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APPA Arrives in the Windy City August 4-6, 2015

Call for Conference Session Papers!  Due February 26

Planning is underway for APPA’s Annual Conference and Exposition!  Make your plans now to join colleagues from around the world August 4-6 when APPA will hold its 101st annual conference at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers.  The APPA 2015 annual conference offers an opportunity for you to be part of the outstanding professional development program, to participate in discussions, and share effective strategies to the many challenges facing facilities professionals.

Call for papers - Submit by February 26

APPA is building a dynamic session program and invites you to submit a program presenting solutions for improvement, sharing of best practices, or innovative approaches relevant to facilities professionals throughout the education community. The selected proposals will provide a program that offers innovative, comprehensive, and diverse treatment of issues facing facilities professionals throughout the educational community—colleges, universities, community colleges, and K-12. Topical areas are:

Future of Built Environment 
Changing Landscape of Renewable Energy 
The Sustainable Campus Environment 
Campus Safety, Access Control and Awareness
Dealing with the Rising Costs of Higher Education 
Staying Ahead of the Curve -  What’s Next in Regulatory Codes?

Disruptive Innovations & Technology 
Click Here – Technology: What’s Next & Are You Ready? 
Check Mate - Space Utilization/Management   
Impact of Facilities and the Student Experience 
Be Safe – Security for the Whole Campus Community

Creative Approaches to Justifying/Obtaining Resources
RSVP – Facilities Seat at the Table
Deferred Maintenance & Asset Renewal 
A Little R&R: Best Practices in Recruiting & Retaining
We Are FACILITIES – Marketing Your Department’s Assets

Taking Care of Business – Day to Day Stuff
A World of Many Hats… The Professional Facilities Juggler
The Art of Success Planning 
Put Me In, Coach! – Building the Best Team for Success 
Invest Now – Or Pay Later…. Professional Development Your Best Investment

The slate of descriptions shared above is provided as a guideline that describes the preferred areas of focus for the conference programming and content, as determined by the APPA 2015 Planning Committee.  If you have a topic that you feel is key for consideration, but may not align exactly with the proposed guidelines for this year’s conference, we encourage you to submit for review. APPA’s goal each year is to provide topical material that is cutting edge and key to the success of all facilities professionals throughout our membership.

Proposals are being accepted for 60-minute concurrent sessions.
More information about submission requirements are detailed under the Conference Sessions tab on the APPA 2015 web page.

If you have questions, contact Suzanne Healy, director of professional development, at or 703-542-3833.