The mission of the Facilities Services Division is to proactively support Saint Louis University's mission of teaching, research, health care and service by anticipating customer needs and working innovatively and collaboratively with stakeholders to enhance and sustain the campus environment. Accordingly, environmental resource optimization is a key pursuit in Facilities Services' Strategic Plan.
SLU introduced single-stream recycling in 2009, and since then has seen a steady increase in recycling on campus. To help make access to recycling easier and universal, facilities obtained recycling receptacles for exterior use and placed them in strategic locations throughout campus in 2012. In addition, the division developed educational tools for single-stream recycling such as brochures, presentations, signage and magnets. Sustainability and Benchmarking updated signage of all interior recycling bins throughout campus to help enhance the program and provide consistency in recycling messaging/signage in 2015.
SLU is committed to reducing its energy and water consumption on campus. Facilities Services' Energy and Utilities Strategies Action Team set a goal of a 20 percent reduction in potable water consumption (gallons per campus acre) over a 2013 baseline by 2020, equating to a reduction of over 250,000 gallons per campus acre. This goal is endorsed by SLU's Sustainability Advisory Council.
For energy reduction, the team set an aggressive goal of a 20 percent reduction in energy intensity (BTU per gross square feet) over a 2013 baseline by 2020, equal to a reduction of over 25,000 BTUs per gross square feet.
The Sustainability Advisory Council utilizes the AASHE STARS' framework to measure progress in sustainability efforts. The framework offers a way to track, assess and benchmark ourselves on operational metrics. In addition, it provides guidance by outlining those aspects that will help to make the SLU campus environment more sustainable. SLU's first submission, in 2011, earned the University a bronze rating.
Following the announcement, the Sustainability Advisory Council implemented a strategy to achieve a silver rating in their next submission. In 2015, SLU achieved its goal and was awarded a silver rating.
Alternative transportation options can play a vital role in how the community travels to and from our urban campus. A subcommittee under the Sustainability Advisory Council focused on alternative transportation surveyed the University community on transportation options. Based on these results, a comprehensive multi-year plan needs to be developed to ensure the growth and direction of future needs. Currently, the University offers a variety of transportation options, and the University community is encouraged to get informed and choose the right program that meets their environmental, social and economic needs.
Facilities Services engages and educates the SLU community about sustainability in a number initiatives that generate buzz about what we can do to be green on campus, including:
To nurture a sense of shared stewardship, new students and employees learn about sustainability at SLU as part of their orientations. This assures that sustainability grows as the SLU community grows.
In an effort to minimize the environmental impact of SLU's campus, Facilities Services addresses sustainability aspects related to the following campus features:
Saint Louis University strives to maintain the historic nature of the campus while embracing new technologies and environmentally friendly practices along with enhancing the beauty of the grounds by providing ample green space for the students, faculty and staff to enjoy.
The 230,173 square foot Doisy Research Center, located on the Medical Center and completed in 2007, marked the University's most ambitious effort to integrate environmental awareness and practices into a new facility.
The Center for Global Citizenship renovation project, completed in 2013, shows our commitment to adaptive reuse of historic buildings on campus. Built in 1925, the former West Pine Gym was converted from a recreation facility to a global student commons and auditorium space. SLU was nominated for the 2014 "Emerging Leader" Growing Green Award, provided by the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter, for the sustainable building practices implemented in this project.
2013 saw the transformation of a 47-year-old former office building in downtown St. Louis into the new home for the School of Law, Scott Hall. The project aimed to expand the office building into a state-of-the-art facility designed to accommodate the law school's programming needs. Over 90 percent of the building's core and shell were able to be retained, conserving 1,400 tons of steel and 4,225 tons of concrete.
The new residence hall at Laclede and Spring opened in 2016. The $42.8 million, eight-story,
154,000 square foot project takes advantage of both recycled and regional materials,
using at least 20 percent recycled and 20 percent regional materials.
built to LEED silver standards.
SLU has been designated an official Tree Campus USA and continues to make efforts to maintain this designation.
IPM is a process to solve pest problems while minimizing the risks to people and the
The use of natural fertilizers and minimal use of pesticides are two of the main objectives of this plan, which covers 55 acres of campus grounds.
Implemented in 2010, native plant installation is emphasized on all new projects with
a target goal of 50 percent of plant material used being native plants. Varieties
planted include Blue Wild Indigo, Aster, Coreopsis, Purple Coneflower, Rattlesnake
Master, Wild Bergamot, Yellow Gray Coneflower, Goldenrod, and Golden Alexander.
The University strives to use perennial flowers and shrubs in all areas when possible. In addition, Fescue grasses are planted in all new installations. Fescue grasses are drought tolerant, require less fertilizer and are more heat resistant than other grasses
Additionally, the majority of all yard waste is composted and reused on-site. In 2010, the Grounds Department implemented a composting/mulching practice which includes all landscaping waste including but not limited to grass, leaves and other landscape related debris. This practice has led to an 85 percent reduction in disposal and landfill fees over previous fiscal years.
Difficult to compost items, such as tree stumps, are transported by SLU's waste hauler and puts it through a composting process that allows them to use it for an additive to the soil cover at the landfill site.
