The Soka University facilities team is responsible for maintaining the buildings on campus including mechanical, electrical, plumbing, carpentry, painting, and special event support using environmentally-safe equipment, supplies, and processes. The facilities area is a member of the Campus Sustainability Committee, working with faculty, staff, and students on sustainable practices and procedures. The facilities team will continue to stress environmental responsibility in all its activities to provide building occupants a safe and green campus. In order to continually improve, the facilities area and Soka University are committed to further examining the potential and actual environmental impacts associated with their actions and continuing the implementation of sustainability initiatives.
Accomplishments of the Facilities Area:
Waste Diversion/ Recycling
- Landfill diversion rates have been improved from approximately 20% to over 60% on campus.
- The SUA food diversion program has diverted a significant amount of pre and post preparation food from reaching the landfill.
- Increased diversion has reduced disposal charges and compactor pickup charges.
- Universal waste, E-Waste and yard waste diversion programs have cut down on waste reaching the landfills.
- Recyclable commodity revenue (cardboard and paper) has increased over the years resulting in an improvement in the university diversion rates.
Energy Management Activities
- Solar panels were installed on the Soka Performing Arts Center to provide solar electricity.
- Electrical sub-metering was installed in individual buildings to identify usage by building and encourage electricity saving activities.
- All 658 stairwell lights on campus will be changed from 60-watt incandescent lamps to 8.5 LED lamps in 2015 to improve energy savings, as many of these lamps are in operation 24/7.
- Replacing boilers that exceeded their useful lifespan, 12 new high-efficiency natural gas boilers were installed on campus in 2014.
- Scheduling controls for HVAC systems generate major savings in electricity costs.
- Several systems in place around campus to reduce electricity, water and gas consumption, including: Variable Speed Drives for motors, thermostatic valves, thermal storage, high-efficiency boilers, swimming pool controls, swimming pool covers, efficient water treatment systems, a high efficiency central plant for heating and cooling, and double paned glass on windows around campus.
- All cleaning supplies used on campus are approved by the US Green Building Council.
- Pest control was improved by the addition of owl boxes to encourage natural predation.
- Pest control chemicals were changed to limit effects on non-targeted wildlife species such as bobcats and other predators.
- Paper products such as toilet paper and multifold towels are made from recycled paper and environmentally accredited.