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CFS Sustainability Initiatives

Campus Facility Services (CFS) has been implementing sustainable initiatives in each of its major work areas. These initiatives help ensure the long-term viability of IUPUI and reduce the impact of its operations. To see a specific work area, please select it from the list or scroll down. For each work area, sustainable actions or procedures are shown along with their corresponding sustainable impact.

 

BUSINESS AFFAIRS
ACTION
IMPACT
Utilize electronic document formats -minimize printing and manual filing. Reduces amount of paper and creates greater efficiency
Minimize space and furniture required for storing documentation Reduces amount of paper and creates greater efficiency
Sustainabiity questionaire included with all RFPs Requires answers to questions related to environmental issues, packaging, transportation, safety, and documentation of products an/or services

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BUILDING SERVICES
ACTION
IMPACT
Use Johnson's Stride 'Neutral' cleaner Reduces harmful chemicals
Use Johnson's Crew #44 soap scum and scale remover Reduces harmful chemicals
Use Spartan Consume bio-bowl cleaner Reduces harmful chemicals
Use Pro-Team back pack with HEPA filters and bags Increases efficiency of cleaning and improves indoor air quality
Recycling stations Offers opportunity to reduce waste sent to landfill
Pest Control Integrated Approach on a Building-by-Building basis Reduces use of harmful chemicals by natural pest control methods
Consideration of using recycled products for floor matting Reduces waste sent to landfill
Implementing Green Cleaning Principles on campus through the following:  
A. Utilize Green Seal Certified or environmentally friendly chemicals Reduces harmful chemicals
B. Utilize microfiber cleaning cloths and mops Reduces waste sent to landfill
C. Utilize energy efficient equipment Reduces carbon footprint
D. Utilize HEPA filter vacuum cleaners Improves indoor air quality
Auditing of plastic trash can liners in Campus Center Will allow for reduction in quantity of plastic liners used
Utilizing a paper product derived from Agricultural Byproducts Reduces use of wood-based paper products

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Construction Management
ACTION
IMPACT
Recycling carpet scraps from new carpet installations Reduces waste sent to landfill
Recycling old fluorescent lamps and ballasts Reduces waste and harmful chemicals sent to landfill
E-mailing plans via PDF files instead of printing on paper Reduces amount of paper and creates greater efficiency
Recycling of scrap metal and stone on demolitions Reduces waste sent to landfill
Would like to - have more influence on design specifications, i.e. paint Reduce amount of volatile organic compounds and improve indoor air quality
Would like to - recycle more demolition materials Reduces waste sent to landfill

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ENERGY MANAGEMENT
ACTION
IMPACT
Installation of occupancy sensors in campus building restrooms Reduces carbon footprint by turning off lights in spaces not in use
Qualified Energy Savings Project (QESP) phase one: MRLB, Clinical, ET, BS Reduces carbon footprint by implementing energy savings measures in areas of lighting, air conditioning, heating, and water
Estimated completion - Phase I - 3/31/2013
Recommissioning of building mechanical systems Improves indoor air quality and reduces carbon footprint by investigating energy using systems
Installation of campus building utility meters Allows for management of utility usage
Ongoing replacement of building system components through CFS projects such as pumps, air handlers, constant air volume boxes which are more energy efficient Reduce carbon footprint and improves comfort for occupants
Installation of variable frequency drives on motor and pumps Reduces carbon footprint and future maintenance costs by limiting equipment use to meet minimum code requirements when demand is less
Implemented a steam trap testing program Reduces steam usage and carbon footprint
Partner with "Green Teams" in campus buildings to offer input and advice Builds momentum and synergy toward sustainable solutions
Eliminated nearly all inefficient, magnetic light fixture ballasts and replaced with electronic ballasts Reduces energy use and the carbon footprint
Instituted set points for HVAC for each season prior to any campus sustainability committees being formed Reduces energy use and the carbon footprint
Partnered with UAO to specify and require energy efficient lighting using motion sensors to reduce energy use in parking garages Reduces energy use and the carbon footprint
Work with customers and UAO on water bottle dispenser retrofits Reduces plastics used
Participate in campus panels on energy/sustainability Builds momentum and synergy toward sustainable solutions.
Participate with the UAO on LEED Certification on capital projects Reduce carbon footprint compared to non-LEED buildings
Partnering with Food Services to install vending misers to minimize electrical use on Coke machines Reduces energy used and the carbon footprint
Developed campus energy policy for possible implementation After implementation this has potential to reduce energy use and carbon footprint

