Energy conservation and the efficient use of resources can increase a facility's productivity and reduce costs. We offer a wide variety of support to operations and maintenance (O&M) and other staff at schools, local and state agencies, and nonprofit agencies.


Energy Accounting & Portfolio Manager

A variety of organizations may be interested in tracking the energy use of their facilities. Especially for state agencies, colleges, and universities, this may be due to requirements of state governments. However, it can also help all organizations to better understand how their buildings and other facilities use energy and identify how to reduce energy use by cutting waste and increasing energy efficiency, often improving occupant comfort and indoor air quality in the process. For more information and resources, see the Energy Accounting & Portfolio Manager website.

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

Our applied building scientists provide technical assistance and recommend practices and procedures to improve IAQ in Northwest schools and other facilities. For information on programs and resources, visit our Indoor Air Quality webpage.

Our team has also provided training and technical support to help Northwest tribes improve IAQ with funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. For details, see the Tribal Indoor Air Quality website.

Plant Operations Support Consortium

The WSU Energy Program manages the Plant Operations Support Consortium, which assists facility managers across the Northwest with meeting their maintenance, custodial, procurement and surplus, leadership training, and technical needs. See our Plant Operations Support Consortium website.

Resource Conservation Management

Resource conservation managers (RCM) and resource efficiency managers (REMs) support the energy and resource efficiency programs at public agencies. They work to reduce energy, water, natural gas, fuel oil, and other utility expenditures. We support the creation and successful implementation of RCM and REM programs by providing program and technical support. Visit the Resource Conservation Management website.

Portable Classrooms Research

Our staff, along with staff from the Oregon and Idaho state energy offices, studied new energy-efficient portable classrooms and a retrofitted classroom (originally built in the 1970s). As a result of these studies and additional computer modeling, project staff developed guidelines for portable classrooms in the Pacific Northwest: Northwest Portable Classroom Project Report, March 2003.