Lane’s Custodial Services does whatever they can to reduce the amount and the toxicity of the products they use. Here are a few examples of Housekeeping’s sustainability achievements:
- Use Sustainable Earth Cleaning products that are Green Seal Certified.
- Soap in bathroom dispensers is Green Seal certified and is a foam-style that reduces reduces packaging seven times over liquid soap.
- Microfiber rags and dust mops trap dirt and germs without the need to use chemicals.
- Carpet cleaning equipment uses 50% less water and chemicals than most other brands.
Custodial services is concerned with more than just the environmental aspect of sustainability, the social aspect is incorporated into the unit with a focus on keeping the custodians safe and injury free. There are regular safety trainings in Custodial services and at the time of this writing, they have been incident free for over 100 days.
Much of Lane’s grounds are National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat. In order to get this certification, a property needs to have four basic habitat elements: food, water, cover, and places to raise young. Weed control is maintained by hand removal, spot burning, and with plantings.
Lane’s gardens are self-sustaining. They require very little water once established and do not require fertilization. This strategy relies on leaving the majority of leaf litter in place to decompose and provide self-fertilization. Landscapes are chemical-free and maintained and pruned to ensure plant health and natural development. Lane’s gardens use a minimum of 60% native plant material. Non-native plants may be included if they provide a benefit for wildlife and are not invasive. In the last ten years, 450 trees have been planted at Lane.
Grasses and meadows are maintained by mulch mowing. Meadows are mowed infrequently and allowed to grow to a height that enables wildflowers to bloom and propagate. When you’re not landscaping with native trees, bushes, grasses, and flowers, why not landscape with edible plants that are used in Lane’s conference center and campus restaurant? That’s what Lane’s Grounds Crew does!
Bond and Facilities Planners ensure that sustainability is included in new construction, remodels, and infrastructure upgrades. Lane’s “Sustainability: Design and Construction” policy requires projects to meet the U.S. Green Building Council LEED certified equivalent, but FMP planners have done better than that. All new construction that has occurred since the policy has been in place has been certified LEED gold or better and remodels target LEED silver equivalent.
LEED Certified new construction includes:
- Building 30 – LEED Gold
- Building 61a (Downtown Campus Academic) – LEED Platinum
- Building 61b (Titan Court) – LEED Gold
Major remodels have used LEED as a guide for incorporating sustainable features. Examples include:
Building 2 remodel (2010): The Building 2 project included an energy saving heat exchanger that takes waste heat generated from the servers in the data center and uses it to heat the rest of the building. The project also includes locally harvested and produced wooden doors, 100% post-consumer recycled content accoustical wall panels, and reused metal studs.
Building 5 remodel (2010): The Building 5 remodel included natural ventilation, a bioswale that removes pollutants from stormwater, and bike racks for 18 bikes.
Building 10 remodel (2011): This project conserved resources by using fewer materials. Rather than installing carpet or linoleum over the existing concrete, Lane simply polished the concrete flooring surface. Ceiling tiles were omitted to save additional resources and to allow for skylights to be used for daylighting.
Lane’s trades recently moved from a work order system that used 3 part NCR paper to a paperless system saving a significant amount of paper. Other highlights of sustainable practices by Lane’s trades include:
- Zero and low VOC paints used by painters. VOC stands for volatile organic chemical. Paints with more VOCs put more pollution into the air that harms human health.
- Electrians are beginning to replace energy efficient compact fluorescent lamps with even more efficient LED lamps.
- Lane’s carpenters make durable podiums and cabinetry.
Vehicle emissions are the largest contributor to Lane’s greenhouse gas profile. In order to reduce these emissions, FMP has made efforts to green our fleet and to help support sustainable com
Motor Pool and Fleet
Since 2004, FMP has been saving fuel and carbon emissions by replacing gasoline-powered vehicles in our motor pool with hybrid electric vehicles. There are currently 4 hybrid vehicles in our motorpool. Facilities fleet has also become more green – most recycling, grounds, and maintenance vehicles are now electric.
Bike Lane is a bicycle loan program for students who pay the $27 transportation fee. Lane currently owns 35 bikes that we loan out to students on a term by term basis. This program allows student to reduce their emissions and save money by riding their bike to Lane or by using a combination of bussing and biking.