Sustaining by Reducing
Facilities Services looks for ways to avoid or reduce waste of materials, equipment, and other resources in its own operations and across the campus community. Here are a few examples:
- Facilities Services actively conserves water.
- Under the UTakeCharge initiative in 2008-2009, more than 6,500 water fixtures on the main and J. J. Pickle Research campuses were repaired or replaced for anticipated savings of 140 million gallons per year.
- Under the UTakeCharge initiative, approximately 200,000 lighting fixtures on the main and J. J. Pickle Research campuses were upgraded for expected savings of more than 26 megawatt hours per year.
- Energy projects within the UTakeCharge initiative also included repairing or replacing 185 steam traps to gain maximum energy use from the steam before it condenses into water.
- Facilities Maintenance Instrumentation and Controls (I&C) converts campus buildings to state-of-the-art Direct Digital Control and fine-tunes building control systems to save energy, control costs, and improve efficiency.
- Zone Maintenance has improved air conditioning maintenance for more efficient pump and fan power transmission and increased transfer efficiency between coils and air supply—all of which lead to energy savings.
Facilities Services is conservative in its use of space, equipment, and supplies. Here are just a few examples:
- At Surplus Property, we collect and store surplus furniture (desks, chairs, tables, etc.) and equipment (computers, laboratory equipment, etc.); deliver surplus to departments upon request; and supply chairs, tables, desk-top podiums and portable chalkboards for UT Austin classroom use.
- Facilities Services shrank costs and waste by reprogramming copiers to default to black and white and by reducing the number of copiers and printers throughout the department.
- Custodial Services limits chemicals to pre-measured packets to lessen excess packaging, storage, and waste.
- Read about the fuel conserving vehicles that Facilities Services is purchasing and using.
- To promote clean air, Facilities Services encourages minimizing vehicle idle time.
- Landscape Services is pioneering the use of propane-powered mowers.
Facilities Services seeks to avoid the costs and inefficiencies of hiring and training new employees and of employee absences due to workplace injuries by retaining qualified staff. Retention efforts include emphasizing safety, including regularly scheduled training and special events.