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Effective and Innovative Practices

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APPA’s Effective & Innovative Practices Award recognizes programs and processes that enhance service delivery, lower costs, increase productivity, improve customer service, generate revenue, or otherwise benefit the educational institution. Award nomination entries must describe either a new program or significant restructuring of an existing program or process. Winning entries will receive special recognition on both APPA’s website and in APPA’s Facilities Manager magazine.

Nominations and Application submittals for the 2020 year will open immediately following the APPA Annual Meeting & Exposition for both Institutional and Individual Awards. Final submittals for both will close November 30th 11:59pm EST.


Projects displaying a high level of innovation and adaptability/transferability for implementation at other schools have the best chance of being favorably ranked.

Up to five ranked submissions will be eligible for an award.

Entries are judged on a point system based on:

  • Institutional Benefit (100 pts)
  • Innovativeness, Creativity, and Originality (300 pts)
  • Portability and Sustainability (300 pts)
  • Management Commitment and Employee Involvement (150 pts)
  • Documentation, Analysis, Customer Input, and Benchmarking (150 pts)

Past Recipients










  • Purdue University
    Building Services Sustainability Program
  • University of Iowa
    University of Iowa Energy Hawks
  • UNC Charlotte
    Take It or Leave It Tour
  • University of Southern California
    Maintenance Parts and Materials Process Reengineering Case Study
  • California State University, Northridge
    Student Design Team Program 





  • Brown University
    Safety Fair
  • Bryn Mawr College
    An Innovative and Collaborative Approach to Storm Water Management
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
    Building Services Customer Achievement Program Award
  • California State University, San Bernardino
    Comprehensive Energy Services Master Enabling Agreement
  • University of British Columbia
    In-Vessel Composting Facility and Organics Collection Program


  • University of British Columbia
    UBC Campus Sustainability Office
    Sustainability Coordinator Program
  • University of Hartford
    Resident Facility Assistant
  • University of Iowa
    Biomass Fuel Project
  • University of Miami
    How the University of Miami’s Facilities Administration Department Uses CustomizedFinancial Reports to Manage Costs
  • University of Victoria
    Water Reuse Initiative


  • Brigham Young University
    Capital Needs Analysis
  • Dallas Theological Seminary
    An Army of One: Multi-Department Development of Custodial Services Training Video
  • Illinois State University
    A Town and Gown Effort That Turns Bulk, Wood Waste Into Savings
  • Penn State University
    Trash to Treasure
  • Queensland University of Technology
    Facilities Condition Audit