ASHRAE, APPA Promote Sustainable Education Facilities

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and APPA, the association serving educational facilities professionals, have signed an agreement to provide mutual support in promoting sustainable higher education facilities.

The memorandum of understanding, signed July 10 by the two groups, announces ASHRAE’s and APPA’s intent to share resources to jointly promote educational programs, create new products, and encourage continuing professional development for their members. The associations also will explore cross-marketing each other’s products and services.

“The relationship between ASHRAE and APPA is crucial to furthering new advancements in HVAC&R technology,” said ASHRAE president Terry Townsend, P.E. “With this memorandum in place, ASHRAE and APPA members have the tools to provide ongoing technological solutions to educational facilities managers.”

“This agreement brings together the providers of equipment and technology and the owners and operators of that equipment and technology with a focus on improvement and environmental responsibility,” said Jack Colby, immediate past-president of APPA, who signed the agreement on APPA’s behalf. “This collaboration will enhance the efficiency of our facilities
and improve our operations so that we may continue to provide a comfortable and welcoming experience for those people who work, study, and play in the environments we maintain.”

“APPA’s membership represents educational facilities professionals throughout North America,” Kent Peterson, P.E., ASHRAE president-elect who signed the agreement on behalf of ASHRAE, said. “This Memorandum of Understanding provides both organizations a vehicle to work together towards common goals in providing sustainable facilities and expanded training for building operators.”

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is an international organization of 55,000 persons. Its sole objective is to advance through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education the arts and sciences of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC&R) to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world.

APPA is the association of choice serving educational facilities professionals, representing more than 1,500 learning institutions encompassing over 4,700 individuals throughout the United States, Canada, and internationally. APPA promotes the vital role of facilities in the
field of education and supports its members in the pursuit of excellence in the administration, care, operations, planning, and construction of educational facilities.