FORT COLLINS, CO — A Colorado State University (CSU) study funded by the Governor''s Energy Office shows existing buildings on the CSU campus can be made more sustainable and eco-friendly with the right resources, according to a press release.
The Department of Facilities Management and the Institute for the Built Environment at Colorado State University received a joint $47,525 grant to assess why universities in Colorado are not pursuing Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (EB:OM) certification, the release stated.
The results show that the operations and maintenance staff are dedicated to sustainability and improving building efficiency, and as a result, current CSU practices align with many of the LEED for Existing Buildings requirements, the release noted.
"What is striking about this finding is that the hardest part — cultivating a mentality around sustainability — is already present," said April Wackerman, project manager for the Institute for the Built Environment.
"The challenge for CSU, and most universities, is to implement these policies and practices one building at a time," Wackerman added.
According to the release, the final report identifies the gaps and the opportunities of each of the buildings assessed: The largest issue identified in the report is meeting energy-performance requirements.
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