Sustainability @ CFS

Campus Facility Services recognizes the importance of using our resources wisely and preserving our environment for future generations.

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In order to reduce energy use and the carbon footprint at IUPUI, the campus has instituted set points for heating and cooling. In spring and summer, the cooling set point is 76 degrees. In fall and winter, the heating set point is 70 degrees. If your space is at a temperature that does not fall with these ranges, i.e. warmer than 76 degrees in summer and cooler than 70 degrees in winter, please call the Campus Facility Services Call Center at 278-1900.

IUPUI energy chart by year

Sustainability Initiatives

Our department is in a unique position to have a positive impact both from an energy saving perspective and an environmental impact by the tools we use to maintain the buildings. We continually strive to reduce energy usage and the environmental impact of the IUPUI campus while providing quality facilities for our campus community.

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. 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
Sustainability questionnaire included with all RFPs Requires answers to questions related to environmental issues, packaging, transportation, safety, and documentation of products an/or services
Building Services
Action Impact
Utilize environmentally friendly chemicals Reduces the effect on human health and the environment
Utilize vacuum cleaners and carpet extractors that are certified by the Carpet & Rug Institute Improves indoor air quality, soil removal, and surface appearance
Utilize automatic scrubbers and burnishers that have less than 70dba and are equipped with gel batteries Minimizes noise levels and user fatigue
Utilize microfiber cleaning cloths and mops Reduces chemical usage and reduces cross contamination. Items are laundered and not sent to a landfill
Utilize interior and exterior floor mats Controls the amount of soil that is tracked into a building
Utilize a chemical free floor stripping system Has reduced our usage of harmful floor strippers by 69%
Reduced the amount of 3rd shift work groups where possible Will result in reduced utility costs
Utilize post consumer recycled resin trash liners Made from 80% recycled content
Utilize non-tree based fiber toilet tissue and paper towels Preserves natural forests
Utilize green seal certified hand soaps Reduces human and aquatic toxicity and assists in smog production potential
Construction Management
Action Impact
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 - recycle more demolition materials including ceiling tile and flooring Reduces waste sent to landfill
Energy Management
Action Impact
Installation of occupancy sensors in campus buildings Reduces carbon footprint by turning off lights in spaces not in use
Qualified Energy Savings Project (QESP), MRLB, Clinical, ET, BS Reduces carbon footprint by implementing energy savings measures in areas of lighting, air conditioning, heating, and water
Commissioning program for campus buildings Ensures building systems are running efficiently and identifies potential energy saving improvements leading to reduced carbon footprints
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 with more energy efficient equipment 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
Eliminated nearly all inefficient, magnetic light fixture ballasts and replaced with electronic ballasts Reduces energy use and carbon footprint
Instituted set points for HVAC for each season prior to any campus sustainability committees being formed Reduces energy use and 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 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 UAO on LEED Certification on capital projects Reduce carbon footprint compared to non-LEED buildings
Action Impact
Knozone Action Day policy Stop 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
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
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
Have attained Tree Campus USA certification since 2014 Recognition of trees planted and maintained on campus
Use of collected rainwater for irrigation Reduces potable water use
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
Online policy manuals Reduces amount of paper and creates greater efficiency
Parking & Transportation Services
Action Impact
Complete replacement of 150 watt high pressure sodium light fixtures with 100 watt induction fixtures Reduces carbon footprint by using less electricity for same light production
Utilize Nelson-Nygard TDM study to evaluate and implement mass transit proposals for the campus community Reduces carbon footprint by creating infrastructure enhancements which support alternative SOV transportation options
Implement recycling trash receptacles within parking garages and lots Reduction of landfill waste
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
Purchase a portion of campus electrical load produced through renewable sources such as wind Reduces carbon footprint

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