Meeting Notes

2018

June 6, 2018

Present: A. Consoli (D&C), R. Cook (SOM), S. Deck (EHS), M. Drymala (Facilities Operations), A. Hall (Staff Senate), J. Hanna (SSW), M. Krone (Design and Construction), J. Kucskar (President’s Office), A. Likowski (Communications), T. Morse (Facilities and Operations), S. Shipp (Facilities Operations), G. Viola (Facilities Operations), V. Hollamon (Facilities Maintenance and Housekeeping), 

Committee Reports 

Transportation and Teleworking: Tony Green, Chair 

  • The installation and upgrade of EV charging stations in the Penn St., Lexington and Plaza garages are all complete.
  • The study of parking services is continuing on schedule. The next progress meeting with the Parking Consultant will be on June 19. 

Education and Awareness:  Alex Likowski, Chair 

No update. 

Operations: Vassie Hollamon, Chair 

  • All of the outdoor Poulson lights have been upgraded with LED lighting. There is a noticeable improvement in lighting levels. UMB has taken over the maintenance of the lighting at the stairs on Pine St. and Lexington St. New light poles and lighting have been installed. The next step will be to upgrade the wall mounted outdoor lighting.
  • Recycling has been restored at Pascault Row now that the parking lot construction is complete.
  • Facilities Maintenance has steam cleaned the heating and cooling coils in the air handling units in BRB. Using steam in lieu of other, harsher cleaning chemicals is more environmentally friendly. This effort will result in a significant reduction in energy consumption, equaling approximately $100,000 per year in energy savings. This effort will continue in all buildings. Other changes in the operation of the air handling units will contribute more savings.
  • Portions of the sidewalks were removed behind Pascault Row and replaced with landscaping. This reduced approximately 50% of the hard, impervious surfaces in that area.

 Design and Construction: Anthony Consoli, Chair 

  • UMB continues to integrate landscaping and reduce paved surfaces throughout the campus.
  • UMB is installing meadow plantings on campus, such as along the walkway at Arch St.
  • In the design of the north electrical substation an agreement was reached with Veolia whereby they agreed that they will not expand their current building to the north. With this agreement the design of the north electrical substation can include windows on the east exposure, creating a more attractive façade and providing for natural daylighting in the building.
  • Design and Construction has installed a 20’ long green wall in their new space in the 6th floor of the Administration Building at 620 Lexington St. 

Old Business: 

  • The solicitation to bring in an energy services contractor (ESCO) is in SSAS, and will be put out for bid soon.
  • There will be a one hour test of the Demand Response program on Tuesday, June 26.
  • Work is ongoing with the Green Office project. 

New Business: 

  • Parking and Transportation Services has instituted online processes for new student parking registration and employee daily parking renewal. This results in paperless processes.
  • A recommendation was made that all departments should institute double sided printing as the default setting on all printers and copiers on campus.
  • A recommendation was made that all departments should purchase paper for copiers and printers that contains 100% post-consumer waste.
  • A recommendation was made that all departments should purchase paper cups instead of Styrofoam cups.
  • It was agreed that the next meeting of the Campus Sustainability Steering Committee will be in the new office of Design and Construction so that members can tour the floor. 

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 11:00am in Conference Room 6151 on the 6th floor of the Administration Building, 620 Lexington St.

UMB Incineration Presentation

April 4, 2018

Present: J. Ciotta (UMMC), R. Cook (SOM), J. Courneya (Academic Affairs), B. Crockett (Academic Affairs), S. Deck (EHS), R. Gilden (SON), T. Green (PTS), J. Hanna (SSW), M. Hohing (SOL), M. Krone (D&C), A. Likowski (Communications), T. Morse (Facilities and Operations), L. Mowbray (RE, Plng, Space Mngt), B. Taylor (Facilities and Operations), G. Viola (Facilities Operations) 

Committee Reports 

Transportation and Teleworking: Tony Green, Chair 

Starting at the end of April 2018, the last of the 2000 series electric stations will be upgraded and a new unit will be installed at the Penn Garage and the Lexington Student Garage. These additions will bring the total stations to 18 with 36 charging stations. While there continues to be some concerns with people parking all day in a charging space, this has not been a persistent problem yet. The Parking Office will continue to monitor the issue and create a plan of action to minimize any impact on parkers being able to access the charging stations. 

A parking consultant has been hired and a kick off meeting is scheduled over the next week or so to get the project initiated.  Consultants will assess all aspects of the parking program including shuttle service, technology, charging stations, as well as identifying state of the art/best practices for parking services. This year-long study will provide PTS with some recommendations on improvement/enhancement to the program.

 Education and Awareness:  Alex Likowski, Chair 

Messaging for campus sustainability is currently being shown via campus eboards as well as the Elm. Any comments or additions can be submitted to Alex Likowski. 

Operations: Vassie Hollamon, Chair 

Mixed paper/cardboard recycle numbers should begin to rise now that the recycle program has been reinstated. Composting will begin again by the end of summer. As a reminder, once the bailor/shredder has been sold, UMB will no longer be in the paper shredding business. 

Design and Construction: Anthony Consoli, Chair 

Work on developing an update of the 2011 Climate Action Plan (CAP) continues. The group is reviewing the plans created by other institutions such as UMCP and GW as inspiration for what UMB’s plan could entail. A color-coded spreadsheet with possible items to include in the UMB plan was sent to the committee for input.

Other Business: 

Currently a scope is in Procurement to work with ESCO to do projects that would upgrade efficiencies and provide energy conservation programming. ESCO will have its own engineers and architects to view campus buildings within the scope, identify opportunities to save money through charges, identify costs and predict results of energy savings. Once the assessment is concluded, the University will have the opportunity to decide on the direction it would take. In essence, ESCO does the work and will verify savings. The campus can either use a third-party funding source or have ESCO pay for the work for a fee. This would be a long-term project. 

At a previous meeting, Terry Morse asked the committee to consider the idea of endorsing the efforts of pursuing a legislative change in recycling wording to include the conversion of waste to energy. A subcommittee was formed to conduct research on incineration and its impact on the health of the University community and its neighbors. The report will be presented to the committee at a future meeting. 

Mark Drymala, Steve Shipp, and Anna Borgerding is working with Alex Likowski on the development of a green office project. A kick-off meeting with SON is being coordinated. The purpose of the green office is to demystify the process of creating a green office and to encourage people to consider creating a green office. 

UMMC is celebrating Earth Day with a clean-up at James McHenry Elementary School on April 19, 2018. For additional information, please email sustainability@umm.edu

The SON will host Joe's Bike Shop on 4/18/2018 from 11am – 2pm in the SON Courtyard. In addition, the SON will also host an office swap in the lobby of the SON. Everyone is asked to bring still good but not needed office supplies and everyone is welcome to bring and take what they need. 

The Student Counseling Center is scheduled to move back to the Campus Center and are looking to include sustainable options into the construction. 

The next meeting will be held on May 2, 2018 at 11:00am in GR-001 of the Saratoga Building.

 

March 7, 2018

Present: Kimberly Kai (SOP), J. Ciotta (UMMC), A. Consoli (D&C), P. Crowe (SOP), M. Drymala (Facilities Operations), A. Hall (Staff Senate), J. Hanna (SSW), M. Hohing (SOL), M. Krone (D&C), T. Morse (Facilities and Operations), J. Phillips (SOD), S. Shipp (Facilities Operations), B. Taylor (Facilities and Operations), G. Viola (OM Administration)

Committee Reports 

Transportation and Teleworking: Tony Green, Chair – No Report 

Education and Awareness:  Alex Likowski, Chair – No Report 

Operations: Vassie Hollamon, Chair 

The recycle rate fell from 26% down to 13% as a direct result of the program shutdown from March 2017 – February 2018. The numbers should increase once the program is fully functioning. 

To date, 40 trees on campus have been replaced due to them being either missing or dead. All of the trees on the south side of Lombard Street at the curbside of the SON, the HS/HSL, and the Campus Center, are in poor and declining condition. They will need to be removed and replaced with new trees.  Sixteen smaller trees will replace the decayed trees; four larger silver maple trees will be planted along the side of the HS/HSL Library for a total of 20 replaced trees.

 Demolition of the Recycle Building is scheduled to begin between December 2018 and early January 2019.  Plans are moving forward to sell the shredder/bailor which will alter the recycle program as the program will no longer be in the paper shredding business. FM will work with Procurement to determine contract services for document shredding for those on campus seeking this service. 

The current campus contract for trash cleanup and to empty trashcans on campus has been discontinued as Brookway is no longer available to provide service to the campus. A temporary contract has been initiated to continue these services until a contract with a new company is in place. 

Design and Construction: Anthony Consoli, Chair 

As a reminder, an environmental conference, sponsored by the B-cause group of which UMB is a member, is scheduled for April 4, 2018 at Towson University. The event is open to staff and students. To register to attend, visit www.towson.edu/environmentalconference.

Work on developing an update of the 2011 Climate Action Plan (CAP) continues. The group is reviewing the plans created by other institutions such as UMCP and GW as inspiration for what UMB’s plan could entail. A color-coded spreadsheet with possible items to include in the UMB plan will be sent to the committee for input.

This group is also looking at Design and Construction projects from a sustainability point of view that would include mechanical projects and electrical related improvements to determine if the projects are attempting to design to LEED features. This review of current and future projects will also look for resilience features, such as an urban heat island effect or converting paving (sidewalks) back to green spaces. 

Other Business: 

Currently a scope is in Procurement to work with ESCO to do projects that would upgrade efficiencies and provide energy conservation programming. ESCO will have its own engineers and architects to view campus buildings within the scope, identify opportunities to save money through charges, identify costs and predict results of energy savings. Once the assessment is concluded, the University will have the opportunity to decide on the direction it would take. In essence, ESCO does the work and will verify savings. The campus can either use a third-party funding source or have ESCO pay for the work for a fee. This would be a long-term project. 

At a previous meeting, Terry Morse asked the committee to consider the idea of endorsing the efforts of pursuing a legislative change in recycling wording to include the conversion of waste to energy. A subcommittee was formed to conduct research on incineration and its impact on the health of the University community and its neighbors. The report will be presented to the committee at its April 4, 2018 meeting. 

Resiliency on campus includes a paving project at the Koester’s Lot that will provide a safer route for pedestrians who currently walk through the lot. The Signage Group is looking at permeable paving alternatives to use on secondary walkways such as the Koester’s Lot pathway. 

Earth Hour 2018 is scheduled for March 24, 2018. The committee was asked to endorse and/or participate in this event where for one hour (8:30-9:30pm), all unnecessary lights on campus would be turned off. Members of the committee noted that since this date fell on the weekend where there is very little foot traffic anyway, most unnecessary lighting would be turned off already. The committee would support turning off lights if any school/unit is interested in having that done. 

Mark Drymala, Steve Shipp, and Anna Borgerding is working with Alex Likowski on the development of a green office project. 

The SOL is working with CITS to move servers; the emptied space will be repurposed. 

UMMC is celebrating World Water Day on Thursday, March 22, 2018 from 1-2pm. A speaker coming from the National Aquarium will present on water conservation and habitat restoration. The presentation will be in the shock trauma conference room, T1R14 (1st floor Trauma Building across from the Medical Center Auditorium). If interested in attending, please RSVP to sustainability@umm.edu by March 16, 2018. Light refreshments will be served. 

Kimber Cai noted that students in the SOP are working on an outreach event scheduled for April 2018.

The next meeting will be held on April 4, 2018 at 11:00am in GR-001 of the Saratoga Building.

Feb. 7, 2018

Present: A. Borgerding (OAA), Kimberly Kai (SOP), A. Consoli (D&C), B. Crockett (OAA), M. Drymala (Facilities Operations), T. Green (Parking), J. Hanna (SSW), V. Hollamon (Facilities Operations), M. Krone (D&C), A. Likowski (Communications), T. Morse (Facilities and Operations),  Luke Mowbray (Capital Planning), B. Taylor (Facilities and Operations), G. Viola (OM Administration) 

Committee Reports 

Transportation and Teleworking: Tony Green, Chair 

The charging station upgrades have been completed, the last upgrade was in the Plaza Garage, which now features continuous charging for 3-4 hours and has 240 amp plugs on each unit. The program currently has 16 units and there is an upgrade of some of the machines every fiscal year. 

Active communications with UMCP are underway to discuss how best to coordinate shuttle services when the UMB campus experiences a delay in opening. The goal of leadership at UMB is to make the call to delay opening is generally made by 4:30am to accommodate shuttle services and shift change processes. A plan of action will also need to be developed to handle shuttle services when the campus closes early as this decision directly impacts shuttles that need to return to College Park. 

Education and Awareness:  Alex Likowski, Chair 

The SON Dean has agreed to allow the school to be the subject of a Green Office video which means that SON will be a test case on what a commitment to being green means. The Communications Office will shoot and edit the video. Currently, UMCP has a robust green office program. Once the video has been created, a decision will need to be made on how best to advertise it and what website will host the video. 

Operations: Vassie Hollamon, Chair 

In October 2018, demolition of the Recycle Building will underway; however, the impact of that loss will be felt as early as July or August. Discussions are underway to determine how to continue the recycle program during the demolition/construction process that will last approximately 18 months. Paper, cardboard, and animal bedding recycling will be discontinued during this time. The outdated shredder and bailer will be sold. The Recycle Program no longer accepts computer equipment; requests for removal of computer equipment will need to go through Larry Butler in Procurement. A public announcement will need to be sent to the campus advising of this new recycle change. Alex Likowski will speak with Larry Butler to get the specific information to alert the campus. 

Efforts to improve lighting around campus is underway. Tree canopies are starting to grow and block lighting which will require trees to be trimmed up as a first step in improving lighting. A landscape contractor will elevate branches by the end of February; 220 Arch Street and 108 N. Greene Street is currently being retrofitted with new lighting. The campus will coordinate with the City to repair or replace outages; following repair, an assessment will be conducted to identify any dark areas on the campus. Currently, six areas have already been identified and are scheduled to be upgraded or replaced. All exterior campus lighting will be converted to LED although there is no set schedule yet on which buildings will be addressed first. 

To date, 40 trees on campus have been replaced. All of the trees on the south side of Lombard Street at the curbside of the SON, the HS/HSL, and the Campus Center, are dead or dying and will need to be removed. Tree removal and replacement will be handled sequentially, as trees are moved, they will be replaced immediately. Trees inside the walls on Lombard Street are thriving and the plan is to use more urban-appropriate trees in this replacement process. 

The current campus trash removal company, Brookway, has advised the University that it will cease operations. While this is troubling, the company’s decision will not impact campus operations. Working with the Procurement Office, a contract with a new company will be in place as soon as possible. 

The recycle report is still being compiled and a draft report will be sent to the committee as soon as possible. 

Design and Construction: Anthony Consoli, Chair 

An environmental conference, sponsored by the B-cause group of which UMB is a member, is scheduled for April 4, 2018 at Towson University. The event is open to staff and student. To register to attend, visit www.towson.edu/environmentalconference.

