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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.58
Liaison Mary Ellen Mallia
Submission Date Jan. 15, 2016
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STARS v2.0

University at Albany
OP-3: Building Operations and Maintenance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.50 / 4.00 Mary Ellen Mallia
Director of Environmental Sustainability
Finance and Business
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Does the institution have any building space certified under the following green building rating systems for existing buildings?:
Yes or No
LEED for Existing Buildings or another 4-tier rating system used by an Established Green Building Council (GBC) No
The DGNB system, Green Star Performance, or another 3-tier GBC rating system No
BREEAM-In Use, CASBEE for Existing Building, or another 5-tier GBC rating system No
Other non-GBC rating systems (e.g. BOMA BESt, Green Globes) No

A brief description of the green building rating system(s) used and/or a list or sample of certified buildings and ratings:
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Total floor area of eligible building space (operations and maintenance):
5,806,849 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that is certified at each level under a 4-tier rating system for existing buildings used by an Established Green Building Council::
Certified Floor Area
Minimum Level (e.g. LEED Certified) ---
3rd Highest Level (e.g. LEED Silver) ---
2nd Highest Level (e.g. LEED Gold) ---
Highest Achievable Level (e.g. LEED Platinum) ---

Floor area of building space that is certified at each level under a 3-tier rating system for existing buildings used by an Established Green Building Council::
Certified Floor Area
Minimum Level ---
Mid-Level ---
Highest Achievable Level ---

Floor area of building space that is certified at each level under a 5-tier rating system for existing buildings used by an Established Green Building Council::
Certified Floor Area
Minimum Level ---
4th Highest Level ---
Mid-Level ---
2nd Highest Level ---
Highest Achievable Level ---

Floor area of building space that is certified at any level under other green building rating systems for existing buildings:
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Floor area of building space that is maintained in accordance with formally adopted sustainable building operations and maintenance guidelines or policies, but NOT certified:
5,806,849 Square Feet

A copy of the sustainable building operations and maintenance guidelines or policies:
The date the guidelines or policies were formally adopted:
July 12, 2010

A brief description of the sustainable building operations and maintenance program and/or a list or sample of buildings covered:

A high performance building guideline was developed by Facilities Management under the direction of their Associate VP and Energy Officer. This document was approved by the President and was updated in November 2010. In addition the university developed sustainability guidelines in 2009. These are available at: http://www.albany.edu/gogreen/1.guiding_principles.shtml
There are several policies associated with operations and maintenance including a green cleaning, heating and cooling temperatures, intersession operations and indoor air quality. Links to formal policies:
Heating and Cooling temperature set points:http://www.albany.edu/gogreen/files/documents/Buildings%20and%20Operations/TempSetPointPolicy.pdf
Intersession operation:http://www.albany.edu/facilities/intersessionenergy/
Indoor air quality: http://www.albany.edu/gogreen/files/documents/IAQ%20Plan.pdf
Green Cleaning:http://www.albany.edu/facilities/uaGreenCleaning.html
Green Guard certification info:
http://www.albany.edu/facilities/awards.html
http://www.albany.edu/facilities/documents/awards/suny_albany_HHPC.pdf
A copy of the internal recycling guidelines for staff (not available on the web) can be provided upon review.


A brief description of how the institution ensures compliance with sustainable building operation and maintenance guidelines and policies:

The Energy Office oversees the major building construction and renovation projects and aligns them with the building guidelines. In addition the energy officer is in charge of overseeing building operation in terms of heating, water and electricity usage and ensuring sustainable practices. Grounds and Janitorial services work in conjunction to implement our waste and recycling processes. A guideline document has been made for this staff. The head janitor conducts training and the office of sustainability has made presentations to grounds staff to discuss recycling and waste procedures and concerns. Janitorial services also sought out and received a Green Guard certification which not only ensures the purchase of green cleaners and supplies (such as microfiber cloths) but also requires a training and educational program.


The website URL where information about the institution’s certified buildings and/or sustainable operations and maintenance guidelines or policies is available:

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.