Malaspina's Green Buildings Win Exemplary Practices Award

November 6, 1997 - 4:00pm

Malaspina University-College has won the 1997 Community College Business Officers Exemplary Practices Award.

CCBO is the association of chief financial officers and bursars of North American community colleges of which Edwin Deas, vice-president of administration and bursar, is a member. The mandate of the association is to share cost-saving ideas and measures relating to the operation of community colleges.

The November 1996 edition of Mainly Malaspina carried a story "Malaspina leads in green buildings." Following that story, Edwin Deas, Dave Wadeson, director of physical plant, and architect Terry Williams of The Wade Williams Corporation, submitted an entry for the 1997 CCBO Exemplary Practices Award entitled "Malaspina Green: An Environmental Focus on Facilities Design and Upgrade."

The paper was submitted under the Services and Other Resources category of the awards and presentation program, and Malaspina was one of two recipients recognized for leadership and innovation at the 1997 CCBO Conference held at Lake Tahoe, Nevada, last week. Deas, Wadeson, and Williams attended the conference to give their presentation and to receive their award firsthand.

"We had a splendid few days at Lake Tahoe. Members of the conference were very enthusiastic towards our presentation. It was extremely gratifying for us and Malaspina to be acknowledged by our peers as being forerunners in the area of creating environmentally-sensitive buildings," said Deas.

"The presentation emphasized two key points. First, that taking environmental factors into account when designing buildings was the right and moral thing to do, but also that it can be done at no extra capital cost. Because it was a conference of CFO's, we really got their attention with the fact that, by the year 2002, we estimate Malaspina will have saved about $4 million by designing and retrofitting architectural, structural, mechanical and electrical systems in an energy efficient manner."

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