Faramarz Vakili is the director of campus sustainability operations and the associate director of the Physical Plant Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His responsibilities include overseeing facilities maintenance, in-house remodeling, utilities generation and distribution, fleet management, and sustainability operations on a campus of 300 buildings and over 20 million gross square feet of instructional and research space. He is also the director of UW-Madison’s WE CONSERVE environmental stewardship initiative, which exceeded its original goal of reducing the university’s energy consumption and eco-footprint by 20 percent per square foot by year 2010.
Faramarz serves as a faculty member for the APPA Institute for Facilities Management. During his career, he has developed and implemented a number of progressive and innovative facilities management and energy conservation programs. In recognition of his accomplishments, he received the United States Energy Association’s 2004 Energy Leadership Public Award. Faramarz is also the recipient of the UW-Madison 2010 Wisconsin Alumni Associate Award for Excellence in Leadership for the University Community.