Currently, this group is focused on developing an update of the 2011 Climate Action Plan (CAP). An outline has been created. Data is being collected with the goal of developing a draft to provide to the group for input on the narrative as well as the format. Work on the plan has been divided based on the specialty of the committee members. The group is also looking at UMCP, GW, and other universities as a roadmap for the University’s plan with the goal of developing a living document that can evolve as the campus changes. If you are aware of other institutions that we should contact, primarily graduate institutions, (urban campuses, health programs, and university hospitals) please contact Anthony Consoli. Specifically, the group is looking to obtain info about their own CAP Strategies to consider for applicability to UMB’s new CAP.

New Business: 

Currently a scope is in Procurement to work with ESCO to do projects that would upgrade efficiencies and provide energy conservation programming. ESCO will have its own engineers and architects to view campus buildings within the scope, identify opportunities to save money through charges, identify costs and predict results of energy savings. Once the assessment is concluded, the University will have the opportunity to decide on the direction it would take. In essence, ESCO does the work and will verify savings. The campus can either use a third-party funding source or have ESO pay for the work for a fee. This would be a long-term project. 

At a previous meeting, Terry Morse asked the committee to consider the idea of endorsing the efforts of pursuing a legislative change in recycling wording to include the conversion of waste to energy because there is some indications that incineration of wastes could result in production of energy that could be considered recycling. A subcommittee was formed to conduct research on incineration and its impact on the health of the University community and its neighbors before a decision to pursue wording changes was moved forward. Research has been completed and the report has been completed. Highlights of the research includes some of the following:

  • Non-energy emissions are relatively minor
  • The University is under 1% of Bioresco’s emissions
  • Current literature skews towards recycling and not incineration
  • Recycling is more environmentally beneficial 

The report will be presented to the committee at its March 7, 2018 meeting. 

Resiliency on campus includes a paving project at the Koester’s Lot that will provide a safer route for pedestrians who currently walk through the lot. The Signage Group is looking a permeable paving alternatives to use on secondary walkways such as the Koester’s Lot pathway. 

“Bag It”, a 2010 documentary movie available from Amazon & on Netflix, focuses on the very serious health impacts of our overuse of plastics but done with a sense of humor. The trailer & free movie links are available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRjPkl_4lmM and https://tubitv.com/movies/317275/bag_it  (free version of this movie from tubi tv).

Kimber Cai noted that she is working with SOP to pick up cigarette butts on campus to have them recycled.

Bill Crockett noted that he has reviewed HB538 that proposes that Styrofoam be banned from all food service areas in all state institution but excludes pre-packaged foods in Styrofoam. Currently UMB does not use any Styrofoam. 

Mark Drymala stated that his goal is to have the updated recycle numbers available for the committee to review at the March meeting. 

The next meeting will be held on March 7, 2018 at 11:00am in GR-001 of the Saratoga Building.

 2018 Environmental Conference at TU

2017

Dec. 6, 2017

Present: J. Ciotta (UMMC), A. Consoli (D&C), J. Courneya (HS/HSL), M. Drymala (Facilities Operations), J. Hanna (SSW), A. Likowski (Communications), D. Moore (SOM), T. Morse (Facilities and Operations),  S. Shipp (Facilities Operations), B. Taylor (Facilities and Operations), 

Committee Reports 

Transportation and Teleworking: Tony Green, Chair – No Report 

Education and Awareness:  Alex Likowski, Chair – No Updates 

Operations: Vassie Hollamon, Chair 

The recycle report is still being compiled and a draft report will be sent to the committee as soon as possible. 

New planters have been installed in Plaza Park; however, no plants will be installed until early March. Also the Downtown Partnership is working to help move panhandlers from the Plaza Park to a more safe area. 

Design and Construction: Anthony Consoli, Chair – No report 

New Business: 

Approximately 40 new trees will be planted on campus before Christmas 2017 that will include 5-6 different species. Currently, 18 locations have been identified as empty, and 22 trees on campus have been identified as diseased. 

All-gender bathrooms have been installed in the Health Sciences Library first floor. This location is also wheelchair accessible. 

The Medical Center is looking to partner with Excelon, a charging station program. J. Ciotta will reach out to the Parking Office to get some additional information. Because the goal is to encourage UMMC employees to purchase electric cars, there is a need to secure a place to park and charge them. 

Occupants are scheduled to begin moving into HSF 3 in January 2018. The facility is designed to meet LEED Gold standards; an application will be submitted to the Green Building Counsel for certification. 

At an upcoming meeting, the group will discuss the idea of moving current meetings from one per month to once every two months. 

Efforts to improve lighting around campus is underway. Tree canopies are starting to grow and block lighting which will require trees to be trimmed up as a first step in improving lighting. A landscape contractor will elevate branches by the end of February. Some of the Poulson light heads will be replaced by LED lights; orders have been placed for the lighting. The campus will coordinate with the City to repair or replace outages; following repair, an assessment will be conducted to identify any dark areas on the campus. Currently, six areas have already been identified and are scheduled to be upgraded or replaced. 

The next meeting will be held on February 7, 2018 at 11:00am in GR-001 of the Saratoga Building.

Nov. 1, 2017

Present: K. Cai (SOP), K. Carlin (SON), J. Ciotta (UMMC), A. Consoli (D&C), R. Cook (SOM), J. Courneya (HS/HSL),  B. Crockett (Campus Lie Operations), P. Crowe (SOP), R. Gilden (SON), J. Graves (UMMC), T. Green (Parking Office), M. Hohing (SOL), V. Hollamon (Operations & Maintenance), J. Johnson (Strategic Sourcing), M. Krone (Facilities Operations), M. Koka (Faculty Senate), A. Likowski (Communications), T. Morse (Facilities and Operations),  L. Mowbray (Real Estate, Plng & Space Mngt), J. Phillips (SOD), S. Shipp (Facilities Operations), B. Taylor (Facilities and Operations), G. Viola (Facilities Operations) 

Committee Reports 

Transportation and Teleworking: Tony Green, Chair 

The shuttle bus that rests on Pearl Street near the Administration Lot will be relocated because it creates a site barrier for drives when they are leaving the lot. A new location has not been identified yet. 

Education and Awareness:  Alex Likowski, Chair 

Working to develop communication to the campus regarding reducing personal trash cans in lieu of using trash receptacles in public areas. The Office of Communications is working to develop a video regarding campus recycle efforts. In addition, recycle information has been posted in the Elm. 

Operations: Vassie Hollamon, Chair 

The recycle program is back up and running. Access to the recycle building has been made available via a rear door into the building. Planning is underway in preparation for the demolition of the recycle building sometime in July to October 2018. The facility will be gone for about two years and during that time, paper, cardboard, and animal bedding recycling will be discontinued. A decision will need to be made concerning the paper shredder that has been housed in the recycle building. Current plans are to try to sell the machine that the campus purchased in 2013. 

Design and Construction: Anthony Consoli, Chair 

Currently, this group is focused on developing an approach to updating the 2011 Climate Action Plan (CAP). An outline has been created. Data is being collected with the goal of developing a draft to provide to the group for input on the narrative as well as the format. The goal of the plan is to present a comprehensive plan that will include a climate commitment and resiliency. The plan will also address a carbon neutrality rate to 2050 as well as the need for more efficient freezers and alternative transportation. 

The Campus Center hosts a green wall and to date there have been significant inquiries around the project such as if a green wall could be installed in other locations on campus. The SON is interested in hosting the wall and is currently working out logistics on where to place the wall for optimal viewing. The SOP is interested in receiving the green wall after it leaves the SON. Anthony Consoli has offered to invite the Green Walls Group to campus for a presentation and will invite interested people to the presentation. Anthony will coordinate moving the wall to different schools and he anticipates that the wall will be housed in a location for approximately 3-4 months. 

New Business: 

The recycle program experienced some losses and required modification during the construction of a new switching station on Saratoga Street which blocked the entrance to the recycle building. During construction, paper, cardboard and composting were not recycled. However, the program was able to shred documents, recycle scrap metal, electronics, batters, bottles, and cans without interruption. Recycling for paper and cardboard will resume in early October 2017. Composting will resume operations at the end of October 2017. The design of a new recycle building should begin in 2018. There was some discussion on messaging the campus receives regarding the components of the recycle program; that is, a clear and consistent message should be given to the campus. T. Morse agreed to speak with the Office of Communications for ideas on how to get a consistent message to the campus regarding the recycle program along with options on how to recycle once the recycle building is demolished. Also, as a reminder, Pascault Row has no recycling bins due to limited ability to collect and recycle; the goal is to restart the recycle program once construction is finished. 

At a previous meeting, Terry Morse asked the committee to consider the idea of endorsing the efforts of pursuing a legislative change in recycling wording to include the conversion of waste to energy because there is some indications that incineration of wastes could result in production of energy that could be considered recycling. A subcommittee was formed to conduct research on incineration and its impact on the health of the University community and its neighbors before a decision to pursue wording changes was moved forward. Research has been completed and being compiled. Highlights of the research includes some of the following:

  • Non-energy emissions are relatively minor
  • The University is under 1% of Bioresco’s emissions
  • Current literature skews towards recycling and not incineration 

The subcommittee hopes to have a formal report to present at the December Sustainability Committee meeting. 

The University of Maryland Medical Center is planning a soft opening of the new parking facility on the WPC space sometime in December 2017. An official open for the lot is scheduled for January 2018. With this project, Arch Street will become a pedestrian only thoroughfare and will include landscaping along the new walking paths. UMMC is working with the Parking Office to revitalize the Pearl Garage walks as this area has been made visible with the demolition of WPC. 

A project is underway to create a walking path along the wall side of the Lexington Garage in the Koester’s Lot. Brick and concrete will be used to create the pathway. 

At the Plaza Park, significant panhandling occurs. To minimize this practice, eating will be reduced, more planting materials will be added on the Redwood Street side, and concrete planters have been purchased to sit on the lip where people currently sit. Also, Public Safety will add its presence at the Park; police will be available, not only to provide security but to help visitors and provide information. 

More areas on campus will become green spaces. Areas by 108 N. Green Street are being revitalized once they become empty to include picnic tables, some planter, and some native perennials will be added. 

The Campus Center’s portable green wall will be relocated to another space. The SON volunteered to have it moved to the SON building. A. Consoli will follow-up on this request. 

The Carter Center parking lot, which is a UMMC-funded project, is tentatively scheduled to open early December 2017. Arch Street will have a pedestrian walkway and greenery. The Lexington and Fayette Street corridors are for pedestrian traffic only with the exception of emergency vehicles. In terms of sustainability, steel and concrete from the demolition of the Carter Center building was recycled. 

Efforts to improve lighting around campus is underway. Tree canopies are starting to grow and block lighting which will require trees to be trimmed up as a first step in improving lighting. 

The next meeting will be held on December 6, 2017 at 11:00am in GR-001 of the Saratoga Building. 

Oct. 4, 2017

Present: A. Borgerding (Campus Center), K. Cai (SOP), R. Cook (SOM), A. Consoli (Design & Construction), B. Crockett (Campus Lie Operations), M. Drymala (O&M), R. Gilden (SON), M. Hohing (SOL), W. Joyner (Community Engagement), M. Krone (Facilities Operations), Monica Martinez (Staff Senate), T. Morse (Facilities and Operations),  L. Mowbray (Real Estate, Plng & Space Mngt), J. Phillips (SOD), S. Shipp (Facilities Operations), B. Taylor (Facilities and Operations), G. Viola (Facilities Operations) 

Committee Reports 

Transportation and Teleworking: Tony Green, Chair – No Report 

Education and Awareness:  Alex Likowski, Chair – No Report 

Operations: Vassie Hollamon, Chair – No Report 

Design and Construction: Anthony Consoli, Chair 

Currently, this group is focused on developing an approach to updating the 2011 Climate Action Plan (CAP). Research on what other universities include in their CAP is underway and a help-line will be created. Data is being collected with the goal of developing a draft to provide to the group for input on the narrative as well as the format. UMCP is currently updating its CAP and given that its sustainability program is pretty robust, the CAP is extensive. UMB will review UMCP plan for inspiration and ideas. 

K. Park, in the Office of the Vice President for A&F, currently oversees the Nissan Leaf (electric cars) program. She reports that to date 12 people have made electric car purchases and over 70 people have inquired about the program. This surprisingly popular program may get extended to the end of 2017. 

The Campus Center hosts a green wall and to date there have been significant inquiries around the project such as if a green wall could be installed in other locations on campus. All inquiries will receive a response. 

Included in the design and construction of the 6th floor of the Lexington Building is a green wall as well as repurposed casework. 

New Business: 

The recycle program experienced some losses and required modification during the construction of a new switching station on Saratoga Street which blocked the entrance to the recycle building. During construction, paper, cardboard and composting were not recycled. However, the program was able to shred documents, recycle scrap metal, electronics, batters, bottles, and cans without interruption. Recycling for paper and cardboard will resume in early October 2017. Composting will resume operations at the end of October 2017. The design of a new recycle building should begin in 2018. There was some discussion on messaging the campus receives regarding the components of the recycle program; that is, a clear and consistent message should be given to the campus. T. Morse agreed to speak with the Office of Communications for ideas on how to get a consistent message to the campus regarding the recycle program along with options on how to recycle once the recycle building is demolished. Also, as a reminder, Pascault Row has no recycling bins due to limited ability to collect and recycle; the goal is to restart the recycle program once construction is finished. 

At a previous meeting, Terry Morse asked the committee to consider the idea of endorsing the efforts of pursuing a legislative change in recycling wording to include the conversion of waste to energy because there is some indications that incineration of wastes could result in production of energy that could be considered recycling. A subcommittee for formed to conduct research on incineration and its impact on the health of the University community and its neighbors before a decision to pursue wording changes was moved forward. Vice President Rhodes is in support of the proposed changes; however, discussions on the issue lead to the larger questions of:

  • How the change could impact the health of those who currently live in the neighborhood of the recycling plant?
  • What are other cities doing? How do they address concerns of its neighbors?
  • Is the incineration of certain products viewed as possible renewable energy sources?
  • Would this change impact childhood asthma which is the #1 health concern in West Baltimore? 

So far, the subcommittee has met twice with a goal having an early draft of results to the Committee in November or December. 

Smoking on campus keeps coming up. Given that the University is surrounded by streets and sidewalks that belong to the City of Baltimore, it is difficult to police the issue. Vice President Rhodes is forming a smoking committee to develop a resolution to this concern and is seeking volunteers to serve on the committee. The following people have agreed to be part of the committee: Steve Shipp, Robin Gilden, Bill Crockett (and someone from Campus Life), Justin Graves will send a name to represent UMMC, and someone from VAMC. These names have been forward to Vice President Rhodes for consideration and inclusion on her committee. 

The Committee was asked to review information from the Baltimore Greenway Trails Network of Baltimore City who has reached out to the Office of Community Engagement seeking help in getting an endorsement from the University of Maryland. Dr. Perman’s position on the endorsement is that he will agree to what the Sustainability Committee suggests. After some additional discussion, given that there is no cost associated with support of the program and there is a trail within a mile of the University, the Committee unanimously agreed to endorse the program. Bill Joyner, in the Office of Community Engagement, will take the endorsement forward. 

The City’s Bike Share program has been suspended to allow time to redesign locks and bikes to minimize theft and encourage usage. No timeline on when the program will resume has been communicated to date. 

The Campus Center’s portable green wall will be relocated to another space. The SON volunteered to have it moved to the SON building. A. Consoli will follow-up on this request. 

