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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.

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Liaison Eric O'Brien
Submission Date March 1, 2013
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University of Northern Iowa
PAE-3: Physical Campus Plan

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University Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution's physical campus plan include sustainability at a high level?:

A brief description of how the physical campus plan or amendment includes sustainability:

A variety of unit plans exist then encompass items typically included in a Physical Campus Plan. Some items include:

Campus Design Guidelines (2012) - http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/fs/projects/design_guidelines.shtml
This document incorporates sustainability into building design, renovation, and construction.

Space Utilization (2009) - https://www.vpaf.uni.edu/fs/documents/SpaceAssignmentPrinciples.pdf
This addresses furniture as well as ensuring that we do not have underutilized spaces on campus.

Energy Efficiency Policy (2009) - http://www.uni.edu/policies/811
This document addresses energy saving measures that have been put in place on campus and assists in creating a healthier indoor environment for the greater university community.

Facilities Services Sustainability (2009) – Requirement from Iowa Board of Regents - http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/energy/docs/CampusSustainabilityBORInitiativePartII.pdf
• LEED Certification: All major projects1 (new buildings and major capital renovations) initiated after April 1, 2009 shall meet or exceed the U.S. Green Building Council's guidelines for silver level LEED certification.
• Design Professional Services Selection: For all major capital projects1 initiated after April 1, 2009, preference shall be given to design professionals with LEED certification experience.
• ASHRAE Energy Standards: All new building and major capital renovation projects that alter mechanical and electrical systems shall exceed the current American Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) 90.1 requirements, which provides minimum requirements for energy efficient design of buildings.
• Energy Efficient Lighting and Lighting Systems: The design of new lighting and lighting control systems shall comply with the latest version of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air Conditioning Engineers/Illumination Engineering Society of North America (ASHRAE/IESNA) 90.1, Energy-Efficient Design of New Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential. The Lighting quality and light uniformity shall comply with Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) Standard, Current Edition.

The year the physical campus plan was developed or adopted:

The website URL where the physical campus plan is available:

UNI does not have a stand alone physical campus plan. Instead a number of unit and regional plans constitute the pieces.

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