Sustainability at PMCS
The University of Texas at Austin recognizes the important role that buildings play in creating a more sustainable and vital campus – and that when it comes to sustainability, what starts here changes the world. PMCS plays a key role in supporting the Campus Sustainability Policy, which calls for the university to “evaluate the impact of its construction projects; incorporate green building and design methods; and consider the needs of future generations of the University community... with the goal of minimizing the environmental footprint of the campus.”
PMCS’ strategic goal includes developing “a renovation program which enhances the sustainability of campus facilities in support of the educational, research, and public goals of the university.” PMCS is currently working towards this strategic goal by:
- Incorporating life cycle cost management into the selection of materials and equipment.
- Promoting greater environmental sensitivity in the design and construction of renovation projects for the 15.4 million gross square feet of building space we serve on the university campus.
PMCS aims for enduring and resource efficient performance throughout a building’s entire life cycle – from design to construction, operation, maintenance, renovation and deconstruction.
LEED news: Construction was completed in fall 2010 on our first renovation on campus to receive LEED-CI certification: the William Randolph Hearst Student Media Center for the College of Communications! We achieved Gold certification. Read Daily Texan article (pdf).
- The university has a Web site that is the portal for sustainability information. The sustainability portal is sponsored by the Office of Sustainability, the Provost’s Office, and the President’s Sustainability Steering Committee.
- Use the Green Office Checklist (pdf) developed by the UT Sustainability Network to establish a baseline for your current office practices and set goals for the coming months.
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