Sustainability in Facilities Management Operations

The St. Thomas Facilities Management endeavors to serve our campuses by utilizing sustainable operating procedures and technology wherever possible. This has been the growing practice of the department for over twenty-five years. 
The UST Recycling program was made possible by Facilities Management financial support and sponsorship of a student initiative for recycling paper in 1988. Building projects in the last two decades have incorporated sustainable design both in electrical and HVAC systems as well as water usage. The University has received annual rebates from local energy providers because of innovative metering and lighting in new building projects [ See Opus Hall Sustainability]. Variable speed mechanical motors, flush sensors for toilets and urinals, water saving shower heads, light sensors in classrooms that turn down lighting on sunny days, campus water bottle filling stations, the purchase of ergonomic furniture manufactured from sustainable materials with low or no VOC resins or finishes are a few of the sustainable practices implemented by the UST Facilities Management and its divisions to provide our community a greener and more sustainable campus.