University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Byron Anderson receives Greener North Dakota Award

Byron Anderson, a member of the Facilities Management staff, recently received the Greener North Dakota Award.

The award, presented by the North Dakota Solid Waste and Recycling Association, acknowledges businesses, organizations, communities and individuals for their positive environmental efforts through solid waste management, recycling, renewable energy, pollution reduction, using recyclable products for manufacturing end use, composting and more.

“This award helps to create a positive draw to those who are working to keep items out of North Dakota's landfills, water, air, creating jobs and more,” said Rick Sandwick, Facilities Management human resource manager.

Anderson, a lead equipment operator at UND Facilities Management, has been at UND since 1978. He was nominated for the award for his active support of UND's recycling program. Among other activities, Anderson set up drop-off containers in UND's Materials Recovery Building that separate metals by type. From July 2011 to June 2012, about 83 tons of scrap metal were collected and brought to a salvage company for recycling, representing a savings of more than $20,000 for the University and a large diversion from the landfill.

Anderson also set up containers for fluorescent lamps, ballasts and projector lamps, and a system for recycling batteries. A recycler that handles mercury-containing lamps schedules a pickup twice a year and provides UND with a waste-tracking invoice number and a Certificate of Recycling.

About UND Facilities Management
The Facilities Management division is the first point of contact for the University’s building and departmental needs. From a heating and air conditioning issues, broken furniture, to renovation projects, Facilities Management evaluate requests to determine how best to campus needs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Among other responsibilities, the division manages the University’s green and sustainable building efforts, including preparation for LEED green building certification.

Facilities Management reports to the Vice President for Finance and Operations.