Sunday Afternoon Learning Opps

Creative Funding Approaches for Facility Renewal

  • Sunday, July 14
  • 03:30 PM - 04:45 PM
  • Austin Conv Center
  • Level 4, 14
  • SK


Russell Garcia

Director, Higher Education - Performance InfrastructureTM, Johnson Controls, Building Solutions North America

Johnson Controls

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Mike Pieper

Assoc VP Facilities

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, North Dakota

Michael Unebasami

Associate Vice President for Administrative Affairs

University of Hawaii Community Colleges

Honolulu, Hawaii


Speakers from the University of Hawaii at Maui (UH) and the University of North Dakota (UND) will discuss the strategies, tactics, and results—anticipated and realized—from infrastructure transformations to improve energy efficiency, save money, and provide a modern, sustainable campus that attracts and retains students and faculty well into the future. UH, for example, aims to produce $79 million in energy savings over the next 20 years as the first campus in the nation with 100 percent renewable energy generated on site. UND is replacing a century-old, coal-fired steam plant with an innovative natural gas-fired steam plant to transform energy usage. The campus will use a public-private partnership to reduce the plant’s operating costs and improve energy efficiency without additional funding.

Learning Objectives

  • Explore the operational benefits of effectively transforming campus infrastructure and upgrading and integrating facilities and building systems
  • Leverage alternative funding approaches to meet infrastructure goals without impacting budgets and to save energy and operational costs
  • Take an outcome-focused approach to creating a modern, revitalized campus environment