9.11 Management and Operations
9.11.1 Sustainability, Efficiency, and Effectiveness
The Board of Regents is committed to providing sustainability leadership through responsible stewardship of the state’s natural and physical resources in order to advance economic vitality, ecological integrity, and social well-being through continuous improvement in campus operations thereby enhancing each institution’s education, research, and service missions.
Each University System of Georgia (USG) institution shall:
- Manage natural and fiscal resources in a responsible and balanced way that intentionally reduces negative environmental impacts, restores natural systems, and promotes long-term prosperity;
- Design, construct, operate, and maintain facilities in consideration of the environmental, social and economic systems on which our campuses depend;
- Remain committed to the implementation of best practices related to buildings, climate, energy, food systems, grounds, purchasing, renewable resources, transportation, waste streams, and water;
- Create a culture of sustainability in thought and action by promoting awareness, encouraging participation, and leading by example; and,
- Engage in measures to maximize and improve the quality of life within the communities we serve.
Responsibility for overall implementation lies with the institution President, but students, faculty, and staff share in the responsibility to promote these principles. Campuses, as living, learning laboratories, will bring about transformative change for the future generations of the State of Georgia. The USG chief facilities officer shall periodically highlight sustainability achievements and best practices to the Board.
9.11.3 Major Repairs and Rehabilitation
The Major Repairs and Rehabilitation Program (MRR) is a state-funded capital renewal program for state-owned USG facilities. USG institution participation in the MRR program shall be in accordance with the requirements of the USG MRR Procedures and Guidelines.
The Chancellor may allocate to USG institutions, without prior approval of the Board, emergency or contingency MRR funds in amounts not to exceed $500,000 for any one project. The USG chief facilities officer is authorized to allocate to USG institutions, without prior approval of the Board, emergency or contingency MRR funds in amounts not to exceed $250,000 for any one project.
9.11.4 Environmental and Occupational Safety
The Board of Regents is committed to providing a safe working and learning environment and supporting environmentally sound practices. Each institution shall, at a minimum, comply with applicable environmental and occupational safety laws and regulations. In the absence of specific laws or regulations, each institution should follow industry standards and good management practices.
Each institution shall maintain policies and procedures to comprehensively integrate occupational safety and environmental considerations. Institutions shall ensure that environmental and occupational safety program activities are performed by appropriated qualified practitioners.
The USG chief facilities officer shall develop standards, guidelines, and processes to promote, support, and assess the implementation of environmental and occupational safety management programs and initiatives.
The USG chief facilities officer shall require institutions to provide environmental and occupational safety performance data and shall periodically report such data to the Board.