Sustainability at the University of Maryland

Campus Sustainability Policies

Policies and Procedures for Environmentally Preferable Procurement

Effective February 28, 2012, the University of Maryland, College Park will procure all supplies, services, maintenance, construction and architect-engineer services in a manner consistent with the promotion of sound environmental stewardship and, in particular, promoting the reduction of carbon emissions as envisioned by the University’s Climate Action Plan. Consideration of the environmental impact of products and services must be an integral part of the procurement process and should be weighed along with price and other factors when making procurement decisions. Note: By July 1 2012, only general purpose office paper made from 100% post-consumer recycled content shall be procured.

Policy on Building Temperature

Effective February 25, 2010, this policy establishes the optimal temperature range in University facilities. In brief, this policy states:

  • It is the goal of the University to maintain occupied buildings in the temperature range of 68 to 78 degrees Fahrenheit year round. Within this temperature range, FM will balance occupant comfort and program/research needs with the University’s Climate Commitment and energy conservation goals.
  • If building temperatures remain outside the established temperature range for a sustained period, occupants should contact FM Work Control. If FM is unable to achieve a temperature within the proper range by adjusting the building’s HVAC systems, it will work with the occupants to find an alternate solution.
  • The use of space heaters by occupants is prohibited unless authorized or provided by FM. Space heaters damage building electrical systems and pose a safety hazard.

Policy on Lighting Levels

Effective February 25, 2010, this policy establishes the standards for lighting levels in or on certain University buildings and grounds. In brief, this policy states:

  • The lighting levels recommended by the Illuminating Engineer Society of North America (IESNA) shall be the established lighting standards. Examples of current IESNA lighting levels include: (a) offices, classrooms, and laboratories: 30-50 foot candles (depending on specific work tasks) on desk and table tops; (b) hallways: 5-8 foot candles; (c) stairwells: 5-8 foot candles; (d) restrooms: 5-8 foot candles.
  • To achieve the desired lighting levels, the University will employ the most energy efficient technology available.
  • FM will work to balance occupant needs with the energy conservation objectives of the IESNA standards.
  • To advance the University's Climate Commitment, building occupants are strongly discouraged from adding supplemental lighting to attain lighting levels above the IESNA standard.
  • If a building occupant believes the level of lighting is less than the IESNA standard, FM Work Control will measure the level and take such remedial action as appropriate.