The Carter Center parking lot, which is a UMMC-funded project, is tentatively scheduled to open early December 2017. Arch Street will have a pedestrian walkway and greenery. The Lexington and Fayette Street corridors are for pedestrian traffic only with the exception of emergency vehicles. In terms of sustainability, steel and concrete from the demolition of the Carter Center building was recycled. 

After some student concerns were raised regarding rationale for lights remaining on in SOM buildings, a student from the SOM will be joining the Sustainability Committee. 

There was some discussion regarding reviving the campaign to get rid of individual trashcans and move toward using trashcans located in community spaces such as in lunch rooms. T. Morse will speak with the Office of Communications to discuss reviving this campaign. 

The next meeting will be held on November 1, 2017 at 11:00am in GR-001 of the Saratoga Building. 

Notes Revised 11/8/17

Sept. 5, 2017

Present: A. Borgerding (Campus Center), K. Cai (SOP), R. Cook (SOM), A. Consoli (Design & Construction), J. Courneya (Academic Affairs), B. Crockett (Campus Lie Operations), P. Crowe (SOP), S. Deck (EHS0, M. Drymala (O&M), R. Gilden (SON), J. Graves (UMMC), T. Green (Parking), A. Hall (Staff Senate), J. Hopkins (Strategic Sourcing), W. Joyner (Community Engagement), A. Likowski (Communications), T. Morse (Facilities and Operations),  L. Mowbray (Real Estate, Plng & Space Mngt), J. Phillips (SOD), B. Taylor (Facilities and Operations), G. Viola (F&O) 

Committee Reports 

Transportation and Teleworking: Tony Green, Chair 

The charging station upgrades (15 of 16) have been completed which now features continuous charging for 3-4 hours and has 240 amp plugs on each unit. The program currently has 16 units and there is an upgrade of some of the machines every fiscal year. 

The UM Shuttle is up and running. No comparison ridership data is available yet; however, some information will be available at the next meeting. Following recent survey results, shuttle service times were adjusted with the goal of getting people on campus 10 minutes before each hour and to leave campus 5-10 minutes after each hour during rush hour. 

The Parking Office has embarked on a major effort to study all parking and transportation processes and services. A consultant will be hired to analyze how the shuttle and garages are managed, parking pricing structures, and the electric vehicle program. The committee will be kept informed of the process. 

Education and Awareness:  Alex Likowski, Chair 

The Green Office program meeting is scheduled for September 14, 2017. The Leaf program, designed to encourage people to purchase electric cars, has been initiated. Any information for publication should be submitted to Alex Likowski. 

Operations: Vassie Hollamon, Chair – No Report 

Design and Construction: Anthony Consoli, Chair 

The University has become a member of the Maryland Green Registry (www. http://mde.maryland.gov/MarylandGreen/Pages/Home.aspx). Information about the University’s sustainability efforts is currently being updated and will be posted directly to the website. The Resiliency Subcommittee has been meeting over the past 1 ½ years and is in the process of updating the campus’ 2011 Climate Action Plan. The group is also looking at several special energy conservation projects to try to reduce consumption at some research buildings; 108 N. Green is the first building that will be reviewed. 

New Business: 

Farmers Market for 2017 will operate every Tuesday from 10am – 2pm on May 16, 2017 until just before Thanksgiving. A four week holiday Farmer’s Market is being explored. 

Due to construction, portions of the recycle program have been halted. Paper and cardboard recycling may be restarted by the end of September. With the construction of the new switching station, the current recycle building will be demolished which will ultimately impact paper, cardboard, and composting; these items are being hauled away currently. Bottles, cans, and scrap metal will continue to be recycled. 

Terry Morse asked the committee to consider the idea of endorsing the efforts of pursuing a legislative change in recycling wording to include the conversion of waste to energy because there is some indications that incineration of wastes could result in production of energy that could be considered recycling. Terry Morse reported that after conversations with Vice President Rhodes, she is in support of the proposed changes. In addition, Veolia, the campus’ steam provider, is also interested in partnering with the University in support of this effort. Several members of the Sustainability Committee voiced some concerns about this possible wording change that include:

  • What is the impact on the health of those who currently live in the neighborhood of the recycling plant?
  • What is currently being done in other cities? How do they address concerns of its neighbors?
  • Incineration of certain products are not seen as a renewable energy source.
  • The process goes against the campus climate change goals.
  • Childhood asthma is the #1 health concern in West Baltimore and this change would impact the neighborhood. 

On the positive side, costs are higher to recycle then to incinerate paper, cardboard, animal bedding and adding additional items would not add to the emissions/carbon footprint, and the campus may be able to purchase carbon credits.  To make an informed decision, a subcommittee consisting of Luke Mowbray, Anna Borgerding, Mark Drymala, and Jean-Paul Courneya was formed to research data on how energy waste conversion could impact the environment. The group will provide an outline of its plans to conduct research at the next meeting. This issue will continue to be explored. 

Smoking on campus keeps coming up. Given that the University is surrounded by streets and sidewalks that belong to the City of Baltimore, it is difficult to police the issue. Vice President Rhodes is forming a smoking committee to develop a resolution to this concern and is seeking volunteers to serve on the committee. The following people have agreed to be part of the committee: Steve Shipp, Robin Gilden, Bill Crockett (and someone from Campus Life), Justin Graves will send a name to represent UMMC, and someone from VAMC.

Representatives from the Baltimore Greenway Trails Network of Baltimore City reached out to the Office of Community Engagement seeking help in getting an endorsement from the University of Maryland to agree to become part of this network. William Joyner presented the information to the Sustainability Committee for consideration. The Network is asking that the University join this effort by adding UMB to the list of endorsements; there are no costs associated with being a part of this network. Information about the program will be distributed to the committee for review and the issue will be discussed again at the October meeting before a decision will be made. 

The current Bike Share station at UMB has been struck by an MTA bus; therefore, the City is looking to move the station. Logistics are being reviewed. 

Design and Construction will be moving to the 6th floor of the 620 W. Lexington Street building. This new space will be used as testing ground for new products and approaches to design such as heating, cooling, lighting, and flooring. Terry Morse asked that if anyone has a product that they would like to see tested in this new space, to let him know. 

The next meeting will be held on October 4, 2017 at 11:00am in GR-001 of the Saratoga Building. 

May 3, 2017

Present: A. Borgerding (Campus Center), R. Cook (SOM), A. Consoli (Design & Construction), B. Cockett (Campus Lie Operations), M. Drymala (O&M), Chris Evans (SON), T. Green (Parking), A. Hall (Staff Senate), M. Hohing (SOL), V. Hollamon (O&M), M. Koka (Faculty Senate), A. Likowski (Communications), T. Morse (Facilities and Operations),  L. Mowbray (Real Estate, Plng & Space Mngt), G. Severance (SSW), S. Shipp (O&M), B. Taylor (Facilities and Operations), G. Viola (O&M) 

The February 2017 BTU/sf/building numbers were distributed to the group. February was reported as the warmest on record (from the past 11 years of reporting trends) which resulted in less team consumption and less electricity consumption but more cooling days. When cooling is provided, heating consumption actually goes up also. Mike Krone reported that there is some metering of energy intensive equipment across the campus and that O&M is looking at where meters are (electric/steam/cooling), where there is no metering, and then will seek to develop a program to meter appropriately in a 2-step manner. Step 1 includes identifying problematic meters and where meters could be located for maximum results. Step 2 includes developing a comprehensive metering program. At the June 7, 2017 meeting, Mike Krone will present information to explain the numbers and significance of the BTU report. 

Committee Reports 

Transportation and Teleworking: Tony Green, Chair 

Three new EV units will be installed. This new 4000 series will allow for continues charging for 3-4 hours and has 240 amp lungs on each unit. The program currently has 16 units and there is an upgrade of some of the machines every fiscal year. A focus group of EV users will be conducted with the goal of fine-tuning the program which has a 90% user rate for the 16 units. 

Education and Awareness:  Alex Likowski, Chair 

Any information for publication should be submitted to Alex Likowski. Of note, the community Festival was very successful. Despite the rainy day, the turn-out was good. 

Operations: Vassie Hollamon, Chair 

The recycle program continues to operate despite the need to relocate the program during construction. The group continues to explore opportunities to redefine and enhance the current recycling program with the goal of ensuring that the campus is adequately educated about the positives of recycling. 

Approximately 100 LED Polson street lamp heads is being delivered to the campus for the replacement of current street lamps. The new lamp heads will provide brighter lighting and low maintenance. 

Design and Construction: Anthony Consoli, Chair 

The group is working to present the campus as an organism and to review strategically how best to reduce the environmental impact; landscaping is being approached holistically. Areas surrounding Pascault Row have been converted from hardscape to landscape. The green wall display will remain at the Campus Center until approximately July 2017. 

New Business: 

Joe’s Bike Rack for bike maintenance was on campus during Earth Week and the event was very successful. 

Farmers Market for 2017 will operate every Tuesday from 10am – 2pm on May 16, 2017 until just before Thanksgiving. The go green website will be updated to reflect this event. 

The next meeting will be held on June 7, 2017 at 11:00am in GR-001 of the Saratoga Building. 

April 5, 2017

Present: A. Borgerding (Campus Center), R. Cook (SOM), C. Chandler (SGA), S. Deck (EHS), M. Drymala (O&M), R. Gilden (SON), A. Hall (Staff Senate), M. Hohing (SOL), V. Hollamon (O&M), J. Hopkins (Strategic Sourcing), M. Krone (O&M), A. Likowski (Communications), T. Morse (Facilities and Operations),  L. Mowbray (Real Estate, Plng & Space Mngt), S. Shipp (O&M), B. Taylor (Facilities and Operations), G. Viola (O&M) 

The November 2017 BTU/sf/building numbers were distributed to the group. Mike Krone reported that there is a high correlation between weather and usage. Due to a milder January, there was a large increase in cooling. He also reported that new equipment results in higher efficiency. Currently, there is a long-term initiative to accurately meter energy consumption and to track usage per building. HSF 3 will establish new standards for heating/cooling efficiency. 

Alex Likowski has agreed to chair the Education and Awareness committee and will report information as is available. 

Earth Week is April 17 – 24, 2017; Earth Day is April 22, 2017. SON will host Joe’s Bike Shop on 4/19 from 11am – 2pm in the SON Courtyard. The event is open to the entire campus as well as UMMC. A community festival will be held on 4/22 from 11am – 2pm in the Bio Park. Nancy Gordon is chairing the event.  

Committee Reports 

Transportation and Teleworking: Tony Green, Chair – No Report 

Education and Awareness:  Chair Vacant, No Report 

Operations: Vassie Hollamon, Chair 

The recycle program has been impacted by the new generator plant construction. Some parts of the program will be suspended until a resolution has been determined or until the lot is reopened. Confidential documents are still being handled along with bottles and cans. The bigger concern is what will happen to the program when the facility is closed for the next two years; how to manage the recycle program during this down time is currently being discussed. 

Design and Construction: Anthony Consoli, Chair – No Report 

New Business: 

Luke Mowbray reported that four bike racks have been delivered to the campus; they will be installed at the SOL, the SOM, the Campus Center, and the back of the HS/HSL. Old bike racks will be recycled. HSF 3 will have 22 bike racks. 

The SOP student-led ecoUMB group met and developed several goals: an updated recycle bin for SOP (the 3-unit type); partner with SOP to recycle hazardous materials like nail polish; the installation of water-fill stations in every building; environmental facts added to stalls in all bathrooms; developing a composting system with the Campus Center’s help (they will meet with V. Hollamon and M. Drymala to discuss logistics). 

Robin Gilden noted that the SON held an opening day barbeque at the SON courtyard and there were no recycling bins available. She asked if there was a process to ensure trash cans and recycle bins are available during big events. It was noted that a formal request must be submitted to Work Control (67570) for special equipment. 

The recycle numbers for 2017 was 27% which was the same as 2016. During 2014 and 2015 there was a 5% drop in rates. 

To increase efficiency, the Parking Office has instituted new changes for parking access for students and pay daily parkers. In addition, vouchers will no longer be issued; respective departments will be required to pay for patient parking. These changes will reduce paper, ink, and maintenance of machines. 

Tom Fahey, SON, will be retiring as of May 31, 2017. His replacement, Chris Evans, will officially start on 6/1/2017. 

The next meeting will be held on May 3, 2017 at 11:00am in GR-001 of the Saratoga Building. 

January BTU/SF

Feb. 1, 2017

Present: A. Consoli (D&C), R. Cook (SOM), C. Chandler (SGA), M. Drymala (O&M), T. Green (PTS), R. Gilden (SON), J. Graves (UMMC), A. Hall (Staff Senate), M. Hohing (SOL), V. Hollamon (O&M), M. Koka (Faculty Senate), M. Krone (D&C),T. Morse (Facilities and Operations), L. Mowbray (Real Estate, Ping & Space Mngt), G. Severance (SSW), S. Shipp (O&M), B. Taylor (Facilities and Operations), G. Viola (O&M)

Terence Morse, interim Associate Vice President for Facilities and Operations, introduced himself as chair of the Sustainability Committee until a permanent AVP has been selected.

The Communications Office is in the process of recruiting a person to replace Sarah Rehak on the committee. Until that time, Alex Likowski will represent the Office of Communications.

The November BTU/sf/building numbers were distributed to the group; total heating degree days were up from last year.

Committee Reports

Transportation and Teleworking: Tony Green, Chair 

The parking kiosk has been installed at the Campus Center; utilization data will be available at the March 2017 meeting. 

The current shuttle bus program is being reviewed; specifically, financial data and ridership usage will be reviewed. The Medical Center has opted to no longer utilize the campus shuttle services. 

Education and Awareness: Chair Vacant, No Report

Operations: Vassie Hollamon, Chair

Currently, the Walter P. Carter Center demolition project is the largest recycle prog5am on campus. Dumpsters previously housed at WPC near Pascault Row has been relocated. Bulk trash containers have been relocated to a portion of the Administration Lot. 

Although Dean Kirschling has agreed to eliminate all trash cans in all offices within the School of Nm-sing, the roll out of the program has been delayed. The SON Green Team will meet on 2/13/2017 to discuss when the program can be rolled out to the SON community. 

A review of chemicals and products used in Housekeeping is unde1way. Floor finish stripper alternatives are being sought with an eye towards eliminating hazardous chemicals.

 

Design and Construction: Anthony Consoli, Chair 

The Resiliency Group has been looking at different efforts for resiliency and the campus carbon commitment for almost one year. An overview of the progress made by this group is attached. On the community side, Bill Joyner and Robyn Gilden are working with the SW Partnership and other communities to increase communications. 

The 95% construction documents for the WPC program have been received and is currently being reviewed. Next steps include a meeting with the Medical Center. Demolition of the WPC will last until June/July 2017; following demolition, work will being on creating the new lot.

Meetings with community groups are held monthly (Ronald McDonald House, Hope Lodge, Pascault Row). 

No response has been received yet regarding an alternative paving for the lot. Lot design will include trees and plantings. Urban design guidelines on tree pits are being adhered to on campus. 

New Business: 

The Student Sustainability Group met and are tentatively planning events for Earth Day and Increased Awareness Day. The group also discussed the possibility of a compost initiative for food services in the Campus Center. V. Hollamon agreed to work with student representatives to explore this possibility. R. Gilden has also offered to work with the students on Earth Day events. 

