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Facilities Fix Blog

Gillings Landscape: Early Spring

Now that spring has arrived and the sun is shining, many of the beautiful flowers located around the Gillings School have started to bloom. If you’ve been curious about some of the flowers you see on your daily walks, here are some interesting facts about what you will see in bloom right now. Common Name:… Read more »

Office Maintenance

The workplace is our home away from home, and many staff and faculty members spend a lot of time at their desks. Maintaining a clean, clutter-free office can help reduce stress and prevent the spread of germs and uninvited pests. Department representatives and the staff of the Gillings School’s facilities office rely on employees to… Read more »

Event Planning Quick Reference Guide

Hosting an event this semester and don’t know where to start? Here are some quick, basic tips to assist you in the planning process.  Planning ahead helps ensure that you can secure the resources you need and allows time to adjust for unexpected roadblocks. 3 important questions to ask during initial planning: Where will you… Read more »

Green Events Training Follow-up

Many of you attended the Green Events Coordinator Training on Oct. 19, which covered how to green an event and improve recycling at UNC. Now, the Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling has put together a list of resources and contact information to make greening your event even simpler! They have grouped it by category… Read more »

Lab Waste Disposal Quick Reference Guide

Labs generate some of the most diverse waste on campus, from typical trash and recycling to hazardous substances and freezers. UNC’s Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling and Environment, Health and Safety are two of the key campus resources for making sure disposal procedures are in place and adhered to. To help simplify proper waste… Read more »

Ultra-Low Freezer and Alarm Monitoring Preventive Maintenance Programs

Is your lab freezer currently on a preventive maintenance program? It should be! According to the UNC Green Labs program, “The Refrigeration Shop estimates that HALF of the UNC freezers have seals that leak or have failed completely. Encouraging proper and  preventative maintenance can mitigate energy lost through improper use and increase freezer lifespan through… Read more »

National Campus Safety Awareness Month

September is National Campus Safety Awareness Month! Many resources are available through the Gillings School and the University to help keep students, staff and faculty members at UNC safe. . Resources at the Gillings School of Global Public Health: Emergency information regarding campus and weather hazards, severe weather shelter locations at the Gillings School and… Read more »

Back to School: Gillings Resources

The Gillings School offers many resources to students, faculty and staff members! Below is a list of available resources:   Atrium Café The Atrium Café is located on the first floor of Michael Hooker Research Center. Open 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday (during the academic semester), the café provides a healthy selection of breakfast,… Read more »

Back to School: The Final Countdown

Time is flying and Back to School Month is upon us! Soon, our hallways will be filled with chatter and the pitter patter of students heading to class. Most of us have spent the summer working on special projects, cleaning out offices and completing tasks that were put on the back burner while classes were… Read more »

Facilities Fix: Pest Prevention

It’s the time of year where we are likely to see an increase of unwanted pests sneaking into our buildings. Insects may come into buildings to seek food, water and shelter from weather. They can get into our buildings through cracks and crevices, or even by hitching a ride on items we bring inside. We… Read more »