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Overall Score 66.74
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Submission Date Oct. 20, 2014
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Pennsylvania State University
OP-3: Building Operations and Maintenance

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

A brief description of the green building rating system(s) used and/or a list or sample of certified buildings and ratings:
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Total floor area of eligible building space (operations and maintenance):
20,490,517 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that is certified at each level under a 4-tier rating system for existing buildings used by an Established Green Building Council::
Certified Floor Area
Minimum Level (e.g. LEED Certified) 0 Square Feet
3rd Highest Level (e.g. LEED Silver) 0 Square Feet
2nd Highest Level (e.g. LEED Gold) 0 Square Feet
Highest Achievable Level (e.g. LEED Platinum) 0 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that is certified at each level under a 3-tier rating system for existing buildings used by an Established Green Building Council::
Certified Floor Area
Minimum Level 0 Square Feet
Mid-Level 0 Square Feet
Highest Achievable Level 0 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that is certified at each level under a 5-tier rating system for existing buildings used by an Established Green Building Council::
Certified Floor Area
Minimum Level 0 Square Feet
4th Highest Level 0 Square Feet
Mid-Level 0 Square Feet
2nd Highest Level 0 Square Feet
Highest Achievable Level 0 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that is certified at any level under other green building rating systems for existing buildings:
0 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that is maintained in accordance with formally adopted sustainable building operations and maintenance guidelines or policies, but NOT certified:
20,490,517 Square Feet

A copy of the sustainable building operations and maintenance guidelines or policies:
The date the guidelines or policies were formally adopted:
Jan. 10, 2011

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

Although Penn State does not certify buildings under LEED for Existing Buildings: O&M, sustainability principles are infused into all aspect of maintenance and operation of buildings. Multiple policies and practices address this:

Campus Grounds & Master Plan - http://www.opp.psu.edu/planning-construction/master-plans/university-park-campus-master-plan

Energy Conservation Policy (AD64) - http://guru.psu.edu/policies/AD64.html

Continuous Commissioning, Energy Savings Program & Energy Conservation Measures - http://www.opp.psu.edu/services/energy/energy-projects-jze

Penn State has building level energy and water metering. For 50 of the highest energy-use buildings, real-time energy use data is collected to monitor consumption, conduct detailed energy analysis and provide for demand response.

Penn State's Purchasing Department has a several programs centered around environmentally preferable materials.
http://sustainability.psu.edu/live/what-penn-state-doing/infrastructure/green-purchasing

Recycling Policy (AD34) - http://guru.psu.edu/policies/AD34.html

Indoor Air Quality - See credit OP-3

Water/Stormwater - http://www.opp.psu.edu/about-opp/divisions/ee/engineering/eng-resources/psu-initiatives.pdf

Penn State has Blue Cleaning Guidelines aimed to reduce exposure of personnel and occupants to potentially hazardous products, equipment or procedures.
http://www.opp.psu.edu/intranet/bg/processes/Penn%20State%20Blue%20Cleaning%20Manual.pdf/view


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

Technical staff are trained based on the policies and guidelines in place. Staff are held accountable for following sustainability practices. Sustainability is a component of the annual performance review for all staff, which includes supervisors. Units develop Quality Service Action Plans annually to address specific issues.

As part of a greater Finance & Business effort, sustainability has been included in unit level strategic planning.


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

Although there is not a single sustainability Building O&M document, multiple policies, guidelines and practices exist at Penn State that address all the criteria.

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