Christian Collins was introduced to the group by J. Graves. Ms. Collins is doing a practicum with UMMC regarding sustainability. 

The first draft of the Facilities Master Plan in nearing completion. L. Mowbray has agreed to present information on the Master Plan to the group at the March 1, 2017 meeting. 

The SON Green Team is looking for ways to market sustainability to the campus. The suggestion was made to inquire with the Office of Communications for best practices. 

The group discussed the frequency of the monthly meetings - the suggestion was to meet quarterly or bi-monthly. After some discussion, it was decided to keep the frequency of the meetings to once monthly and to revisit this issue at a later date. 

Tom Fahey, SON, will be retiring as of July 2017. 

The next meeting will be held on March 1, 2017 at 11:OOam in GR-001 of the Saratoga Building. 

 

UMB Resilience Report to  Second Nature                                       2/1/17

First Annual Evaluation of Progress                                     for  UMB leadership review

Guided by the Campus Sustainability Committee and its Resilience Subgroup, over the past year UMB has achieved the following progress relative to developing a Climate Action Plan to increase Resilience (CAP-R) for our campus and the nearby surrounding communities. These points utilize the enumeration of the Second Nature Resilience Component of.the Climate Leadership Commitment:

  • la. Internal Structure- UM B's Resilience Subgroup was formed in January of 2016 and has met monthly towards  moving these efforts forward.
  • lb. Campus Community Task Force-.Representatives of UMB's Office of Community Engagement  (OCE) and School of  Nursing (SON) have engaged five groups including  Baltimore·City to ensure alignment of UMB's CAP-R with their own related initiatives towards facilitating joint actions. See attached first annual evaluation of  progress.
  • le. Campus Community Resilience Assessment- UMB's Resilience Subgroup has defined what resilience means to our campus and outlined four strategies to address this: Flooding and Hurrica_ne Preparedness, Redundancy Planning, Mitigate the Urban Heat Island effect and· defining a Community Resiliency Leadership Network. For these four strategies, we have outlined related objectives and policies. These are captured in the attached spreadsheetwhich includes current completion and  related metrics.
  • ld. Climate Action Plan for Resilience (CAl'-R)- UMB's CAl'-R is being developed currently· towards a January 2018 projected completion. See above item le  for  progress to date. Additional related details are being addressed ov·er the next year towards expanding the depth of this item.
  • 2a. Annual Progress Evaluation- This document represents UM B's first annual evaluation of progress  relative to  developing our CAP-R.
  • 2b. Report to Second Nature- UMB's CAP-Rand this annual evaluation o{progress will be posted to Second Nature's reporting system once approved  by UMB Leadership.

This report including attachments are respectfully submitted by UMB's Resilience Subgroup: 

Anthony Consoli*, Steve Deck, Mark Drymala, Robyn Gilden, Bill Joyner & Luke  Mowbray

*Serves as Chair; contact at aconsoli@umarvland.edu if any questions.  

Attachments: 

Jan. 4, 2017

Present: A. Consoli (D&C), R. Cook (SOM), B. Crockett (Academic Affairs), S. Deck (EHS), M. Drymala (O&M), T. Green (PTS), R. Gilden (SON), M. Hohing (SOL), V. Hollamon (O&M), J. Hopkins (Strategic Sourcing and Acquisition Serv), W. Joyner (Community Engagement), M. Koka (Faculty Senate), M. Krone (D&C), R. Rowan (Facilities and Operations), G. Severance (SSW), S. Shipp (O&M), B. Taylor (Facilities and Operations), G. Viola(O&M) 

Ms. Joslyn Hopkins, Associate Director for Strategic.Sourcing and Acquisition Services, has joined the Campus Sustainability Committee.

Terence Morse, interim Associate Vice President for Facilities and Operations, will become the chair of the Sustainability Committee until a permanent AVP has been selected. 

The Communications Office is in the process of recruiting a person to replace Sarah Rebak on the committee. Until that time, Alex Likowski will represent the Office of Communications. 

The Bike Share program is up and running. The City has not shared usage numbers; however, the BioPark appears to be well used. 

The October BTU/sf/building numbers were distributed to the group; total heating degree days were slightly up from last year. October degree days were down from last.

Committee Reports

Transportation and Teleworking: Tony Green, Chair

The extra shuttle bus has been relocated to Pearl Street away from the WPC site due to construction. The September - December Canton ridership real-time numbers showed a total of 7,264 people rode this route. The numbers indicate that approximately 60% of the ridership was students, about 18% was staff, 9% were faculty, and almost 7% included UMMC staff. The program used to generate the real-time numbers was created by the IT staff within Administration and Finance. This important data will be used in deciding how to manage the shuttle bus program. Determining ridership hours is one of the most useful features of the new system as it determines actual utilization regardless of affiliation.

Education and Awareness: Chair Vacant, No Report Operations: Vassie Hollamon, Chair

The All Stars recycling report is being developed. O&M was able to maintain the dumpster operations in spite of the construction on campus.

Dean Kirschling has agreed to eliminate all trash cans in all offices within the School of Nursing. Recycle containers will remain. Trash cans will be available in central locations throughout the School. MIEMS has already made the transition away from individual trash cans. EHS has volunteered to have its trash cans removed.

Design and Construction: Anthony Consoli, Chair 

The Resiliency Group is working on looking at different efforts for resiliency and the campus carbon commitment. On the community side, Bill Joyner and Robyn Gilden are working with the SW Partnership and other communities to increase communications. 

In working with the Carter Center project, the goal is to reduce the heat/island effect where large areas of paving is used. The group is looking at possible strategies to decrease the effect such as using a lighter color that would reflect heat rather than absorb heat.

New Business: 

M. Drymala is waiting on the final tonnages from different vendors to aggregate numbers for the recycle report. 

The new TDM kiosk will be installed in the Campus Center by 1/11/2017. The Parking Office has already eliminated trash cans for personal use. 

The next meeting will be held on February 1, 2017 at 11:00am in GR-001 of the Saratoga Building.

Campus Sustainability Committee Members
Updated  1/30/2017

  

Committee Chair
Terence Morse, MS
Interim Associate Vice President, Facilities and Operations
Office of  Administration and Finance 

Education and Awareness Sub-Committee Chair (Vacant)

Parking and Transportation Sub-Committee Chair
Tony Green
Manager, Transportation Demand Management and Customer Service
Office of Parking and Transportation Services

Operations Sub-Committee Chair
Vassie Hollamon, MS
Associate Director, Operations and Maintenance and General Services
Office of Administration and Finance

Design and Construction Sub-Committee Chair
Anthony Consoli
A/E Design Project Manager
Office of Administration and Finance

Clare Banks, MFA
Editor
Office of Communications and Public Affairs

Rob Cook
Executive Director, Facilities and Operations
School of Medicine

Courtney Chandler
Graduate Student Association

Bill Crockett, MS, RCRSP
Executive Director, Campus Life Operations
and SMC Campus Center

Steven Deck, DM, MBA
Director, Environmental Health and Safety
Office of  Administration and Finance

UMB Building Reports and Resiliency Strategies Matrix

2016

Dec. 7, 2016

Present: C. Chandler (USGA), A. Consoli (D&C), B. Crockett (Academic Affairs), S. Deck (EHS), T. Green (PTS), R. Gilden (SON), M. Hohing (SOL), V. Hollamon (O&M), M. Krone (D&C), T. Morse (D&C), L. Mowbray (Capital Budget & Plng), B. Taylor (Facilities and Operations), G. Viola (O&M)

The September BTU/sf/building numbers were distributed to the group; total heating degree days were slightly up from last year by 6%. September 2016 was the hottest September in the last 10 years.

The Center for Interior Health has reached out to the University because they are interested in rating the amount of toxins in interior furniture on the campus. Bob Rowan will explore this issue further, especially given that the campus is bound to purchase the majority of its furniture through MCE.

The Bike Share is up and running. The BioPark site is heavily used. The University has been able to implement the use of a card reader to help with ease of use. The City conducts regular check-ins on each of the bike share sites to ensure that bikes are available.

Committee Reports

Transportation and Teleworking: Tony Green, Chair

One of the shuttle buses will need to be relocated because its current location will be lost due to the Carter Center construction. Green is working with the City to get designated space on Pearl Street near the Administration lot. Data will be provided at the January meeting that will contain actual ridership numbers.

Effective January 11, 2017, a kiosk will be installed in the Campus Center lobby to allow faculty, staff, and students to get information on modes of transportation available. The kiosk will have a 42-inch touch-screen television for ease of access.

Education and Awareness:  Chair Vacant, No Report

Operations: Vassie Hollamon, Chair

O&M is working with Anthony Consoli to recycle plants on campus. Pascault Row plants have been transplanted to several locations on campus.

Dean Kirschling has agreed to eliminate all trash cans in all offices within the School of Nursing. Recycle containers will remain. Trash cans will be available in central locations throughout the School. MIEMS has already made the transition away from individual trash cans. EHS has volunteered to have its trash cans removed.

Design and Construction: Anthony Consoli, Chair

An unexpected bonus to attending the recent Baltimore City sustainability efforts meeting was to obtain contracts and information on how to replace missing trees on the campus. To date, seven trees have been replaced. Anthony Consoli has requested to be contacted if anyone notices missing trees throughout the campus. Also of note is that trees are planted in the spring and in the fall.

A meeting was held with Thermo reps regarding -80 degree freezers to discuss new technology. A meeting will be scheduled with Procurement to discuss options.

The Resiliency Group is looking at different efforts for resiliency and the campus carbon commitment. One area of focus is information technology and possible redundancy planning. Currently, deficits have been identified. Next steps include developing goals; specific groups will be invited into the discussion to move the efforts forward.

New Business:

M. Hohing reported that the Law School will be moving out of the Grand Garage and into the SOL building over the next few weeks.

B. Crockett reported that Mark Drymala, recycle coordinator, is working with the Campus Center to develop new trash collection options.

A group of SGA students have formed a sustainability group and held its first meeting last week. About 15 students attended the meeting. Areas of concentration for this group will be the installation/updating of water refilling stations across campus as well as hosting more student events surrounding sustainability. The School of Nursing (R. Gilden) has offered to partner with the SGA for support.

The campus hosted three finalists to present art sculptors that, if selected, will be displayed at the SW corner of HSF 3 (Baltimore and Pine). Posters from the artists will be made available by contacting Anthony Consoli (aconsoli@umaryland.edu). This even marks the first time the campus has considered the display of public art and only the second time the State of Maryland has undergone this process.

Increasing the canopy on campus is part of the resiliency plan where the goal is to increase the number and size of tree pits on campus. Some standards on the size of tree pits will need to be developed to ensure consistency.

The smoking area located by the Walter P. Carter Center has been offered to the BioPark who are now part to the University’s no-smoking program.

The next meeting will be held on January 4, 2017 at 11:00am in GR-001 of the Saratoga Building. 


UMB Resiliency Strategies Matrix

Sept. 7, 2016

Present: C. Chandler (USGA), A. Consoli (D&C), S. Deck (EHS), M. Donnenberg (SOM), M. Drymala (O&M), T. Green (PTS), T. Fahey (SON), R. Gilden (SON), A. Hall (PTS), M. Hohing (SOL), M. Krone (D&C), L. Mowbray (Capital Budget & Plng), G. Severance (SSW), S. Shipp (O&M), B. Taylor (Facilities and Operations), G. Viola (O&M)

The June BTU/sf/building numbers were distributed to the group; total heating degree days were down from last year.

Courtney Chandler, from the USGA, has joined the Sustainability Committee. Michael Donnenberg will be leaving the University in October. He has agreed to solicit interest from members of the Faculty Senate to replace him on the Sustainability Committee.

The Baltimore City sustainability plan review meeting is scheduled for 9/16/2016 at 10:00am at the Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus. Any member can attend. An email will be sent out regarding the meeting for additional information.

The campus will not move forward with the renewable PPA project. Only one solicitation was received and that one solicitation did not meet the required specifications. If the market changes, a future opportunity may be generated.

 

Committee Reports

 

Transportation and Teleworking: Tony Green, Chair

The new Canton shuttle service is being well utilized. Between the months of June and July, ridership was counted as 1098 riders; 833 UMB staff and 265 students. An updated ridership number will be provided at the October meeting. A new passenger count system is being installed that will provide real time ridership numbers. Vice President Rhodes will discuss with Leonard Taylor contributions to be made by UMMC for its participation in the shuttle service.

L. Mowbray and T. Green are working with the MTA bike-share stations program. A vendor has been selected to work with the Hospital’s electrical design on the southwest corner of Green and Baltimore Streets.

Bike cage registrants are up to 45 participants.

 

Education and Awareness:  R. Rowan for Sarah Reback, Chair

The go-green website is being marketed to the campus with a focus on green office tips. This committee is seeking tips that can be posted in the Elm and on the Go Green website. Please contact S. Reback.

 

Operations: Vassie Hollamon, Chair

Mark Drymala met with students during orientations to discuss campus sustainability. A location is still being sought for the composing program on campus.

 

Design and Construction: Anthony Consoli, Chair

In promoting the use of high energy usage appliances, the group has found researchers at other universities who are metering appliances and conducting their own analysis. Annual savings have been estimated to equal 4000Kw/H or a payback of between five and six years. The group is also looking at how to initiate internal rebates as incentives to give back to researchers.

Analysis has been completed on ceramic films on the BRB. This information will be forwarded to BGE to prove that there is real savings in using the films. Analysis will next occur at the SOL.

A green wall presentation is scheduled for Monday in the Saratoga Building lower level conference room at noon.

Towson University utilizes an energy dashboard system application. This group is currently reviewing the costs and advantages of the University initiating a similar app as it could make people more aware of energy usage across campus.

This group is moving forward with its resiliency efforts. General strategies have been created; the next step is to develop metrics.

The next initiative will be to look at water expenses. Currently the campus pays approximately $3M/year with a 10% increase every year over the past three years by Baltimore City. The goal is to determine where the campus can conserve usage.

 

New Business:

Currently the City is experiencing a 30” water main break at the corner of Lombard and Greene Streets that is empting in the campus via manholes and causing flooding in the Campus Center. A contract has been signed by the City to fix the problem; however, a timeline for completion is unclear. According to the director of BPW, the city has over 1500 miles of water mains in the city and about three miles per year is replaced. In addition, the Mulberry Street problem is causing sanitary issues on Pine Street. According to BPW, a temporary server connection may be completed in a month.

The Office of Community Engagement held a volunteer day at Pop Farm in Poppelton where the field was cleared and vegetables and flowers were planted. Community Engagement encourages the campus community to check with them regarding other volunteer opportunities.

 

The next meeting will be held on October 5, 2016 at 11:00am in GR-001 of the Saratoga Building.

 

Aug. 3, 2016

Present: A. Consoli (D&C), R. Cook (SOM), M. Donnenberg (SOM), M. Drymala (O&M), T. Green (PTS), J. Graves (UMMC), A. Hall (PTS), B. Joyner (Community Engagement), M. Krone (D&C), L. Mowbray (Capital Budget & Plng), R. Rowan (Facilities and Operations), S. Shipp (O&M), B. Taylor (Facilities and Operations), G. Viola (O&M)

The April and May BTU/sf/building numbers were distributed to the group; total heating degree days were down from last year. The utilities budget is $2M below projections for this year. Only one bid was received in response to the PPA RFP.  A meeting with the consultants will be held to discuss the process and next steps.

