Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.42
Liaison Gina Talt
Submission Date Aug. 25, 2021

STARS v2.2

Princeton University
OP-4: Building Operations and Maintenance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 5.00 Patricia Devine
Sustainability Architectural Engineer
Office of Capital Projects
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Total floor area of existing building space:
9,628,405 Square Feet

Floor area of existing building space operated and maintained in accordance with a sustainable management policy/program and/or a green building rating system:
Existing floor area
Certified at the highest achievable level under a multi-attribute, Green Building Council (GBC) rating system focused on the operations and maintenance of existing buildings (e.g., LEED O+M Platinum) 0 Square Feet
Certified at the 2nd highest level under a 4- or 5-tier, multi-attribute, GBC rating system focused on the operations and maintenance of existing buildings (e.g., LEED O+M Gold) 0 Square Feet
Certified at mid-level under a 3- or 5-tier, multi-attribute, GBC rating system focused on the operations and maintenance of existing buildings (e.g., BREEAM-In Use Very Good) 0 Square Feet
Certified at a step above minimum level under a 4 -or 5–tier, multi-attribute, GBC rating system focused on the operations and maintenance of existing buildings (e.g., LEED O+M Silver) 0 Square Feet
Certified at minimum level under a multi-attribute, GBC rating system focused on the operations and maintenance of existing buildings (e.g., BREEAM In-Use Pass or LEED O+M Certified) 0 Square Feet
Certified at any level under a non-GBC rating system or single-attribute rating system focused on the operations and maintenance of existing buildings 0 Square Feet
Operated and maintained in accordance with a multi-attribute, sustainable management policy/program, but not certified under an O+M rating system 9,628,405 Square Feet
Operated and maintained in accordance with a single-attribute, sustainable management policy/program, but not certified under an O+M rating system
 0 Square Feet
Total 9,628,405 Square Feet

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

A brief description of the sustainable operations and maintenance policy/program and/or O+M rating system(s) used:

Princeton University operates and maintains buildings as they relate to the following internal guidelines:

Energy Management: The University has goals to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions from 2008 levels by 37 percent by 2026, and by 100 percent by 2046 (with a focus on fossil-free operations by 2046). Princeton works aggressively to reduce the amount of energy used by the campus, investing $30 million in building energy conservation efforts over the next 10 years. Facilities works to design, operate and maintain energy systems and processes that meet or exceed the sustainability goals of the University. The energy management plan is not a single project, but a strategic and tactical effort consisting of many individual projects, both long and short-term. Initiatives include energy auditing/screening, energy metering projects, energy management projects, maintenance projects, construction projects, and operational refinements.

Water management: The University has goals to reduce water usage from 2008 levels by 11 percent by 2026, and by 26 percent by 2046. Water-saving initiatives are pursued both on a campus-wide basis and on a project by project basis. To date, these initiatives have included campus-wide installations of low-flow fixtures, more efficient dishwaters and clothes washers, tray-free dining in dining halls, athletic irrigation systems and more. Water usage is tracked on a monthly basis from data collected from submeters installed in campus buildings, as well as the campus energy plant. Princeton’s Facilities Finance and Administrative Services (FFAS) department regularly audits the monthly data for abnormal usage.

Indoor Air Quality: The University has a program to address indoor air quality (IAQ) concerns that is jointly managed between the Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) and the Facilities Operations group. Occupants generally report air quality concerns directly to Facilities Operations as they would any other building-related issue. EHS will assist Facilities Operations in investigating these concerns under the following conditions:
• If there is an odor where the source is not easily identifiable
• If there are concerns regarding microbial growth
• If there are health concerns among occupants

Green Cleaning: The University adheres to the following statement: The Building Services department will utilize Green Seal-certified products and/or Electrically Activated Water for all daily use cleaning products. Further, the department will expand processes for refinishing floors without the use of conventional floor stripper. All restroom hand soap throughout the University is Green Seal-certified. At this time, the University’s primary disinfectants are not Green Seal certified.


Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable operations and maintenance program is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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