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Sustainable Initiatives in Facilities Management

The UI's 2020 Vision outlines seven ambitious sustainability targets. Facilities Management plays an integral role in helping The University of Iowa to meet several of these targets. In addition, Facilities Management is committed to a number of sustainable practices and programs in an effort to do our part in making the UI campus greener.

Our Commitment to Sustainability

  • Biomass Fuels/Zero Coal by 2025
    University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld announced Feb. 20, 2017, that the University of Iowa campus will be coal-free by 2025. The UI Power Plant pioneered a unique and innovative source of biomass fuel-- oat hulls, and is currently investigating and testing a number of other biomass fuels to meet its goal like Miscanthus energy grass, wood chips, and green energy pellets. More...

  • Building Commissioning
    The Building Commissioning Program ensures buildings operate to optimal designed conditions. New buildings will be initially commissioned, and existing buildings will be routinely re-commissioned, in order to minimize energy consumption.

  • Campus Planning
    The University of Iowa's Campus Master Plan provides for increasing academic and research demands while preserving the beauty of the campus physical environment, maintaining the unique identity of the campus, and minimizing any impacts on campus neighbors. More...

  • Campus Trees and Landscape

    Landscape Services oversees the installation of over 300 trees on average per year and is the first university in Iowa to receive Tree Campus USA designation. More...

  • Combined Heat and Power (CHP)
    CHP, also known as co-generation, is an efficient, clean, and reliable approach to generating power and thermal energy from a single fuel source. More...

  • Energy Control Center
    Energy Control Center will serve as a centralized location for the monitoring, analysis, and efficient dispatching of utility systems. More..

  • Energy Conservation and Management
    Facilities Management employs a comprehensive set of Utilities tools to increase efficiency and productivity while reducing costs. More...

  • Energy Hawks
    The UI Energy Hawks identify opportunities for energy efficiency improvements and reducing energy costs in general education funded buildings. More...

  • Green Cleaning
    Facilities Management is committed to evaluating, and using when possible, green-certified and recyclable janitorial materials and supplies. More...

  • Greenhouse Gas Inventory/Carbon Emission Reduction
    The University of Iowa was a member of the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) from 2004 until 2010 when the CCX ended its market based greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) reduction program. The UI made a voluntary but legally binding commitment through CCX to reduce GHG emissions and met or exceeded those requirements. The UI will continue these auditable internal processes and procedures to gather and report information to the EPA.


  • LEED Sustainable Design
    The University of Iowa incorporates green principles in the placement, design and construction of new campus facilities and major renovation projects, maintaining a minimum standard of LEED Silver certification for new construction and major renovations. More...

  • Renewable Energy
    The University of Iowa is a leader in renewal energy strategies and sustainability practices. From biomass fuel alternatives to wind power, Iowa is pioneering the way. More...

  • Recycling & Waste Reduction
    Students, faculty and staff at The University of Iowa actively participate in the comprehensive recycling program on campus which includes paper, cardboard, glass, plastic and aluminum containers, and conscientiously work to reduce the amount of material sent to landfill. More...

  • Sustainable Energy Discovery District (SEDD)
    An area roughly bounded by the UI Madison Street Services Building (MSSB), the University Services Building (USB) and the UI Power Plant. The area engages approximately eight different sustainable energy technologies. More...

  • Vehicle Fleet
    Facilities Management has purchased electric vehicles with a vision to eventually convert more than 50% of Facilities Management’s fleet vehicles. Some departments are currently evaluating electric vehicles for the service fleet. A new solar electric car charging station will provide charging spaces for approximately 20 electric vehicles. More...

 

For additional information related to green practices at The University of Iowa,
please contact the UI Office of Sustainability.