Bill Joyner, from the Office of Community Engagement, has joined the Sustainability Committee.

 

Committee Reports

 

Transportation and Teleworking: Tony Green, Chair

The new Canton shuttle service is being well utilized. Between the months of June and July, ridership was counted as 1098 riders; 833 UMB staff and 265 students. The number of student riders is anticipated to increase significantly when students return for the fall. While students bear the majority of the shuttle’s costs, UMB faculty and staff contribute approximately 20%; the Medical Center does not contribute at this time.

L. Mowbray and T. Green are working with the MTA bike-share stations program. More details will be forthcoming as this program takes shape.

 

Education and Awareness:  R. Rowan for Sarah Reback, Chair

The go-green website is being marketed to the campus with a focus on green office tips. This committee is seeking tips that can be posted in the Elm and on the Go Green website. Please contact S. Reback. A. Consoli present a list of tips that he is editing for inclusion on the website to ensure that the information is presented in a more compelling way. He has asked that the Sustainability Committee review the list (see attached) for any suggestions/additions so that the information can be submitted to S. Reback.

 

Operations: Vassie Hollamon, Chair – no report

 

 

Design and Construction: Anthony Consoli, Chair

This group is working with the Facilities Master Plan committee’s urban design component; specifically to understand the types of trees the campus has and to develop an inventory of all campus trees.

BGE will not support rebates for ceramic films that would have been installed at BRB because the payback time is considered too short. SOL will be assessed to determine if installing the ceramic films makes financial sense.

A presentation will be held on 9/19/2016 that will outline a system to filter air within buildings. Anyone interested in attending the presentation should contact A. Consoli.

The Resiliency Subcommittee has been meeting for about six months now and are looking at ways to implement its goals and objectives via a community effort. Attached is a summary of initial conclusions for review. Please submit any input to all to the timelines to A. Consoli. Volunteers are needed to help implement strategies.

 

New Business:

M. Drymala reported that he will be providing information regarding sustainability and the campus recycle program to student during their orientations.

Solutions on the location of a new site for the Recycle Center continues.

L. Mowbray reported that a bike rack at SOD will be installed soon. AHB has a non-standard rack that will be replaced. Bike Share rack will require electrical conduits and it will be installed sometime around the end of October. The likely location is on Baltimore Street between Greene and Arch streets.

MTA has announced new bus routes for this fall that will include dedicated bus lanes on Pratt, Lombard, Fayette, and Baltimore Streets. The Fayette location impacts the shuttle system.

J. Graves announced that prescriptions will now be issued to purchase food and vegetables at the Farmer’s Market.

 

The next meeting will be held on September 7, 2016 at 11:00am in GR-001 of the Saratoga Building.

 

June 1, 2016

Present: M. Donnenberg (SOM), M. Drymala (O&M), T. Fahey (SON), T. Green (PTS), M. Hohing (SOL), V. Hollamon (O&M), R. Rowan (Facilities and Operations), J. Phillips (SOD), M. Krone (D&C), G. Viola (O&M) 

The March BTU/sf/building numbers were distributed to the group; total heating degree days were down significantly from last year. The PPA RFP for green power is being finalized and should be on the street by July. 

Committee Reports

Transportation and Teleworking: R. Milner for Tony Green, Chair

The new Canton shuttle service will begin in June. The E.V. charging station has been installed at the Pratt Street Garage and we are applying for a rebate. There was a discussion about charging for the power but there may be a problem with BG&E regarding reselling electricity. We may have to charge by the minute for the parking space. There is a current 5-hour limit that is not strictly enforced.

Education and Awareness: Sarah Reback, Chair

S. Reback had a schedule conflict but reported that she is focusing on finalizing the go-green website content. Plans to advertise the President’s signing of the resiliency commitment are being developed.

Operations: Vassie Hollamon, Chair 

V. Hollamon reported BGE has run out of money for LED rebates. We are waiting for the Public Service Commission to authorize additional funding. M. Drymala reported that the 2016 recycling rate is 27% which is up about 5% from last year due in part to our composting program. There is a pending problem in that we will lose our current recycling location to construction for the HSF III standby generators in late summer. We are looking for alternative sites.

Design and Construction: Anthony Consoli, Chair

The campus will apparently receive ~$700K for the sustainable features at HSF3. We have received the energy analysis for the proposed BRB solar film. Next step is the online application for this potential BGE film rebate.

We are working with O&M to arrange a presentation on the energy dashboard to obtain more information from UMCP (their own system) & Lucid (used by Towson).

Freezer Monitoring is proving to be more challenging than originally thought, related to power shutdown to install meters. Mike Krone will follow up with Michelle to try to assist.

SOM would like to know the results of the HSF3 lab equipment freezer monitoring before proceeding further. Primary focus is freezers, BSC’s and sterilizer/autoclaves. It has been suggested that UMB leadership consider mandating that all future equipment must meet minimum energy efficiency standards. The argument is to reduce long term life cycle costs so as to use state resources conservatively. This UMB mandate could then be enforced by Procurement as equipment purchases are made.

SOD purchased a $3,700 Taski carpet cleaner one year ago. They have found this does a much better job that the typical housekeeping alternatives in rejuvenating these carpets, effectively extending their useful lives.

SOD shared some information relative to low cost magnetic meters that may help UMB affordably meter chilled water in assessing individual building use. 

New Business:

Michael Donnenberg announced that he is now on the Faculty Senate.

L. Mowbray is working with T. Greene on the Bike Share program. The likely location is on Baltimore Street between Greene and Arch streets.

The next meeting will be held on August 3, 2016 at 11 a.m. in GR-001 of the Saratoga Building. 

A meeting reminder will be sent out to advise that there will be no meeting held in July.

 

Feb. 3, 2016

Present: A. Consoli (Design and Construction), D. Moore (SOM), M. Donnenberg (SOM), M. Drymala (O&M), R. Gilden (SON), R. Milner (Parking), L. Mowbray (Capital Budget and Planning), R. Rowan (Facilities and Operations), J. Graves (UMMC), A. Hall (Parking), J. Phillips (SOD), M. Krone (D&C), G. Viola (O&M), V. Hollamon (O&M), B. Crockett (Campus Center)

The November BTU/sf/building numbers were distributed to the group which indicated that  degree days were down while the  BTU/sf numbers are up.

Work continues with the PPA consultant; a final draft of an RFP should be available sometime in February 2016 as there might still be market interest. The goal is to have an RFP on the streets sometime in February. Lockheed-Martin recently signed a 30 MW solar deal with Duke Energy.

 

Committee Reports

 

Transportation and Teleworking: R. Milner for Tony Green, Chair

No Report.

 

Education and Awareness: Sarah Reback, Chair

S. Reback had a schedule conflict but reported that she is focusing on finalizing the go-green website content. Plans to advertise the President’s signing of the resiliency commitment are being developed.

 

Operations: Vassie Hollamon, Chair

V. Hollamon reported that he is working on relocating some of the recycling center components while construction on a generator plant is underway. M. Drymala is trying to finalize the recycling report but is anticipating a recycling rate of about 27% which is up about 5% from last year due in part to our composting program.

 

Design and Construction: Anthony Consoli, Chair

Work is being done to incorporate LED lighting and carpet recycling into future renovation projects. He also reported that the City has approved bump outs on Fayette Street and Baltimore Streets to facilitate pedestrian crossing and slow down traffic.

He also is working on developing benchmarking information with JHU for energy consumption.

BGE rebates are being pursued for placing films on some of the building’s windows. BRB is probably the first followed by the SOL and MSTF.

There is also work on trying to do life cycle cost analysis on equipment purchases for
HSF III to justify more energy efficient freezers and other equipment.

Public Safety has agreed to assist with keeping the Howard Hall Loading Dock door closed when not in use.

 

New Business:

Anthony Consoli, who agreed to chair the resiliency planning group, reported that there needs to be a second meeting scheduled.

A. Hall reported that a trial with seven riders is being planned for April with the MARC trains and pretax passes.

J. Graves reported that they are working with R. Gilden on legislation restricting animal antibiotic use. The UMMS is also signing a pledge to reduce BTU/GSF by 29% by 2023.

R. Milner reported on a pilot program at the Pearl Garage to use electronic payments with a one card or debit card for part time faculty.

L. Mowbray reported that there is a sustainability component to the Facilities Master Plan which has just started.

 

The next meeting will be held on March 2, 2016 at 11:00am in GR-001 of the Saratoga Building.

 

Jan. 6, 2016

Present: A. Consoli (Design and Construction), R. Cook (SOM), M. Donnenberg (SOM), M. Drymala (O&M), T. Fahey (SON), T. Green (Parking), M. Hohing (SOL), L. Mowbray (Capital Budget and Planning), R. Rowan (Facilities and Operations), S. Shipp (O&M), B. Taylor (Facilities and Operations)

President Perman has signed the three revised Climate Commitments. The information will be included in the Elm and on the sustainability website.

The October BTU/sf/building numbers were distributed to the group which indicated that cooling degree days were down while the heating degree days were up significantly. The BTU/sf numbers ae down from the previous two years. The November and December numbers are expected to be good.

Work continues with the PPA consultant; a final draft of an RFP should be available sometime in January 2016 as there might still be market interest. The goal is to have an RFP on the streets sometime in February.

 

Committee Reports

 

Transportation and Teleworking: Tony Green, Chair

Work continues in developing the new Canton UMB shuttle. A meeting with Councilman Kraft regarding his constituency areas and routes still needs to be held prior to roll-out. Also, a meeting has been scheduled with Senator Ferguson which will be followed by a community association meeting. A meeting has been held with students to discuss an increase in fees to offset the cost of the shuttle system that will include the Canton route.

Ride Shark is the new ride share vendor; the new information will be communicated to the campus within the next few weeks.

 

Education and Awareness: Sarah Reback, Chair

The go-green website content is currently being updated. Plans to advertise the President’s signing of the resiliency commitment are being developed.

 

Operations: Vassie Hollamon, Chair

Continued efforts to capture recycling credits will move forward. Three vacancies have slowed the process to install LED lights across the campus.

 

Design and Construction: Anthony Consoli, Chair

Adjustments have been made to all ADA doors to improve efficiency. Signage is being developed that will address and encourage minimum use of the ADA doors.

The steam condensate plans for the Campus Center indicated a longer payback than originally anticipated; six to eight years is not feasible.  Research will continue for ways to use/reuse steam when working on new projects.  MSTF may be a good candidate to process steam condensate as it is time to replace the MSTF system.

BGE rebates are being pursued for placing films on some of the building’s windows. SOL has requested pricing/payback analysis on the films for some of its windows.

 

New Business:

Anthony Consoli, who agreed to chair the resiliency planning group, met with V. Hollamon, L. Mowbray, P. Crowe, R. Gilden, and J. Doggett to create a plan of action. The group has started conducting research on FEMA, other USM schools, and urban universities for information on what plans these entities have already made. Also, as the group moves forward, a determination on what resilience means for the University of Maryland as well as what to focus on within the plan will need to be made.

A question was raised about offering Marc train discounts to the campus. A few years ago, the Parking Office tried to implement a program for Marc train users; however, not enough people showed interest in joining a program so the idea was tabled. In order for the program to be successful, as it is a time-consuming and cumbersome process, there would have to be at least 20 participants. Schools are encouraged to poll staff to determine an interest and if so, the Parking office will again consider the development of a pre-tax option for Marc train riders.

The 2015 recycle numbers are being finalized and should be available at the February meeting.

The Howard Hall/HSF 1/SON loading dock doors are constantly open. A request was made to determine a way to keep them closed until they need to be opened.

Data collection is underway for the Master Plan. Bike rack issues are part of the plan. HSF 3 will install over 40 bike racks. The plan will be looking at deficits to the infrastructure across the campus. Anyone with input about bike racks can submit the information to L. Mowbray at lmowbray@umaryland.edu.

The next meeting will be held on February 3, 2016 at 11:00am in GR-001 of the Saratoga Building.

 

2013

Oct. 23, 2013

Terry Morse, Chair
Rob Cook
Jim Peach
John Phillips
Pam Crowe
Mary Alice Hohing
Terry Hollon
Jay Baughan
Khosrow Vaghari
Maria Prawirodihardjo
Jeff Crabtree
Lynn Bartell

Meeting Notes

Design and Construction Sub-Committee

Attendees: Rob Cook, John Phillips, Jay Baughan, Terry Morse

Committee Members not in attendance:  Pam Crowe, Khosrow Vaghari, Lynn Bartell, Mary Alice Hohing, Maria Prawirodihardjo, Terry Hollon

Old Business

It was mentioned that the Green Committee at UMMS is doing some very innovative things, and our committee should arrange a meeting with them.

  1. 8/2/12 Terry H is attending the Green Team meetings. It was mentioned that UMMS is recycling all of their carpet. They shared the name of the vendor they use.
  2. 1/23/13 Terry H to inquire if UMMS centralizes a dumpster for carpet recycling, and how much do they spend. 
  3. 7/24/13 Subsequent to the D&C meeting, Terry H. checked and the info. is:  UMMS has a central recycling bin behind the emergency room- for everything not just carpet, everybody uses it and UMMS pulls it 1-2 times a day, C&D Recycling is the vendor- they sort it at their facility for recycling.  They charge an overhead cost to small projects which covers this among other things.  They have replaced the water cooler by the gift shop with one that includes a water bottle refilling station which keeps a running tally (i.e., plastic bottles saved).  There is a herb garden in front of Au Bon Pen, and they have purchased a solar farm on the eastern shore.
  4. 10/23/13 Rob mentioned that we are currently specifying recyclable carpet, and O&M is using it as well.

Jagdish and Terry discussed the existing building re-commissioning effort underway in Facilities. In an effort to reduce energy costs, Facilities Management is embarking on a program to re-commission every existing campus building. They have started with a small location first to develop the process and identify the magnitude of the cost and labor effort needed. The first installation is the Penn Street Garage office suite. Mary Alice suggested that the next place to work on could be the Grand Garage office suite, since that area has a very inefficient, and ineffective, HVAC system.

  1. 8/2/12 The work in the PLC is continuing. Control issues were discovered that are being corrected. A draft scope for Howard Hall Re-commissioning has been prepared and circulated for comments. Jay will send the scope to Rob Cook for his review.
  2. 1/23/12 First project- Penn St. Garage offices is complete.  Second project- PLC is 90% complete.  The report-out on this will be documented with final Record Document drawings (drawings being done by Jay) and a final TAB report- both will be stored in the archives.  Next will be an entire campus project, Phase 1 will be Howard Hall.  Each building will include building envelope recommissioning.  It was suggested that infrared scans of the outside be done (if not already planned).  And, infrared scans could be done of the electrical panels (if not already planned).
  3. 7/24/13 Subsequent to the meeting Terry H. checked the use of infrared scanning.  The infrared scans of electrical equipment are done for the distribution equipment, on a bi-yearly basis (per O&M).  Scans of individual panel boards are done on an as needed basis, during commissioning a new building and are currently being considered to be part of a recommissioning effort.
  4. 10/23/13 Jay reported that re-commissioning for PLC is now complete. The scope for Howard Hall is now being developed by the AEC Commissioning Manager.

