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Hazmats among us on college campuses

May, 2017
SUBSTANCE ALERT—Hazardous waste materials aren't just limited to items found in chemical containers at colleges. Toxic and corrosive materials can be in anything from electronic devices and fluorescent lamps to mercury thermometers and batteries. (AU Photographic Services.)

Here are four questions facilities administrators as well as other campus officials should be asking to lower the risk of a hazardous materials tragedy.

College cyber-attacks: Don’t take the bait

May, 2017
PHISHING SCHEME—Higher ed students at SUNY Geneseo got fed some lessons about phishing and other cyberthreats while fishing for magnetic fish during Cyber Security Awareness Month in October.

Phishing is just one type of “social engineering”—the criminal act of manipulating people to surrender confidential information. In the past five years, it’s become a constant threat, and many college leaders see it as the No. 1 cybercrime they face.

Higher ed choices: Ground-mount versus rooftop

May, 2017

Deciding where to install a solar array is one of the most critical decisions you’ll make.

Respond yes or no to the following questions as a first step in determining which type of installation makes more sense for your campus.

Rooftop installation

Are there obstructions on the roof—such as skylights, HVAC systems or other equipment—that would make it difficult to install solar panels?

College groundbreakings: Iowa State, U of North Texas, U of Cincinnati

May, 2017
Iowa State is constructing Collegiate Housing Community, a higher ed student residential and mixed-use retail space to the southwest corner of campus.

Iowa State is partnering with EdR and River Caddis Development (Memphis) to add 320,000 square feet of student residential and mixed-use retail space to the southwest corner of campus.

Solar on college campuses: Here comes the sun

May, 2017
SOLAR WHEELS: In 2016, Princeton purchased two GEM e4 low-speed vehicles for university art museum staff to drive between their higher ed offices, the museum and other campus locations. The vehicles run on solar panels (not gas or electricity) that were mounted on the roofs of the vehicles as part of an upgrade package offered by the manufacturer. The panels, which look like space-age luggage racks, are lightweight and hail-and impact-resistant. The odometers track mileage and the battery charge.

Sometimes it becomes clear very early on that a facilities project—especially a solar initiative—will be complicated.

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5/16/2017

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5/15/2017

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5/11/2017

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5/9/2017

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5/4/2017

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