Interim Director of Sustainability Operations
Rob Lamppa is the Executive Director of the Facilities Planning & Management (FP&M) Physical Plant, which is responsible for the day-to-day operation, maintenance, non-capital renovation, and cleaning of campus buildings, grounds, and infrastructure. Physical Plant is also responsible for institutional access control systems, BAS/EMS, snow removal, waste and recycling, energy efficiency initiatives, the work-order system (CMMS), and grounds and pavements across the entire 935-acre UW campus, as well as all distributed utilities, and both the Charter Street and Walnut Street heating/cooling plants. The Physical Plant has an operating budget of $200 million, a maintenance-related capital budget of $20 million, and employs roughly 950 employees.
Previously, as the Director of Sustainability and Energy Management at Oberlin College, Rob oversaw Oberlin’s energy management program and development of energy-related utility initiatives, sustainability measures for all major construction projects and significant renovations, and the planning and implementation of renewable energy generation projects. All of these efforts involved the evaluation and application of practical sustainability initiatives and energy conservation measures in their design and implementation. Initiatives included a total campus indoor and outdoor lighting retrofit, the planning and implementation of a commercial scale, ten-acre solar PV project, planning for a replacement of the coal-fired central heating plant with a low carbon regional-distributed cooling/heating system, and working with campus staff, students, and faculty to develop focused education and sustainable behavior initiatives for all campus constituencies.
Prior to Oberlin, Rob served as the Director of Facilities Management at the University of Maine at Farmington, where he initiated the implementation of a total campus lighting retrofit, was instrumental in the planning for conversion of five academic and administrative buildings from oil heating to ground source heat pumps (GSHPs), and had oversight for the new Emery Community Arts Center construction, as well as responsibility for on-going campus operations. While at Carleton College, Rob was instrumental in campus planning and capital project development including major building projects, the upgrade of the campus electrical distribution infrastructure, the installation of a 4.5 megawatt (MW) total campus back-up generation system, the installation and on-going operation of the College’s first 1.65 MW wind turbine, and planning for a second wind turbine installation (recently completed). Rob began his career with 15 years in the food industry where he was responsible for company environmental operations and compliance, as well as major capital project development and implementation, and process energy use evaluation and efficiency management.
Recently, Rob spent a summer in Norway completing a graduate class at the University of Oslo entitled “Energy Planning and Sustainable Development.”
Rob holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering with an environmental emphasis from the University of Minnesota. He is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) in Minnesota, Maine, and Ohio and a certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional (AP).