives by working closely with our FOE representative Work closely with our architects to ensure that FOE will be used and make them responsible for the FOE process as our “Trade Ally”

Focus on Energy – both custom and prescriptive incentives

Candidate for LEED certification Phantom power light switches Work rooms for community appliances (e.g., refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers, etc.) Better accessibility of staircases Other LEED/green building components Reducing, reusing, and recycling demolition waste on all projects Occupancy sensors

Implement renewable energy projects when feasible

Green roof

Implement green roofs when feasible

Renewable energy

Replace interior and exterior lighting with LED or other energy efficient lighting fixtures

LED Lighting

Watersense certified faucets, shower heads, toilets, and urinals

Increase presence of motion sensor lights

Renovations and New Construction

Convert all buildings to direct digital controls


Increase variable frequency drives (VFDs) within buildings to reduce energy spikes Add heating, cooling, and water modules to our Lucid Building Dashboard Ensure that Facilities Management is using the Lucid Building Dashboard to help track and evaluate electricity use by building Provide training to Facilities Management for Focus on Energy program Provide training to Facilities Management in energy management and green building practices like LEED Provide training to Facilities Management for the Lucid Building Dashboard Use the MSC Sustainability Kiosk as a touch point for building and energy initiatives Advertise our green building initiatives as part of recruitment process Increase communication of energy and green building practices around campus and energy social norming campaigns

Dual flush toilets

Lighting sensors

Daylight harvesting

Gray water systems

Alternative building materials


Research Events to HVAC software to do universal scheduling that is tied to door locks, lights, and HVAC Surplus and/or recycle building demolition waste during renovations

Market this process to the campus

Implement green cleaning products in Housing and Student Center

Provide sustainability training to Building Managers

Develop a green office certification program with dedicated sustainability ambassadors in each office



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