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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.

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.

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?

Higher ed points of interest

May, 2017
CLICK AND LEARN–The University of Washington’s sustainability map features seven main categories related to higher ed campus sustainability and dozens  of examples, from the location of charging stations to recycling bins.

Many institutions shine a spotlight on their sustainability efforts by creating online maps to showcase eco-friendly sites and green activities on campus—areas of interest to both the student body and the general public.

Feeding campus—sustainabily—from a container

December, 2016
Students Kylie Campanelli and Chad Marvin operate a hydroponic lettuce farm that lives inside an upcycled, 40-by-8-foot shipping container at Stony Brook University in New York.

Designed by the company Freight Farms, the hydroponic lettuce farm inside a shipping container at Stony Brook University in New York uses 90 percent less water than traditional growing methods to provide an acre’s worth of leafy greens to campus dining halls.

Students use farm-management technologies such as cloud-synced growth data and a smartphone app to control lighting.

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5/30/2017

Attend this web seminar to learn how the The Duck Store at the University of Oregon has transformed the shopping experience. By implementing a unified commerce platform—complete with in-store and ecommerce functionality on the front end and real-time inventory visibility, order management, CRM, business intelligence, warehouse management, marketing and financials to support it—The Duck Store now has the tools in place to efficiently manage the complexities of their multiple retail locations.

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5/25/2017

Many higher education institutions still rely on inefficient, disparate systems for tracking employee time and attendance. And with workers on campus in a wide variety of jobs, it can be challenging to manage professional, union, auxiliary and student workforces, all at the same time.

Some institutions are turning to automated time and attendance solutions to address these issues, but are unsure of how this change might affect their people, processes, and organization.

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5/24/2017

Nowadays it seems as though we are being asked to do more and more with less and less. That might make sense from a business standpoint as it makes you more profitable, but you run the risk of burning out and stressing out your employees.

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5/23/2017

In recent years, the requirements of public higher education institutions have changed drastically, increasing the pressure to modernize their IT systems.  To meet those challenges, many universities are looking at available options, including the cloud.

Pittsburg State University was faced with disparate, aging tools, requiring it to rely on manual processes that made it difficult to view data across all of its systems.  This, combined with new available technologies and the necessary change to the IT culture on campus made their change journey an adventurous one.

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5/16/2017

Colleges and universities face an increasingly competitive environment for attracting and retaining students.  These challenges are further complicated with tighter funding constraints and the need to keep up with the latest technological advancements to remain competitive. Student ID card systems are not immune to these pressures; outdated ID technology can result in increased costs, long wait times for students, as well as privacy and security issues.

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