Natural fertilizers are used in flower beds and athletic fields, collected from the on-site yard waste composting location. Four applications of fertilizer are completed each year, of which three are organic.
SLU's Snow and Ice removal policy calls for the minimization of salt runoff . Calcium applications are applied in early winter and late spring along all turf and landscape areas to help remove salt from the soil profile.
The south campus is home to the Saint Louis University Department of Nutrition and Dietetics teaching garden. The garden is used to extend the classroom outdoors and combines the study of nutrition and dietetics with culinary arts with a focus on sustainable food systems.
In 2014, the garden expanded to include an Urban Orchard, when 61 fruit trees and plants were planted. Besides being used as a classroom, the fruit from the orchard will be used in the Fresh Gatherings Café and Fresh Gatherings Harvest. Any remaining fruit will be given to Campus Kitchen to be used in their food preparations.
In May 2014, the department began an initiative called "Phytoremediation through Sunflowers." The process involves using plants to remediate soil contaminants. This specific program utilizes these techniques and the steps involved in using sunflowers as a remediating agent. The sunflowers were planted just south of the garden near the southwest corner of Compton Ave and Caroline St.
In November 2014, SLU's Grounds Services planted approximately 300 square feet of flower beds as part of the City of St. Louis Sustainability Milkweeds for Monarchs Plan. Three flower beds were installed with two beds outside Shannon Hall and one just west of Monsanto Hall. (Gardens are located inside the Koenig Plaza.)
Plantings included: 15 Purple Coneflowers, 15 Orange Coneflowers, 15 Goldenrods, 15 Bee Balm/Bergamots, 15 Asters, and a combination of 15 Whorled Milkweeds, Common Milkweeds, Swamp/Marsh Milkweeds and Butterfly Weeds.
Indoor air quality refers to the quality of a building's interior environment in relation to the health and wellbeing of those who occupy space within it. Together, the Office of Environmental Health and Safety and Facilities Services strives to ensure that Saint Louis University maintains a healthy indoor air quality environment.
The Office of Environmental Health and Safety (OEHS) is responsible for ensuring that people have a safe work environment free from exposure to health hazards. Facilities Services maintains and coordinates building operations such as air handler systems that supply a comfortable and healthy indoor environment.
Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, air filters and air ducts are routinely inspected through planned work orders which mitigate negative impacts on indoor air quality. Despite these efforts, workers may at times be concerned that they have symptoms or health conditions from exposures to contaminants in the buildings where they work.
Problems with indoor air quality can originate from a variety of sources. Some main culprits of indoor air quality problems are chemical pollutants, air contaminants from inside or outside and improper building ventilation. Poor indoor air quality can cause nose and throat irritation, headaches, dizziness, sleepiness or uncomfortable work environments.
Varying degrees of indoor air quality may affect different people in different ways. Some people may not be affected, while others can be strongly impacted. Personal allergies, asthma or respiratory diseases can contribute to some individuals being more susceptible to contaminants than others. Saint Louis University aims to create a healthy environment for all building occupants.
It is important to be aware of indoor air quality year-round, but some seasons cause extra issues. In winter months, cold and dry air can cause itchy skin or nose and throat irritation. In spring and fall, allergens from outside can impact individuals inside, as well.
For more information about indoor air quality:
Any issues with indoor air quality can be submitted via the FM:Interact work order
directed to the Office of Environmental Health and Safety.
When an environmental health and safety concern is noticed, determine whether you are capable of resolving it either by correcting the issue yourself or by notifying the correct department (e.g., submitting a work order using FM:Interact).
If you are not able to resolve the concern, complete this form to report a safety concern.
For emergency situations that create unsafe conditions, call Facilities Services at 314-977-2955. Facilities Services can assist with unworkable indoor conditions such as dust or debris plumes, severe irritation from chemical cleaning agents, etc.
You may also call the Office of Environmental Health and Safety (OEHS) at 314-977-8608. OEHS can assist with biological or chemical spills, gas smells, etc.
For after-hour emergencies, call the Department of Public Safety at 314-977-3000.
OEHS personnel perform indoor air quality inspections upon request. indoor air quality inspections include, but are not limited to the following:
Upon completion of the indoor air quality inspection, OEHS will work with Facilities Services and all other parties involved to resolve any indoor air quality issues identified during the course of the inspection.
Additional indoor air quality services that OEHS and Facilities Services may provide include:
Facilities Services supports the use of environmentally and socially preferable products wherever possible through the balance of economic feasibility and environmental responsibility. We support services and companies with strong commitments to sustainability.
In partnership with Clean Air St. Louis, Facilities Services has installed 14 "No Idling" signs on campus as part of an initiative to improve the air quality of the St. Louis area.
Facilities Services is responsible for the management of all utilities (electric, natural gas, steam, and water) for the north, south, and downtown campuses. In spring 2014, the division finalized reduction goals for energy and water consumption on campus. To meet these goals, Facilities Services is actively implementing sustainable energy and water practices.
Energy Goal: 20 percent reduction in energy intensity (BTU/GSF)
Water Goal: 20 percent reduction in potable water consumption (gallons/campus acre)