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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.

To complete a submission, please log into your myAPPA account.


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


  • California State University East Bay (Facilities Development and Operations [FD&O] Partners/Ambassadors)











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





  • Brown University (Safety Fair)
  • Bryn Mawr College (An Innovative and Collaborative Approach to Storm Water Management)
  • California State University San Bernardino (Comprehensive Energy Services Master Enabling Agreement)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (Building Services Customer Achievement Program Award)
  • 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 Customized Financial 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)