Call it a sustainability program, an energy initiative, or “going green.” Whatever name your school uses, most boarding schools today are focused on reducing their environmental impact. School buildings (and their occupants) use a huge amount of energy and—because of their added energy demands—boarding schools use more energy than non-residential schools.
When it comes to environmental sustainability, boarding schools face unique challenges. While green initiatives typically involve actions from the entire school community, facilities professionals are often charged with helping the school meet energy goals. From building age to regulatory compliance, facilities professionals face many challenges in fulfilling those expectations.