The subject of the proposed steam condensate heat recovery system for the Campus Center was discussed. It was mentioned that the study indicated a payback of only two years.

  1. 1/23/13  There are still no funds available for this project.
  2. 10/23/13  No update.

BRB8 will probably be LEED Gold certified, the submittal is going in soon.  The LEED Certificate plaque for the suite was discussed.  It could be off-the-shelf, or use custom materials.  SOP now has their plaque in the lobby.  It is possible that design ideas for future plaques could be vetted in this committee.

  1. 7/24/13 Rob Cook indicated that BRB7 is going for LEED Gold.
  2. 10/23/13 Rob stated that the paperwork for certification is still being completed for both projects.

New Business

Rob suggested that a presentation be developed when the design for HSF III is completed to present all of the sustainable features of the new building.

T. Morse
10/23/2013

June 5, 2013

Meeting Notes

Sustainability Steering Committee

Present: C. Banks (Communications), R. Cook (SOM), P. Crowe (SOP), M. Drymala (O&M), T. Green (Parking and Transportation), M. Krone (Utility Operations), T. Morse (AEC), J. Phillips (SOD), R. Shelley (SON), H. Strassler (Faculty Senate), B. Taylor (Facilities and Operations), G. Viola (O&M)

The March BTU/SF report was distributed. Of particular note is that the heating days for March were up and there were no cooling degree days which means the chillers did not need to run. Average temperatures were around 45° resulting in lower electricity but higher heating costs.

Committee Reports

Transportation and Teleworking: Tony Green, Chair

New UM shuttle service hours are now 6 a.m. to midnight with no weekend service; the fall schedule is currently under development.

To date, 200 people have posted about rides using the new Zimride program, up from the 150 posts in May. Inclusion of the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) has not been launched; the hospital’s legal team is working on an amicable MOU.

Charging station procedures are being reviewed and will be communicated to users. Currently, drivers are not completely ending their sessions; the Office of Parking and Transportation Services will work with riders to ensure proper usage. UMMC has one station and no registered users. T. Green is working with J. Graves to establish a policy that will allow University employees to use the UMMC's station.

Education and Awareness: Clare Banks, Chair

The 2013-2014 workshop series is currently being planned; many of the workshops will target students. The series will be held in the Green Room of the Southern Management Corporation Campus Center. Reorganization/updating the GoGreen website is underway and communications regarding recycling on campus is being created. 

Design and Construction: Terry Morse, Chair

This group now meets quarterly instead of monthly. HSFIII will be LEED certified. A presentation to the committee will be scheduled to review the certification process.

Demolition of HHH begins this summer; fencing will be installed around the building soon. Some of the items in the building will be repurposed/relocated around campus. A plan of action has been developed and, upon approval of the plan, meetings with the schools will be held to discuss where the repurposed items will be relocated. Items include 22 planters, benches, granite seating, a serpentine canopy (will be offered to the schools or the zoo), and a glass canopy (may offer it to UMMC).

Operations: Vassie Hollamon, Chair 

Consistent signage for the recycle program has finally been created. A marketing campaign to advertise the battery recycle program will be initiated in the fall. Composting is being explored with Vet Medicine. Only one response was received for the shredder/bailer which was too high; the project will be resubmitted for bidding. And a used truck has been purchased to support the recycle program. 

New Business

The UMMC Farmers Market began May 14. The market vendors now accept food stamps.

R. Rowan is working to develop a Tool Bank that will make tools available for usage on campus community garden projects.

As of June 1, 2013, the campus entered the “summer” months regarding energy consumption. During the summer months, Monday-Friday, noon to 8 p.m., the campus is subject to blackouts or brown outs as requested by PJM to conserve energy and take the pressure off of the grid. In addition, to conserve energy, many of the administrative buildings go to holiday or static phase during long weekends and nights and regular weekends.

The seventh floor of BRB is close to LEED Gold certification; the eighth floor of BRB achieved LEED Silver certification.

The next meeting will be on July 3, 2013 at 11:00 a.m., in GR-001 of the Saratoga Building.

B. Taylor  
6/6/2013

Jan. 23, 2013

Meeting Notes

Design and Construction Subcommittee
Sustainability Steering Committee

Attendees: Jay Baughan, Jeff Crabtree, Jim Peach, Terry Hollon

Committee Members not in attendance:  Pam Crowe, Khosrow Vaghari, Lynn Bartell, Mary Alice Hohing, Terry Morse, Rob Cook, John Phillips, Maria Prawirodihardjo

Old Business

1-2 It was suggested that UMB embark on an incubator project whereby office and lab spaces be created that are fully occupied, but incorporate systems and design approaches that can be used to test various alternative designs, materials, and systems that have the potential for energy savings and/or the use of green building materials. Possible locations include the top floor of the Lexington Garage and other currently vacant SOM offices and labs.

  1. 4/25/12 Work stations and furniture is being used on BRB 8th floor project. Terry will ask Doug about the status of the animal cages.
  2. 8/2/12 The suggestion was made to use casework from the BRB 7th floor project (not rooms 747 or 749) for the School of Pharmacy 5th and 6th floor project.
  3. 1/23/13 No update. 

2-5 It was mentioned that the Green Committee at UMMS is doing some very innovative things, and our committee should arrange a meeting with them.

  1. 8/2/12 Terry H is attending the Green Team meetings. It was mentioned that UMMS is recycling all of their carpet. They shared the name of the vendor they use.
  2. 1/23/13 Terry H to inquire if UMMS centralizes a dumpster for carpet recycling, and how much do they spend. 

5-2 Mary Alice stated that there are a couple of rooms in the SOL where occupancy sensors could be installed as test areas. Terry will talk to Gary Viola about these locations.

  1. 10/26/11 Noly is working on the project to provide occupancy sensors in classrooms with wireless microphones and other equipment which are sensitive to the operation of the sensors. He is evaluating the available products for suitability.
  2. 8/2/12 Terry will check on the status of the project. It was reported that the Dental School is installing timers on the dental chairs to de-energize them during unoccupied hours. They will be installed in the fall. Also, they have installed filtered water coolers in the office areas to reduce bottled water usage.
  3. 1/12/13 No update

8-1 Jagdish and Terry discussed the existing building re-commissioning effort underway in Facilities. In an effort to reduce energy costs, Facilities Management is embarking on a program to re-commission every existing campus building. They have started with a small location first to develop the process and identify the magnitude of the cost and labor effort needed. The first installation is the Penn Street Garage office suite. Mary Alice suggested that the next place to work on could be the Grand Garage office suite, since that area has a very inefficient, and ineffective, HVAC system.

  1. 8/2/12 The work in the PLC is continuing. Control issues were discovered that are being corrected. A draft scope for Howard Hall Re-commissioning has been prepared and circulated for comments. Jay will send the scope to Rob Cook for his review.
  2. 1/23/12 First project- Penn St. Garage offices is complete.  Second project- PLC is 90% complete.  The report-out on this will be documented with final Record Document drawings (drawings being done by Jay) and a final TAB report- both will be stored in the archives.  Next will be an entire campus project, Phase 1 will be Howard Hall.  Each building will include building envelope recommissioning.  It was suggested that infrared scans of the outside be done (if not already planned).  And, infrared scans could be done of the electrical panels (if not already planned).

16-3. Pam reported that one of the most significant visual impacts of the LEED certified SOP Addition will be the noticeably reduced lighting levels in the building. She noted that all lab areas will utilize task lighting as well. John mentioned that the SOD personnel are looking into using higher temperature lamps that provide a brighter light at the same energy consumption. Jagdish said that he is investigating the use of these lamps with O&M.

  1. 8/2/12 The work in the Dental School Atrium is complete. Terry will check with Noly on the status of the work in the Law School Tower and the Allied Health building. A suggestion was made to use full spectrum light bulbs.
  2. 1/23/12 SOP is still not completely satisfied with the SOP Addition, and is still adjusting to the highly automated lighting controls program for acceptable light levels. 

17-1. The suggestion was made to consider changes in the way data rooms are designed. Changes would include locating the rooms close to substations and using 480 v power, and using water cooled rack systems.

  1. 4/27/11Pam mentioned that the main issue in the data room was heat load that caused some racks did not have enough cooling. Maria mentioned that the type of rack used the Coppin State University’s data center was the self cooling rack. This cooling system minimizes the hot spots areas and ensures adequate cooling for each rack. Maria will find more information about this type of rack.
  2. 10/26/11 A suggestion was made to look at better ways of providing cooling and air distribution for the server rooms. Split systems are preferable to use of the water cooled Stoltz units.
  3. 1/25/12 Terry will ask John to look into these systems.
  4. 8/2/12 No change.
  5. 1/23/12  The Howard Hall hub data room will be expanded, not renovated, due to the constraints of downtime of the equipment.  Renovation projects (like BRB8) do not use water-cooled units due to the expense of bringing plumbing lines long distances. No project has yet come along with an available and convenient location for a data room to use water-cooled racks, but it is still an option on campus.

25-1. It was agreed that high reflective paint will be added to the A/E Design Standards for most locations. Terry Hollon will do this.

  1. 4/25/12 It was decided that a trial project should be done before the Design Standards are changed.
  2. 8/2/12 Terry will check with Terry Hollon on this.
  3. 1/23/12  This will be added to the new UMB masterspec for Paint.  This item is closed.

25-2. Terry Hollon will investigate the possibility of recycling carpet.

  1. 4/25/12 Terry reported that a dumpster is now on campus for old carpet. The directive to put all removed carpet in the dumpster must be incorporated in the AEC specs for all projects.
  2. 8/2/12 This item will be dropped.
  3. 1/23/12  A UMB master spec section for carpet recycling will be created and posted.  When the requirement for documented carpet recycling (by the contractor) is included in a project will be determined on a project-by-project basis.  (Please note: after the meeting Terry H checked with Vassie and we do not have a dumpster for UMB for campus-wide carpet recycling at this time.) 

27-1. The subject of the recent AIA Living Building Challenge was brought up. A suggestion to investigate the collection and reuse of rainwater was made. The SOL Courtyard was suggested as a trial location. It was mentioned that the design for the new Science and Technology Center at CSU include collection and use of rainwater for irrigation, and the use of waterless urinals.

  1. 8/2/12 It was mentioned that the new UB Law School is using a rain water collection system.
  2. 1/23/13 No update.

27-3. The concept of exploring the use of refrigerant turbine-powered generators to use the heat from steam condensate to generate electricity was suggested.

  1. 8/2/12 Jay will continue to study this.
  2. 1/23/13  Jay has reported that information on this idea has dried up on the internet, but will give it one more try.

28-1. The subject of the condition of the Recycling Center was discussed. Several suggestions were made for the building, including:

  • Replace it with a less expensive temporary structure, perhaps with photovoltaic roof panels.
  • Move the program to the Carter Center gym.
  • Build a new building around it and then demolish the structure.
  1. 1/23/13  The Recycling Center has been repaired and is functioning in it’s former capacity.

28-2. The subject of the proposed steam condensate heat recovery system for the Campus Center was discussed. It was mentioned that the study indicated a payback of only two years.

  1. 1/23/13  There are still no funds available for this project.

New Business

29-1. Due to the lack of funds, many sustainability projects do not get off the ground.  Jim P will look into possible Dept. of Energy (or other) Grants for sustainability projects.

29-2. BRB8 will probably be LEED Gold certified, the submittal is going in soon.  The LEED Certificate plaque for the suite was discussed.  It could be off-the-shelf, or use custom materials.  SOP now has their plaque in the lobby.  It is possible that design ideas for future plaques could be vetted in this committee.

Terry Hollon     
01/23/13

2012

Oct. 3, 2012

Meeting Notes

Campus Sustainability Steering Committee

Present:  R. Rowan (Facilities and Operations), C. Banks (Communications), R. Cook (SOM), B. Crockett (Staff Senate), P. Crowe (SOP), M. Drymala (Facilities Management), T. Green (Parking and Transportation), E. Ludeman (Academic Affairs), C. McKissick (Staff Senate), J. Phillips (SOD), B. Taylor (Facilities and Operations), G. Viola (O&M) 

Members of the West Lexington Community Association have met with campus leadership to discuss the possibility of creating a playing field on the grassy area across MLK; the group is also interested in a community garden. The project would be a joint effort with the community, the Sustainability Committee, and the University’s O&M department.

To continue moving forward in support of the creation of a sustainability office, a draft sustainability director job description has been forwarded to Vice President Byington for consideration, who will then forward a final document to President Perman for funding approval.

The BTU report is not available yet; awaiting additional information from BGE.

Moving forward with the gray-to-green initiative, several areas around campus will be turned green, including areas on Lexington Street and Pearl Street.

Committee Reports

Transportation and Teleworking: Tony Green, Chair 

A contract has been signed by ZimRide (an informal carpooling process). With assistance from the Communications Office, a plan to launch the new program should be initiated by the end of October. University of Baltimore and University of Maryland College Park currently uses ZimRide for their informal carpooling.

A parking demand study is currently underway to determine parking needs and to assess which method is most efficient to reduce cars on campus; the goal is to minimize the need to build a new garage.

Education and Awareness: Clare Banks, Chair

The sustainability workshops series has started; information about the workshops are posted on the website. A green map will be posted on the website and will outline all the campus green spaces.

Recycling signage needs to be consistent across campus. To accomplish this, a conversation will be held with the Signage Committee to determine how best to move forward.

Town Hall meetings are being held across campus. Led by A. Pleake-Tamm, the first big town hall meeting is scheduled for Oct. 9 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Lexington Building. Topics of discussion will include sustainability efforts in the Lexington Building and to get feedback from the building occupants about their concerns.

Design and Construction: Terry Morse, Chair

No new initiatives. The group meets quarterly. The elimination of all T12 lighting throughout the campus continues.

Operations: Vassie Hollamon, Chair

Discussions continue regarding next steps for the Recycle Building that was impacted due to the 2011 earthquake. One long-term idea would be to move the operations to Metro West (in about two years); however, decisions will need to be made on what to do in the short-term. M. Drymala was introduced to the group as the person who will run the Recycle Program.

New Business

According to Staff Senator Carol McKissick , the scientific equipment proposal has moved through the Procurement process and is now officially an RFP. The purpose of the RFP is to locate organizations who are able to inventory scientific equipment across the campus and tag and label the equipment as well as to identify service contracts and maintenance for the equipment.

In the last SGA meeting, students discussed the possibility of an initiative that would allocate fees towards sustainability initiatives. The item will be discussed again at the November meeting.

The School of Dentistry will have two tons of batteries that will need to be recycled.

M. Drymala is working to increase the size of the small recycle bins, adequate and appropriate recycling signage/posters, and workshops about recycling for housekeepers.

The next meeting will be on Nov. 7 at 11 a.m. in GR-001 of the Saratoga Building. 

B. Taylor
10/04/2012

Sept. 5, 2012

Meeting Notes

Campus Sustainability Steering Committee

Present:  R. Rowan (Facilities and Operations), C. Banks (Communications), D. Choiniere (UMMC), R. Cook (SOM), B. Crockett (Staff Senate), P. Crowe (SOP), M. Drymala (Facilities Management), T. Green (Parking and Transportation), M. Hohing (SOL), V. Hollamon (O&M), K. McManus (Academic Affairs), S. O’Connor (USGA), J. Phillips (SOD), A. Pleake-Tamm (O&M), G. Severance (SSW), B. Taylor (Facilities and Operations), G. Viola (O&M)

To continue moving forward in support of the creation of a sustainability office, a draft sustainability director job description has been created and is currently under review. Once completed, the document will be forward to Vice President Byington for consideration.

