Congratulations to our 2016 Best Practice Award Winners
A special thank you to all who submitted projects for consideration. The
selection committees, impartial judges comprised of subject experts in each category, would like to emphasize the difficulty of choosing one winning project as all submissions demonstrated exemplary work.
You can find previously submitted projects by clicking the links below:2016 Best Practice Award Submissions2014 Best Practice Award Submissions
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San Diego State's Storm Nasatir Hostler Hall Complex project is an innovative reuse of existing buildings while achieving LEED Gold certification and expanding academic spaces. Instead of tearing down old structures, built in 1957, the Storm Nasatir Hostler Hall Complex project completely renovated existing buildings adding much needed classrooms and reinvested the savings into energy and technology upgrades, all while preserving and matching San Diego State's well-known interior and exterior aesthetics.
CSU Monterey Bay and its Big Demo - Pilot Project included the demolition and abatement of nine former Fort Ord military structures located on the campus. The pilot project gave three different contractors the opportunity to demolish and abate a sample military building on the campus and in turn, limiting the risk and unknowns inherent in projects of this type. Contractors were also required to recycle 90 percent of non-hazardous building materials, and minimize disruptions to the campus community.
CSU San Marcos and its Multiple Buildings HVAC Duct Sealing project will improve energy performance of campus buildings and lead to utility cost savings to the tune of nearly $139,000 per year. This means the project will pay for itself in less than two years. The project identified, repaired and sealed ducts, access doors and equipment throughout the entire campus HVAC system and verified the repairs with before and after thermographic images. It also added significant energy savings by limiting flow losses from leaky connections, so that fans and equipment can work more efficiently.
CSU Stanislaus' Cooling Tower Reclaimed Water Project uses reclaimed rain water that would otherwise be lost to the regional stormwater system to help cool campus facilities. The project, which is estimated to save the campus $22,000 a year, is reclaiming and reusing nearly 10,000 gallons a day of blown down water that would otherwise be lost. The project is also helping to educate the campus and surrounding community on saving water during California's statewide drought.
CSU Northridge and its Sustainable Office Program aims to make the campus more environmentally friendly by reducing energy use, water consumption and waste. The program also seeks to educate and engage the campus community on best practices in sustainability. The project run by a highly trained team from the Associated Students has assessed over fifty offices on the campus so far. The team gives ratings of bronze, silver, gold and platinum to the best performing offices and departments, which has since spurred some friendly and sustainable competition at the campus.
CSU Sacramento and its Closed Loop program is a comprehensive and cost-saving organic waste diversion program that turns leaves, lawn clippings and wood chips into a clean fuel—a bio-compressed natural gas that powers a fleet of complimentary campus shuttles. The goals of this project were to decrease Sacramento State's dependence on fossil fuels, also reducing the amount of lawn waste sent to the landfill and helping close the loop on campus consumption.