Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Dennis Cochrane
Submission Date March 19, 2013
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Virginia Tech
PAE-15: Employee Sustainability Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Dennis Cochrane
Sustainability Program Manager
Facilities Services, Office of Energy and Sustainability
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Total number of people employed by the institution:
7575

Program name (1st program) :
Facilities Manager’s Development Group (FMDG)

Number of employees served by the program (1st program):
3686

A brief description of how the employee educators are selected (1st program):

Membership is available to facility managers employed at Virginia Tech and those that have a formal association with the university. To view the complete membership list, please see: http://www.fmdg.org.vt.edu/members.pdf

FMDG Overview: Virginia Tech staff responsible for management of state-owned and leased properties and others with a formal relationship with the University.

Program Objectives:
1. To identify and promote opportunities for professional development through enhanced coordination and communication between campus-wide facilities management staffs.
2. To provide a network that enables facilities managers to obtain knowledge and skills to improve efficiencies through a synergistic effort.

Purpose Summary:
A leadership group comprised of representatives from campus departments, Office of Health and Safety, and Facilities will address specific concerns of, and facilitate communication among, facilities management personnel by:

1. Sponsoring programs of general interest to facilities managers and their staffs.
2. Inviting guest speakers to present topics of mutual interest in the area of facilities management.
3. Providing opportunities for specialized training and problem solving discussions for such topics as OSHA compliance; disaster recovery and emergency action plans; security; working well with contractors; improving purchasing processes; enhancing space planning efforts; and identifying effective approaches to maintenance.
4. Providing information that enables facilities managers to better understand policies, procedures and processes required in maintaining campus facilities.
5. Identifying opportunities to share resources, expert knowledge and skills from different areas of campus and affiliated organizations.
6. Providing mentors for new facilities managers and like personnel.
7. Providing opportunities for affiliation with professional organizations.


A brief description of the formal training that the employee educators receive (1st program):

FMDG has had many employee educator sustainability training opportunities to date. Sustainability training sessions and presentations have included: the VT Energy & Sustainability Plan Update presentation, Indoor Air Quality training, University Building Code training, Campus Energy & Sustainability Efforts presentation, VT Recycling Program presentation, a tour of campus buildings and the VT Power Plant, VT Energy Conservation presentation, and other additional trainings.

To view a complete list of past training programs, please see: http://www.fmdg.org.vt.edu/minutes.html

To view the list of training programs for 2011, please see: http://www.fmdg.org.vt.edu/calendar.html


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FMDG Chairpersons and Founders:
Mike Coleman, Associate Vice President and Chief Facilities Officer, Sponsor
Dawn Maxey, Facilities Manager, Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, Co-Founder
Lylah Sartin Shelor, Facilities Manager for Inform. Technology at AISB, Co-Founder


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The 3,686 figure for “number of employees served by the program” represents the faculty, classified staff, part-time faculty and wage employees that are members of FMDG.

The total number of employees excluding contractors for 2011 was 7,575. This number fluctuates with peak employment occurring during the fall and spring semesters. We have excluded contractors who are not on our payroll because we do not have the opportunity to influence what they are paid, with the exception of individuals hired through temporary employment service contracts. Unlike many universities, our dining services is not contracted out so a large number of entry level jobs that might otherwise be contractors at other schools are employees at Virginia Tech.

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