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GROUNDS
ACTION
IMPACT
Knozone Action Day policy Stop trimming and mowing when Indianapolis declares that ozone levels are excessive
Lawn irrigation water use reductions from implementing smart systems utilizing weather stations and moisture monitors Conserves water by reducing irrigation and making systems more efficient
Phosphate-free turf fertilizer Eliminates harmful chemicals from storm water runoff
Blow sidewalks and other hard surfaces when applying granular fertilizer Reduces waste and reduces chemicals in storm water runoff
Integrated pest management Uses several natural methods at eliminating pests and weeds in order to reduce the use of chemicals
Send landscape waste to Rays to be composted Eliminates sending yard and landscape wastes to landfill
Mow at 3.5" and mulch Taller grass helps reduce weeds and mulch is a natural fertilizer
Switching power equipment from 2 cycle to 4 cycle and recycling of used oil Reduces pollution by using more efficient equipment and reduces carbon footprint
Will begin metering of snow melt product during application Reduces waste of product
Biodiesel used as fuel where appropriate Biodeiesel is a renewable fuel and reduces use of fossil fuels
Pretreating streets, sidewalks, and parking lots with salt brine mix to reduce use of salt Pretreatment allows for less salt to be used to melt ice and snow
Switching to safer biodegradable pesticides Reduces harmful chemical applications
Using application equipment that lessens drift and reduces water usage Reduces waste and possible indoor air quality concerns
Converting from bluegrass and rye grasses to turf type fescues Lowers water, pesticide, and fertilizer use
Will develop sustainable landscape standards with University Architect's office Will reduce turf-type landscape and increase native landscapes that require less irrigation and maintenance
In process of obtaining Tree Campus USA certification Recognition of trees planted and maintained on campus
Use of collected rainwater for irrigation Reduces potable water use

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HUMAN RESOURCES
ACTION
IMPACT
Use of technology to replace paper based systems: TIME, direct deposit, background check Reduces amount of paper and creates greater efficiency
Employee self-service tools: benefits, change of address Reduces amount of paper and creates greater efficiency
Online application option for new hires Reduces amount of paper and creates greater efficiency
Online training modules, schedules, and sign in sheets Reduces amount of paper and creates greater efficiency
IUPUI's work life balance procedures such as the 'working from home' option or even 'telecommuting' Reduces use of fossil fuels
Online policy manuals Reduces amount of paper and creates greater efficiency

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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
ACTION
IMPACT
CFS computer systems being ordered with 88% efficient power supplies Reduces carbon footprint
Work with John Kamman to meter current computer usage against new system usage
CFS computer systems enabled with power management settings Reduces carbon footprint
Pending testing, schedule for Summer 2010
Replacement of CFS copiers with scan to e-mail functionality Reduces amount of paper and creates greater efficiency
To begin December 2010. Initiative should consist of lease cost savings, less energy usage, increase user efficiency and decrease paper usage.

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PARKING AND TRANSPORATION SERVICES
ACTION
IMPACT
Replacing 150 watt high pressure sodium light fixtures with 100 watt induction fixtures Reduces carbon footprint by using less electricity for same light production
Increasing the amount of shuttle routes across campus Reduces carbon footprint by reducing number of trips made by vehicles
Replacing older vehicles with more fuel efficient vehicles and electric vehicles where appropriate Reduces carbon footprint

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UTILITIES
ACTION
IMPACT
Maintaining power factor above 95% Improves efficiency of electrical equipment and reduces electrical utiltiy costs to the campus significantly
Efficient outside lighting on over 25% of campus with more planned in the future Reduces carbon footprint and energy use
Changed campus design standard for outside lighting fixtures to direct light downward compared to all directions. Reduces light pollution
Storm drain marking Creates awareness regarding storm water runoff
Operation and maintenance of storm water infrastructure, including quality units (SQU's) or (BMP's) Reduces harmful storm water runoff through data collection and proper management of runoff
Installation and maintenance of utility metering Allows for measuring and management of utility usage
Implemented remote metering Allows for trending of data, quicker response during outages and helps identify energy saving opportunities
Collection and storage of rainwater as a resource for irrigation Reduces storm water runoff and potable water use
Purchase a portion of campus electrical load produced through renewable sources such as wind Reduces carbon footprint

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