The BTU report was distributed for review.

Committee Reports

Transportation and Teleworking: Tony Green, Chair

The UM Shuttle is up and running. An RFP for Rideshare has gone to procurement for next steps.

Education and Awareness: Clare Banks, Chair

Approximately 17 workshops have been planned over the next 12 months. Publicity and planning is underway for the upcoming Fall Fest. Town Hall meetings are being developed. Green Leaders have been identified from the School of Law. Also 150 water bottles will be purchased by USGA to give away during the Fall Fest.

Design and Construction: Terry Morse, Chair

The group continues to look for opportunities to reuse furnishings and to recycle carpet. Re-commissioning efforts are complete for the Pharmacy Learning Center; Howard Hall is next. Also, the lighting retrofits for the SOL are complete. Excess supplies and materials are beginning to accumulate again in the Lexington Garage.

Operations: Vassie Hollamon, Chair

Discussions continue regarding next steps for the Recycle Building that was impacted due to the 2011 earthquake. One long-term idea would be to move the operations to Metro West (in about two years); however, decisions will need to be made on what to do in the short-term. M. Drymala was introduced to the group as the person who will run the Recycle Program.

New Business

Sustainability is one of the USGA’s themes. S. O’Connor would be interested in exploring a student initiative that would allocate fees towards sustainability initiatives. She has invited B. Rowan and other members of the committee to attend the next USGA meeting scheduled for September 12th to discuss the initiative and to also explain to students the renewable energy concept.

D. Choinere is working with the President’s Office to get kids to the Farmer’s Market. She also explained that the Healthy Cities kickoff is Sept. 25 and the University Farmer’s Market will be used as a backdrop for the kickoff.

An art exhibit will open at the SMCCC at the end of September and will run until Nov. 1 regarding childhood hunger. The art will be displayed on the second floor of the Campus Center.

bCycle will be demonstrating the bike rack program for anyone who would be interested in sponsoring the program. The combined cost of the program is $50,000 (over five years) or 10 spaces. For additional information, contact K. McManus at kmcmanus@umaryland.edu.

The next meeting will be on Oct. 3, 2012 at 11 a.m., in GR-001 of the Saratoga Building.

B. Taylor
09/07/2012

Aug. 2, 2012

Meeting Notes

Design and Construction Sub-Committee

Attendees: Terry Morse, Rob Cook, John Phillips, Jay Baughan, Maria Prawirodihardjo

Committee Members not in attendance:  Pam Crowe, Khosrow Vaghari, Lynn Bartell, Jeff Crabtree, Jim Peach, Mary Alice Hohing, Terry Hollon

Old Business

1-2 It was suggested that UMB embark on an incubator project whereby office and lab spaces be created that are fully occupied, but incorporate systems and design approaches that can be used to test various alternative designs, materials, and systems that have the potential for energy savings and/or the use of green building materials. Possible locations include the top floor of the Lexington Garage and other currently vacant SOM offices and labs.

  1. 4/25/12 Work stations and furniture is being used on BRB 8th floor project. Terry will ask Doug about the status of the animal cages.
  2. 8/2/12 The suggestion was made to use casework from the BRB 7th floor project (not rooms 747 or 749) for the School of Pharmacy 5th and 6th floor project.

2-5 It was mentioned that the Green Committee at UMMS is doing some very innovative things, and our committee should arrange a meeting with them.

  1. 8/2/12 Terry Hollon is attending the Green Team meetings. It was mentioned that UMMS is recycling all of their carpet. They shared the name of the vendor they use.

5-2 Mary Alice stated that there are a couple of rooms in the SOL where occupancy sensors could be installed as test areas. Terry will talk to Gary Viola about these locations.

  1. 10/26/11 Noly is working on the project to provide occupancy sensors in classrooms with wireless microphones and other equipment which are sensitive to the operation of the sensors. He is evaluating the available products for suitability.
  2. 8/2/12 Terry will check on the status of the project. It was reported that the Dental School is installing timers on the dental chairs to de-energize them during unoccupied hours. They will be installed in the fall. Also, they have installed filtered water coolers in the office areas to reduce bottled water usage.

8-1 Jagdish and Terry discussed the existing building re-commissioning effort underway in Facilities. In an effort to reduce energy costs, Facilities Management is embarking on a program to re-commission every existing campus building. They have started with a small location first to develop the process and identify the magnitude of the cost and labor effort needed. The first installation is the Penn Street Garage office suite. Mary Alice suggested that the next place to work on could be the Grand Garage office suite, since that area has a very inefficient, and ineffective, HVAC system.

  1. 8/2/12 The work in the PLC is continuing. Control issues were discovered that are being corrected. A draft scope for Howard Hall Re-commissioning has been prepared and circulated for comments. Jay will send the scope to Rob Cook for his review.

16-3. Pam reported that one of the most significant visual impacts of the LEED certified SOP Addition will be the noticeably reduced lighting levels in the building. She noted that all lab areas will utilize task lighting as well. John mentioned that the SOD personnel are looking into using higher temperature lamps that provide a brighter light at the same energy consumption. Jagdish said that he is investigating the use of these lamps with O&M.

  1. 8/2/12 The work in the Dental School Atrium is complete. Terry will check with Noly on the status of the work in the Law School Tower and the Allied Health building. A suggestion was made to use full spectrum light bulbs.

17-1. The suggestion was made to consider changes in the way data rooms are designed. Changes would include locating the rooms close to substations and using 480 v power, and using water cooled rack systems.

  1. 4/27/11Pam mentioned that the main issue in the data room was heat load that caused some racks did not have enough cooling. Maria mentioned that the type of rack used the Coppin State University’s data center was the self cooling rack. This cooling system minimizes the hot spots areas and ensures adequate cooling for each rack. Maria will find more information about this type of rack.
  2. 10/26/11 A suggestion was made to look at better ways of providing cooling and air distribution for the server rooms. Split systems are preferable to use of the water cooled Stoltz units.
  3. 1/25/12 Terry will ask John to look into these systems.
  4. 8/2/12 No change.

25-1. It was agreed that high reflective paint will be added to the A/E Design Standards for most locations. Terry Hollon will do this.

  1. 4/25/12 It was decided that a trial project should be done before the Design Standards are changed.
  2. 8/2/12 Terry will check with Terry Hollon on this.

25-2. Terry Hollon will investigate the possibility of recycling carpet.

  1. 4/25/12 Terry reported that a dumpster is now on campus for old carpet. The directive to put all removed carpet in the dumpster must be incorporated in the AEC specs for all projects.
  2. 8/2/12 This item will be dropped.

27-1. The subject of the recent AIA Living Building Challenge was brought up. A suggestion to investigate the collection and reuse of rainwater was made. The SOL Courtyard was suggested as a trial location. It was mentioned that the design for the new Science and Technology Center at CSU include collection and use of rainwater for irrigation, and the use of waterless urinals.

  1. 8/2/12 It was mentioned that the new UB Law School is using a rain water collection system.

27-2. It was mentioned that the use of wireless solar powered alarms for freezers are being investigated for use in the design of the 8th floor of BRB. Also, the Biosafety Cabinets for the project are specified with energy efficient motors, and the autoclaves have a water saving feature included. The design is striving for a LEED Gold certification.

  1. 8/2/12 This item will be dropped.

27-3. The concept of exploring the use of refrigerant turbine-powered generators to use the heat from steam condensate to generate electricity was suggested.

  1. 8/2/12 Jay will continue to study this.

New Business

28-1. The subject of the condition of the Recycling Center was discussed. Several suggestions were made for the building, including:

  • Replace it with a less expensive temporary structure, perhaps with photovoltaic roof panels.
  • Move the program to the Carter Center gym.
  • Build a new building around it and then demolish the structure.

28-2. The subject of the proposed steam condensate heat recovery system for the Campus Center was discussed. It was mentioned that the study indicated a payback of only two years.

Terry Morse
08/31/2012

April 25, 2012

Meeting Notes

Design and Construction Sub-committee

Attendees: Terry Morse, Rob Cook, John Phillips, Jeff Crabtree, Jay Baughan, Jim Peach, Terry Hollon
Committee Members not in attendance:  Pam Crowe, Khosrow Vaghari, Mary Alice Hohing, Lynn Bartell, Maria Prawirodihardjo

Old Business

1-2 It was suggested that UMB embark on an incubator project whereby office and lab spaces be created that are fully occupied, but incorporate systems and design approaches that can be used to test various alternative designs, materials, and systems that have the potential for energy savings and/or the use of green building materials. Possible locations include the top floor of the Lexington Garage and other currently vacant SOM offices and labs.

  1. 1/25/12 Casework from the stockpile in Lexington Garage or from the old Dental School is being reused where possible on renovation projects.
  2. 4/25/12 Work stations and furniture is being used on BRB 8th floor project. Terry will ask Doug about the status of the animal cages.

2-5 It was mentioned that the Green Committee at UMMS is doing some very innovative things, and our committee should arrange a meeting with them.

  1. 4/25/12 Terry Hollon is attending the Green Team meetings. Terry reported that the big topic at the meetings is recycling. They are also looking at the possible use of occupancy sensors and lighting controls. They are using solar sensors to control automatic water faucets in the restrooms. They are scheduling a tour of the Baltimore City Recycling Center. Their new Energy Manager gave a presentation on the breakdown of the energy usage of the UMMS facilities by categories.

5-2 Mary Alice stated that there are a couple of rooms in the SOL where occupancy sensors could be installed as test areas. Terry will talk to Gary Viola about these locations.

  1. 10/26/11 Noly is working on the project to provide occupancy sensors in classrooms with wireless microphones and other equipment which are sensitive to the operation of the sensors. He is evaluating the available products for suitability.
  2. 4/25/12 The sensors will be installed after the exams are completed.

8-1 Jagdish and Terry discussed the existing building re-commissioning effort underway in Facilities. In an effort to reduce energy costs, Facilities Management is embarking on a program to re-commission every existing campus building. They have started with a small location first to develop the process and identify the magnitude of the cost and labor effort needed. The first installation is the Penn Street Garage office suite. Mary Alice suggested that the next place to work on could be the Grand Garage office suite, since that area has a very inefficient, and ineffective, HVAC system.

  1. 10/26/11 Re-commissioning of the Penn St. Garage office is complete. Re-commissioning of the Pharmacy Learning Center is underway with construction documents ready for bidding. Howard Hall is the next building. A scope to hire an A/E is being written.
  2. 4/25/12 The work in the PLC is expected to be completed by early June. A draft scope for Howard Hall Re-commissioning has been prepared and circulated for comments. Jay will schedule a meeting to review and finalize the scope.

16-3. Pam reported that one of the most significant visual impacts of the LEED certified SOP Addition will be the noticeably reduced lighting levels in the building. She noted that all lab areas will utilize task lighting as well. John mentioned that the SOD personnel are looking into using higher temperature lamps that provide a brighter light at the same energy consumption. Jagdish said that he is investigating the use of these lamps with O&M.

  1. 10/26/11 Projects to investigate the economics of replacing the lighting in the Dental School atrium, and the Law School tower are underway. The School of Nursing auditorium has been added to the list of projects.
  2. 4/25/12 The work in the Dental School Atrium is complete. The work in the Law School Tower is underway. 

17-1. The suggestion was made to consider changes in the way data rooms are designed. Changes would include locating the rooms close to substations and using 480 v power, and using water cooled rack systems.

  1. 4/27/11 Pam mentioned that the main issue in the data room was heat load that caused some racks did not have enough cooling. Maria mentioned that the type of rack used the Coppin State University’s data center was the self cooling rack. This cooling system minimizes the hot spots areas and ensures adequate cooling for each rack. Maria will find more information about this type of rack.
  2. 10/26/11 A suggestion was made to look at better ways of providing cooling and air distribution for the server rooms. Split systems are preferable to use of the water cooled Stoltz units.
  3. 1/25/12 Terry will ask John to look into these systems.
  4. 4/25/12 No change.

25-1. It was agreed that high reflective paint will be added to the A/E Design Standards for most locations. Terry Hollon will do this.

  1. 4/25/12 It was decided that a trial project should be done before the Design Standards are changed.

25-2. Terry Hollon will investigate the possibility of recycling carpet.

  1. 4/25/12 Terry reported that a dumpster is now on campus for old carpet. The directive to put all removed carpet in the dumpster must be incorporated in the AEC specs for all projects.

New Business

27-1. The subject of the recent AIA Living Building Challenge was brought up. A suggestion to investigate the collection and reuse of rainwater was made. The SOL Courtyard was suggested as a trial location. It was mentioned that the design for the new Science and Technology Center at CSU include collection and use of rainwater for irrigation, and the use of waterless urinals.

27-2. It was mentioned that the use of wireless solar powered alarms for freezers are being investigated for use in the design of the 8th floor of BRB. Also, the Biosafety Cabinets for the project are specified with energy efficient motors, and the autoclaves have a water saving feature included. The design is striving for a LEED Gold certification.

27-3. The concept of exploring the use of refrigerant turbine-powered generators to use the heat from steam condensate to generate electricity was suggested.

Terry Morse
06/04/2012

March 7, 2012

Meeting Notes

Campus Sustainability Steering Committee

Present:  R. Rowan (Facilities and Operations), C. Banks (Communications), M. Couri (SSW Student), B. Crockett (Staff Senate), T. Fahey (SON), A. Fowler-Young (Capital Budget and Planning), T. Green (Parking), V. Hollamon (O&M), E. Ludeman (Academic Affairs), K. McManus (Academic Affairs), T. Morse (AEC), A. Pleake-Tamm (O&M), B. Taylor (Facilities and Operations), G. Viola (O&M) 

One of the student representatives made a request to change the Campus Sustainability Committee meetings to 9:30 instead of 11:00 a.m. to accommodate her school schedule. The group will be polled to determine if this request can be met.

The December utility report showed the degree days 30 percent lower for this year than 2010; BTUs did not change proportionately, however. Once the temperatures exceed 55 degrees, the air conditioners are turned on; thus, steam is down, but electricity is up.

B. Rowan and B. Taylor spoke to a representative of a start-up company called true2o, which leases water bottles--he will pick up, clean and sterilize, and refill the bottles and then make them available to the user who can get the water containers and dispose of them at a recycle location to be re-sterilized for reuse. The cost of this process would be about $20 per month per person. It was determined that there would not be much interest in this process, and the project will not be pursued.

The Take Back the Tap campaign will begin soon. The reusable stainless steel bottles have been ordered, the contract amendments have been sent to Jay’s and Crema Coffee; a meeting has been scheduled with Barnes & Noble to talk about selling the cups in the bookstore. Water fountains near each of the food vendors will be outfitted to allow for the refill of water bottles. The advertising campaign will advocate for drinking tap water and to limit the purchase of disposable water bottles.

SSW recently held a taste test with its students where they compared tap water to bottled water. The students could identify no difference in the water as long as the water was cold; comments about warm water indicated that students believed the (tap) water had a noticeably different taste.

