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APPA’s Sustainability Award Winner American University Showcases Its Award Submission Presenters: Emily Curley and Christina Hills March 4, 2014 Smart and Sustainable Campus Conference. About APPA.

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    1. APPA’s Sustainability Award Winner American University Showcases Its Award Submission Presenters: Emily Curley and Christina Hills March 4, 2014 Smart and Sustainable Campus Conference

    2. About APPA With one eye on providing excellence in today’s educational environment, and one always trained on adapting, enhancing, and transforming the facilities of the future, APPA seeks to create positive impact in educational facilities on three important levels: APPA transforms individual facilities professionals into higher performing managers and leaders, which… Helps transform member institutions into more inviting and supportive learning environments, which… Elevates the recognition and value of educational facilities and their direct impact on the recruitment and retention of students, faculty and staff. 2

    3. What do we offer? • Professional development, education/training, and national credentialing • A knowledge bank of research, best practices, creative solutions, industry guidelines and focused publications • An international network of professionals and colleagues including regional, state and local chapters • Career assistance through Job Express and Resume Bank • National awards and recognition program specifically for educational facilities

    4. APPA’s Awards Program • Institutional • Award for Facilities Excellence • Effective & Innovative Practices Award • Sustainability Award • Individual • President’s Award • Pacesetter Award • Meritorious Award • Rex Dillow Award • Fellow Award

    5. APPA’s Sustainability Award • APPA is committed to supporting its members’ ability to create and maintain sustainable campus environments. • APPA's Sustainability Award in Facilities Management is designed to recognize and advance sustainability excellence in educational facilities. • This is APPA's newest award and is reflective of APPA's "Sustainability Statement“ • This award recognizes the facilities management department that has integrated sustainable policies and "green" practices throughout all facets of the organization and embedded them within the educational institution.

    6. Sustainability Award Criteria • Educational Curriculum and Research (100 pts) • Leadership and Administration (200 pts) • Maintenance and Operations (200 pts) • Energy and Utilities (200 pts) • Planning and Construction (200 pts) • Sustainability Indicators (100 pts) • Sustainability Innovations (extra pts)

    7. Past Recipients of the Sustainability Award • 2013Duke University Oberlin College Philadelphia University University of Colorado, Boulder University of Iowa • 2012American UniversityEmory UniversityUniversity of British Columbia University of California, IrvineUniversity of Prince Edward Island

    8. American University Greening the American Dream Emily Curley Smart & Sustainable Campuses Conference

    9. About AU • Founded 1893 by Methodist Bishop John Fletcher Hurst • Private, coeducational, liberal arts curriculum, doctoral institutionEnrollment: 13,262, Undergraduate: 6,952, Graduate: 3,709, Law: 1,771, Other 830 • Students come from 140 countries and all 50 states • 81 percent of undergraduates participate in an internship59 percent of students study abroad (more than 100 AU Abroad programs) • Full-time faculty 790, Full-time staff 1,545 • 54 buildings • 3.8 million gross square feet

    10. AU Facilities Management

    11. AU Sustainability

    12. APPA Sustainability Award Educational Curriculum & Research Leadership & Administration Maintenance & Operations Energy & Utility Planning & Construction Sustainability Indicators Other Considerations/Innovation

    13. Tips for Completing • Use STARS as a basis, if available • Summarize and cite specific statistics, link to details • New 5 page limit (ours was 20+) • Might be a good time to update your website too! • Opportunity for Facilities staff to reach out to academic/sustainability/other offices

    14. Curriculum & Research: In the Classroom • Almost 1 out of 5 courses taught in 2012 were focused on or related to sustainability. • 115 faculty members at American University, just over 25% of the total number of faculty involved in research, are undertaking sustainability research • Faculty can earn a Green Teaching Certificate for committing to a range of greener activities in the classroom

    15. Curriculum & Research: Outside the Classroom • AU’s Sustainability Fund gives mini-grants to support on campus research and projects, such as the community garden, bike repair stations, and a campus apiary.

    16. Outside the Classroom • Resident students are hired as Green Eagles to educate their peers about sustainability • Sustainability Interns work with offices to help staff implement green practices.

    17. Leadership & Administration Mayor’s College and University Sustainability Pledge Signing at AU

    18. AU Sustainability: Vision Strategic Plan Goal #7: “Act on our values through social responsibility and … an active pursuit of sustainability...”

    19. AU Sustainability: Commitments

    20. AU Sustainability: Policies

    21. Maintenance & Operations Grounds AU strives to practice low-impact, low-maintenance, low-resource-use landscaping methods suited to the unique environment of campus • 11 green roofs cover about 6% of AU’s total roof space • AU’s campus is a certified arboretum

    22. Maintenance & Operations Zero Waste Between 2005 and 2010, AU reduced the waste sent to landfill by 33% • Organic waste is collected in buildings across campus and composted along with food from AU’s dining halls, coffee grounds from a student-run coffee shop, paper towels from all bathrooms, and yard waste. • Waste audits confirm that over 90% of waste on campus is divertible.

    23. Maintenance & Operations Transportation AU’s vehicle fleet contains 12 all-electric service vehicles • B20 biodiesel blend used in all AU shuttle buses and other diesel powered equipment • AU’s free campus shuttles have a ridership of almost 2 million trips every year

    24. Energy & Utility Despite adding over half a million square feet between 2005 and 2010, AU was able to reduce energy consumption by 17.7% over the same period. AU is home to DC’s largest solar photovoltaic array: 2,150 individual panels total 500 kW in capacity 174 solar hot water panels make up the largest urban solar thermal system on the East Coast which provides hot showers to more than 2,000 students and hot water to the university’s largest dining hall.

    25. Planning & Construction Green Building Policy sets LEED Gold minimum for new buildings and major renovations. AU is one of three universities in the world using LEED Volume to bulk-certify existing buildings. LEED Volume is for organizations planning to certify 25 or more buildings.

    26. Top Rankings & Awards RecycleMania National Champion Princeton Review Green Honor Roll NWF Certified Wildlife Habitat EPA Green Power Leadership Award Sierra Club “Cool Schools” 2012 APPA Sustainability Award Level II Arboretum Tree Campus USA NEEP 2013 Northeast Business Leaders for Energy Efficiency

    27. Thank you! • sustainability@american.edu • www.american.edu/sustainability • Twitter.com/GreenAU • facebook.com/GreenAU