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University of Virginia Page 1 Office of the Vice President for Management and Budget July 1, 2011

Summary: University of Virginia Page 1
Office of the Vice President for Management and Budget July 1, 2011
University of Virginia Examples of Efficiency Efforts
The University engages in ongoing efforts to contain and reduce costs and enhance effectiveness.
We have implemented numerous approaches to cost containment, cost avoidance, enhancing
efficiency, and generating new revenue. We are constantly benchmarking best practices in
higher education and other industries and evaluating how those might be adapted and adopted at
U.Va. The University's most significant approaches to efficiency and improvement are
described below.
Additionally, since 1994 the University has had a dedicated process improvement program,
known as Process Simplification. This pan-institutional initiative seeks to enhance the quality,
effectiveness, and efficiency of processes that affect faculty, staff, and students. As such,
specific project outcomes include the simplification of steps in a process, the elimination of
duplicative efforts, and optimization of available resources.
Energy Conservation - Pan-institutional initiatives to reduce energy and water usage in existing
facilities, includes retro-commissioning of facilities and special programs to encourage
conservation behaviors.
Retro-commissioning efforts include: lighting retrofits and increased use of motion sensors;
working with building coordinators to examine evening, night, weekend, and holiday
temperature setbacks for additional savings opportunities; and projects related to steam traps,


Source: Acton, Scott - Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Virginia


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences