College Planning & Management

FEB 2013

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Facilities PHOTOS © JIM STEINKAMP, STEINKAMP PHOTOGRAPHY C AMPUS SPACES It's Payback Time You've invested in green technology for lots of reasons, one of which is a fnancial payback. How long before you reap that beneft? And how long is too long? BY AM Y MIL SHTEIN B EING ENERGY EFFICIENT has a lot going for it. Students and faculty appreciate the comfortable environments. Staff members enjoy maintaining and servicing an intelligently controlled building. And everyone can feel good about contributing to a healthy, green future. But at what cost? There is plenty of whizz-bang technology that looks great… until you crunch the numbers. Is a 20-year return on investment too long to wait? Or is the alternative too expensive? "There has to be a hierarchy of needs," 20 says Mike DeNamur, vice president, marketing and sales, Automated Logic Corporation. "Some schools are in 'food and shelter' mode with lots of other maintenance issues taking priority, while others have made a focused commitment to energy efficient projects." His colleague, Bill Harris, general manager, Automated Logic Corporation Massachusetts, agrees. "So many public schools have an enormous pool of deferred maintenance projects backed up that they can't even think about this," he says. "Others may be weighing COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / FEBRUARY 2013 what kind of facility to build: something with all of the latest green features or a fantastic new science building that will attract top talent and grants." The conundrum reveals itself further when looking at the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC, While there are around 4,000 institutions of higher learning in the U.S., to date only 665 have signed on to this commitment to become carbon neutral. But the ACUPCC realizes the importance of WWW.PLANNING 4EDUCATION.COM

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