On several occasions in the Southern Management Corporation Campus Center’s bathrooms, it has been noted that the toilet water was discolored; sometimes the sink water was noted to be discolored also. It was explained that when this happens there is usually an issue in the line, not with the water, and that the line needs to be flushed; there is no need for filters to be installed as this would give the impression that there was a problem with the water.

The telework policy has been approved for exempt employees and can now be found on the HRS website.

The smoking policy goes to the President within the next week. Once signed, the no-smoking signage will need to be installed, advertising about the policy will begin, and the plan is to develop a smoking cessation program for staff and students that will be free of charge. The Medical Center and the VA were part of the formulation of the smoking policy and with determining the location for eight designated smoking sites.

The plans to create a community garden, in conjunction with Washington Elementary School, have been discontinued; B. Sturdivant is working with another school in the area that has open space to work with.

A planning committee that includes UM and UMMC are working to address the parking demands campus-wide over the next few years; it is anticipated that by 2015, there will be an increased need for approximately 1,500 spaces (mostly hospital parkers). A major goal of the group is to avoid building a new garage. A survey is under development that will ask the campus how likely they would be to use public transportation if there was a commuter bus stop on campus. Once the committee is able to gauge ridership, a meeting will be scheduled with MTA representatives to talk about the possibility of adding commuter bus stops directly within the campus boundaries.

The Green Room hosted a presentation on composting. Currently Bon Apetite recycles oil and cans but the costs to compost are extremely expensive. Unlike other college campuses, the University does not have a food plan program that could potentially offset some of the costs to compost. K. McManus will develop the costs to compost and then will ask students if they would be interested in paying for the process.

Discussions regarding how to fund projects or initiatives that the Sustainability Committee thinks would enhance the campus revealed that the group has never had a budget created to fund any initiatives which prevents the group from moving forward with major sustainability efforts. A. Fowler-Young suggested that in order to make the necessity for a dedicated sustainability budget a campus priority, the group would need to develop a clear and concise plan of action; this plan should include benchmarking other universities and institutions (C. Banks has already done some benchmarking), and a master list that prioritizes suggested initiatives. 

The committee agreed to develop a master list that would be prioritized, the impact any initiative would have on the campus, a suggested budget, and the benefit to the campus. Tentatively, the list includes a shuttle bus, MTA subsidies, composting, and a full time sustainability manager. R. Rowan will develop a list of initiatives to present to the group at its April meeting. It was also suggested that to develop a budget, the group could look for grant opportunities that would enhance any finances from the campus and work with students to give them an opportunity to volunteer.

Committee Reports

Transportation and Teleworking: Tony Green, Chair

Two new carpool groups have been added to the program. One of the Hertz Connect cars will be replaced with one that will be more fuel efficient.

Education and Awareness: Clare Banks, Chair

The Green Room workshop series has been very successful; there are two workshops left in the series. The Take Back the Tap campaign will kick off during the Earth Day Celebration which is scheduled for April 20, 2012 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.. Also, this group is working with B. Sturdivant to plant fruit trees at some of the area schools.

Design and Construction: Terry Morse, Chair

Work is ongoing that includes lighting retrofits.

Operations: Vassie Hollamon, Chair

Recycle rate for 2011 is 45.57 percent that includes 176 tons of paper, 25 tones of electronics, and 20 tons of white goods (furniture, etc.) The carpet recycle program will begin with the carpet being removed from WPC. Changing the 0.50 acres of hard surfaces around campus to permeable space will begin soon.

New Business

The University will hold its annual Wellness Fair at the end of the month, the Sustainability Committee along with Parking and Transportation Services will host a table.

The next meeting will be on April 4, 2012 at 11 a.m. in GR-001 of the Saratoga Building.

B. Taylor
03/08/2012

Feb. 1, 2012

Meeting Notes

Campus Sustainability Steering Committee

Present:  R. Rowan (Facilities and Operations), C. Banks (Communications), D. Choiniere (UMMC), B. Crockett (Academic Affairs), T. Fahey (SON), J. Graves (UMMC), T. Green (Parking), M. Hohing (SOL), V. Hollamon (O&M), E. Ludeman (Academic Affairs),  J. Phillips (SOD),  G. Robinson (SOM),  H. Strassler (Faculty Senate), B. Taylor (Facilities and Operations), G. Viola (O&M)

Thanks to the terrific efforts of T. Green, the ribbon cutting ceremony showcasing the newly installed electric charging stations was a success. Two cars were charged successfully, and all stations are up and running.

R. Rowan and C. Banks met with two food vendors on campus who have agreed to sell stainless steel water bottles with the University’s logo. In addition, refill stations will be installed near the food.

The telework policy is has been held up due to Union negotiations. The decision has been made to remove the non-exempt sections so that the policy can move forward until negotiations can be resolved. The updated version of the policy will move forward to the president’s office for review and signature. HRS will schedule supervisor training to help familiarize everyone on the policy.

Anyone interested in attending the Annual Smart and Sustainable Conference being held in College Park in April should let R. Rowan know; he will forward information about the conference.

A meeting has been scheduled with B. Sturdivant, A. Fowler-Young, and parents of the George Washington Elementary School to explore the development of a community garden.

Meetings are currently underway with the UMMC regarding current and future parking demand. With the upcoming opening of the new Shock Trauma addition, the acquisition of 300 W. Fayette Street, and the construction of HSF III, the impact to the parking program is significant. UM and UMMC are meeting to determine how best to manage the growth in parking demand as well as how to address sustainability and demand.

Committee Reports

Transportation and Teleworking: Tony Green, Chair

Now that the charging stations have been installed and activated, the next phase will be to aggressively advertise the program to the campus. Additional focus will now be to expand/advertise the car pool program and other current transportation programs to make them more active and more efficient.

Education and Awareness: Clare Banks, Chair

The Green Room workshop series has begun. The first workshop will be held on Wednesday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and will include recycling. In addition, this group has been active in publicizing the charging stations, has hosted several sustainability workshops, and is making final preparations to publicize the Take Back The Tap campaign. Events surrounding the upcoming Earth Day Celebration are currently being explored, which include some collaboration with the Medical Center’s events.

Design and Construction: Terry Morse, Chair

Work is ongoing that includes lighting retrofits and finalizing the selection of water filling vendors to provide information to Procurement for selection. This group is also looking into the possibility of recycling carpet as well as the use of highly reflective paint in designated hallways/stairwells to increase lighting.

Operations: Vassie Hollamon, Chair

Interviews are underway to hire staff to support the Special Events section of Operations and Maintenance. The specifications for the Recycle Supervisor position are under review; a key issue is whether to change the position title to that of Coordinator. The All Stars recycle report will be completed by March 2012 and submitted to USM. Because requests for document destruction has increased significantly (annual costs now are at $15,000), consideration is being given to the purchase of a shredder which will allow all paper on campus to be shredded and baled. The cost of this equipment is approximately $100,000.

New Business

B. Crockett is putting together a Bike Expo during Earth Day that would include workshops on bike repair, lockers, and other biking information. The Medical Center is interested in combining efforts.

The 2012 Farmers Market is looking to accept the EBT (food stamps) card. J. Graves, RN, who works with the UMMC Sustainability Office, is working on developing funding to support the program.

The next meeting will be on March 7, 2012 at 11 a.m. in GR-001 of the Saratoga Building.

B. Taylor
02/03/2012

Jan. 3, 2012

Meeting Notes

Campus Sustainability Steering Committee

Present:  R. Rowan (Facilities and Operations), C. Banks (Communications), P. Crowe (SOP), T. Fahey (SON), T. Green (Parking), V. Hollamon (O&M), T. Morse (AEC)), H. Strassler (Faculty Senate), B. Taylor (Facilities and Operations), G. Viola (O&M) 

The updated Climate Action Plan has been approved by President Perman.

R. Rowan and C. Banks made a presentation before the Faculty Senate on December 20 which highlighted green initiatives and to get interest in including sustainability in faculty curriculums. 

The Central Maryland Transportation Alliance is lobbying to improve the MARC service to include weekends, late nights, and off-peak express service. B. Rowan and T. Green will meet to discuss the impact this would have on the campus.

The telework policy is on hold due to Union negotiations. The issue will be reviewed following the conclusions of the negotiations.

The webinar held on December 22 to discuss sustainability, i.e., waste management, carbon footprint software. The group opted not to purchase the software.

Committee Reports

Transportation and Teleworking: Tony Green, Chair

All of the electric charging stations have been installed. An unveiling is planned for January 31 at 9:30 a.m. that would include comments by President Perman, B. Rowan, and R. Milner; activation of the units will occur prior to the unveiling. A charge pass is required to use the system, which is free and available in the Parking Office.

Education and Awareness: Clare Banks, Chair

Green Room has hosted several sustainability workshops. The Tap Water campaign is being finalized. The committee also is currently working on promoting several sustainability efforts that include the charging stations and the battery recycle program.

Design and Construction: Terry Morse, Chair

The group has had no meetings since October; the next meeting is scheduled for January 2012. Work is ongoing that includes lighting retrofits and finalizing the selection of water filling vendors to provide information to Procurement for selection. This group is also looking into the possibility of recycling carpet as well as the use of highly reflective paint in designated hallways/stairwells to increase lighting.

Operations: Vassie Hollamon, Chair

A newly created Battery Recycle Program is underway. Buckets will be available for offices and in the lab support common areas campus-wide. Items to be recycled include batteries, printer cartridges, and phones.

New Business

The next meeting will be on February 1, 2012 at 11 a.m. in GR-001 of the Saratoga Building. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday!

B. Taylor
01/05/2012

2011

Sept. 6, 2011

Meeting Notes

Campus Sustainability Steering Committee

Present: R. Rowan (Facilities and Operations), C. Banks (OEA), A. Fowler-Young (Capital Budget and Planning), T. Green (Parking), V. Hollamon (FM), C. Mckissick (Staff Senate), K. McManus (Academic Affairs), T. Morse (AEC), J. Phillips (SOD), G. Robinson (SOM), G. Severance (SSW) H. Strassler (Faculty Senate), B. Taylor (Facilities and Operations)

Emilie Ludeman, Academic Affairs, has been added to the committee membership. Carol McKissick, Vice President of the Staff Senate attended the meeting for Bill Crockett of the Staff Senate.

R. Rowan met with President Perman on August 10 to discuss the goals and objectives of the Campus Sustainability Committee. Perman was not the original president who signed the President's Climate Commitment; however, it was important to determine if Perman was in support of the goals and accomplishments of the committee. After some discussion, Perman expressed his support of the committee as he envisions himself and the campus as a leader in sustainability.

R. Rowan and Perman also discussed the likelihood of the campus obtaining climate neutrality by 2050, the pros and cons of REC's and renewable energy, the current committee structure, hiring a full-time sustainability person (which is unlikely for this year), office space requirements, LEED certification, green procurement, alternative transportation, the new GoGreen web page, and resources to fund initiatives. He asked if it was going to be identified in the Strategic Plan as a goal.

A "Buy Green" page that provides links to vendors who offer green materials is now available on the Procurement web page. This link will also be added to the GoGreen page.

A meeting has been scheduled for sub-committee chairs to update the 2009 Climate Action Plan.

The annual Fall Festival is scheduled for September 16, and the Committee will once again host a table of information along with the Parking and Transportation Services. Give-a-ways will include a daffodil bulb that can be planted in a pre-determined location on the Greene Street side of the HS/HSL and a ribbon to pin on that demonstrates that the person has planted a bulb. Also, posters will be available that will highlight initiatives and how to get involved in sustainability. A "get involved" tree poster also will be available that will allow people to place a thumb print onto the poster which symbolizes a commitment to sustainability.

Committee Reports

Transportation and Teleworking: Tony Green, Chair

Still awaiting Procurement's approval for the requisition for 10 electric vehicle charging stations. Following approval, the plan is to move forward with installation of the 10 new electric charging stations. Signage will be installed at the entrance to all garages and well as where the stations will be located.

Following meetings with SOL, University Counsel, Procurement, and the Hertz-On-Demand representative, an agreement has been reached for students in the SOL to use Hertz vehicles during their clinical programs. This pilot program will move forward within the next few weeks. Students will be able to use one of three cars presently located on campus, and as utilization increases, so will the number of available cars which may include an electric car once the charging stations are installed. The goal is to initiate this program across campus to reduce the need for students to have cars on campus.

Education and Awareness: Clare Banks, Chair

The GoGreen site is now live; extensive publicity was initiated on Aug. 29, which was the go live date. Response to the site has been great. In response to the many suggestions that have been received thus far, a sustainability page is being created that will house the responses and suggestions in one place.

Fall Festival is September 16 at the Campus Center, and the Sustainability Committee will have a table available with two laptops to allow for the viewing of the web page.

Students are being encouraged to sign up for the UM alerts text messaging feature where they can also sign up to receive green tips of the month via text.

Social media such as Facebook and Twitter are being considered as methods to distribute sustainability information; however, to incorporate those features into the web page requires resources.

Design and Construction: Terry Morse, Chair

No meeting was held in August; however, the group continues to move forward with initiatives that include tracking when materials from other projects can be re-used. To date, case work from the old Dental School building has been reused in another project.

The group continues to explore innovative ideas that include the use of luminescent paint in stairwells with windows, an in-house study of the availability of funding grants, and the economical advantages of lighting in SOD and SOL to increase energy efficiency.

Operations: Vassie Hollamon, Chair

The recent earthquake damaged the recycling building which may need to be demolished (jersey walls currently block the building for safety). Because the building is currently unusable, the program is severely hampered and the process to tear down and rebuild a new facility may take up to a year to complete.

Working with Rupert Brothers, this group plans to remove 0.50 acre of hard surface around campus to remake the areas soft surfaces. The goal is to solicit the campus to help with planting.

The AASHE annual meeting will be held in October 2011 in Pittsburgh. Sessions are designed to encourage student and faculty involvement. Towards that end, the Operations Committee is working to restructure its format to include more faculty/staff participation.

A meeting was held with a renewable energy company to discuss a utility scale renewable facility, which is a big expense but potentially has a huge payback. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss how to decouple this probable $60 million facility from the campus debt affordability.

The retrofit of lighting continues.

New Business

The campus telework policy is currently tied up with University Counsel; a meeting has been scheduled with the working group to determine how best to move this policy forward.

C. McKissick is working to develop a central database for scientific equipment that will detail items that can be reused or recycled. Part of the creation of this database would help when determining how best to consolidate purchases to allow resources to be used in other areas. Although some of the equipment within this database would be capital equipment, the focus of the database is not on cost but on use. More details to follow.

K. McManus distributed a list of upcoming student initiatives that will be held in the Campus Center Green Room that is being coordinated through the Wellness Hub.

Living wall, which is a vertical gardening, is held in the Green Room. The focus of the vertical gardening is to teach students what they can do to support sustainability after they leave school.

A SOD student has sports themed art on display at the Campus Center.

Representatives from the Charm City Circulator as well as Hertz will be on hand during the Fall Festival at the Parking Office table.

The SOD has been able to sell several hundred computers and some equipment through the govedeals.com site that is available through Procurement.

The next meeting will be on October 5, 2011 at 11 a.m. in GR-001 of the Saratoga Building.

B. Taylor
09/07/2011