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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 Platinum
Overall Score 85.51
Liaison Jennifer Andrews
Submission Date July 27, 2017
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STARS v2.1

University of New Hampshire
OP-3: Building Operations and Maintenance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 5.00 Jennifer Andrews
Project Director
Sustainability Institute
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Total floor area of building space:
6,607,433 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that is certified at each level under a green building rating system for the operations and maintenance of existing buildings used by an Established Green Building Council:
Certified Floor Area
LEED O+M Platinum or the highest achievable level under another GBC rating system 0 Square Feet
LEED O+M Gold or the 2nd highest level under another 4- or 5-tier GBC rating system 0 Square Feet
Certified at mid-level under a 3- or 5-tier GBC rating system (e.g. BREEAM-In Use, CASBEE for Existing Buildings, DGNB, Green Star Performance) 0 Square Feet
LEED O+M Silver or at a step above minimum level under another 4 -or 5–tier GBC rating system 0 Square Feet
LEED O+M Certified or certified at minimum level under another GBC rating system 0 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that is certified under a non-GBC rating system for the operations and maintenance of existing buildings, e.g. BOMA BESt, Green Globes CIEB:
0 Square Feet

Percentage of building space certified under a green building rating system for the operations and maintenance of existing buildings:
0

A brief description of the green building rating system(s) used and/or a list or sample of certified buildings and ratings:

UNH does not currently have any buildings certified O&M with any green building council.


Of the institution's uncertified building space, what percentage of floor area is maintained in accordance with a published indoor air quality (IAQ) management policy or protocol? (0-100):
100

A copy of the IAQ management policy or protocol:
The website URL where the IAQ policy/protocol may be found:
Of the institution's uncertified building space, what percentage of floor area is maintained in accordance with a published green cleaning policy, program or contract ? (0-100):
100

A copy or the green cleaning policy:
A brief description of how green cleaning is incorporated into cleaning contracts:

For details on the UNH green cleaning policy, see http://sustainableunh.unh.edu/greencleaning

An example of a previous RFP for janitorial services is attached; the contracts are based on the content in the RFP, which includes UNH's sustainability statement, use of "green cleaning" supplies and adherence to waste and recycling programs. In addition, as part of the contracts, sustainability criteria is part of the rubric of the quarterly building evaluations on which contractor performance is scored, as is compliance with the green cleaning policy below:

"Through the use of greener products, more effective cleaners, and precise dispenser systems, UNH seeks to reduce the amount of chemicals use to clean UNH facilities and to provide UNH faculty, staff and students with a healthier, less toxic environment.
Product evaluations shall be conducted using a life-cycle approach to ensure that all significant environmental impacts of a product are considered, from raw materials extraction through manufacturing to use and disposal.

Employees and contractors must be trained in UNH's new zero-waste goals, "green" operational strategies and single-stream recycling policies; adherence is mandatory.

New product and green cleaning training can happen at various times of the year when a new product is introduced by the vendor, or when new information needs to be disseminated to keep staff updated and informed."


Of the institution's uncertified building space, what percentage of floor area is maintained in accordance with an energy management or benchmarking program? (0-100):
100

A brief description of the energy management or benchmarking program:

UNHs buildings are extensively sub-metered and connected to an online energy dashboard. Conservative set points, aggressive space utilization and optimization policies, and consistent outreach to building occupants about energy conservation and efficiency practices is undertaken as a matter of course.

To see our campus energy dashboard, go to http://energy.sr.unh.edu/graph/
For more information about the energy conservation and efficiency measures stewarded by the Energy Task Force, see http://sustainableunh.unh.edu/etf


Of the institution's uncertified building space, what percentage of floor area is maintained in accordance with a water management or benchmarking program? (0-100):
100

A brief description of the water management or benchmarking program:

The same comprehensive benchmarking and performance monitoring system that is used to track and manage campus energy usage is also used for water benchmarking and management. We have our buildings metered, and regularly run two types of reports—Variance and Key Performance Indicators (KPI)—to identify issues and opportunities for improvement.

Variance reports are run every month, and are used to track variations in usage. The variance reports compare the current consumption to the previous month, the same month of the previous year, and the average monthly consumption for the previous year. If there is variance above a determined threshold, campus personnel first check the relevant meter reading to ensure it is accurate. If the reading is correct, staff investigate the change in consumption at the building level and identify and implement any needed repairs/adjustments/improvements. (For a sample variance report, see the PDF attached in the “optional documentation” section below.)

KPI reports are used to look for overall trends in consumption and also to compare consumption for similar building types. The “per sqft” comparison and facility ranking allows us to easily identify buildings that are underperforming, and to target those as we undertake planning, capital improvements, and the like.

Data is available not only to Facilities staff, but also to students, faculty and the entire UNH community through the UNH building Dashboard. http://energy.sr.unh.edu/graph/index.html

The dashboard is a tool for transparency, engagement and education that allows anyone who is interested to see current and historical water (as well as energy) consumption data—in terms of both gallons and the financial cost—in every building, by building type (i.e. Residential vs Academic/Administrative), and for the campus as a whole.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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.