Operations

Recycling
Mines utilizes single stream recycling on campus where a variety of non-food contaminated materials can be thrown in the same recycle bins. Examples of materials that can be thrown in the recycle bins are aluminum, paper, plastic, cardboard (flattened), and glass bottles and jars. The recycling guidelines can be found here.


Energy Policy
Mines has an energy policy that describes guidelines for behaviors to ensure that we are all doing our part to use electricity, water, and steam as efficiently as we can. This energy policy can be found herePDF versionText only version.


Energy Performance Contract
Mines hired an engineering and construction firm, McKinstry, to do a performance contract on campus. A performance contract is a project that upgrades energy-using components in buildings and uses a projected energy savings to finance the project. An example of this might be replacing single pane windows with double pane windows or replacing an old inefficient boiler or chiller with a new one that is more energy efficient. In the performance contract that Mines undertook, old T-12 technology lighting was replaced with new T-8 lighting, most of the toilets and sinks on campus were retrofitted with water saving devices, a new central irrigation control system was installed, and energy recovery coils on lab air handlers were installed. The project saved over $300,000, almost 1,400,000 kWh of electricity, almost 12,000,000 pounds of steam, and over 15 million gallons of water in its first year. A phase two project is in the early planning stage awaiting funding.


Cleaning
The Custodial Department evaluates different cleaning products, attempting to use green cleaning products whenever possible. They also try to utilize cleaning products in an efficient manner, reducing the output of unnecessary chemicals. 


New Technologies
Facilities Management is constantly evaluating new technologies for use in buildings to help them run more efficiently. Examples of current technologies in use on campus include the widespread use of direct digital control of HVAC in almost all buildings, lighting control and occupancy sensors in most areas, LED exterior lighting in new parking lots, variable frequency drive chillers and VFDs on motors, efficient Maxitherm steam to hot water heat exchangers, and energy recovery coils on lab air handlers.

A link to the building automation site can be found here.