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Examples of Cost-Saving Measures at Frostburg State University


Frostburg State University realizes cost savings by implementing new ideas to help the campus function more efficiently. Below are some examples of cost-saving measures that were reported in the University’s Effectiveness and Efficiency Report.  If you have cost-saving suggestions, please go to the Budget@ FSU main page and share your ideas with us.  


Fine Arts Exhaust System

The FSU Facilities department developed a plan in-house to address the poor air quality in the Fine Arts building. Using the University’s solution instead of the plan recommended by an outside consulting firm resulted in savings of nearly 34% on the project.


Lowndes Hall Back-Up Generator

Frostburg State University partnered with U.S. Cellular to provide a generator that supplies back-up power during an electrical outage to the U.S. Cellular mobile phone antennae located on the roof of Lowndes Hall as well as FSU’s computer room located within Lowndes Hall. By using the generator provided by U.S. Cellular to serve both purposes, FSU avoided the cost of purchasing its own generator. Additionally, the generator fulfills audit requirements and meets disaster recovery guidelines.


PE Lighting System

FSU’s Physical Plant staff replaced outdated lights and fixtures with an energy-efficient lighting system in the Cordts PE Center gymnasium. FSU anticipates seeing savings in utility expenses with this sustainability/cost-saving enhancement, and also realizing additional savings by using in-house labor instead of outside contractors. The new system also eliminates the need to rent supplemental lighting for Commencement ceremonies.


Residence Hall Shower Heads

In-house labor was used to install low-flow shower heads in all residence halls. This initiative upholds sustainability and is cost-effective.  The University anticipates saving 100,000 gallons of water every month with low-flow shower heads in place.


Library and Computer Lab Printers

By switching to duplex printing, the Library and Academic Computing departments reduced the amount of paper used. This effort saves the University money on the cost of paper and has a positive impact on the environment.


Online Handbooks

Several FSU departments, Human Resources, Student Educational Services and the Provost Office for example, are taking advantage of the FSU website to provide their handbooks and materials online in lieu of printing and mailing their documents. These strategies eliminate the costly expense of postage and paper.