The Office of Sustainability is housed in The Department of Facilities Management (FM). FM is responsible for ensuring that the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of all University facilities and grounds support the academic, research, and administrative functions of the University, while balancing financial and technical constraints with aesthetic and historical concerns. In Rhode Island, the University owns and maintains 226 buildings, totaling approximately 6,800,000 gross square feet. The mission of Facilities Management is to support the University by enhancing the quality of physical facilities. Facilities does this through planning, designing, engineering, constructing, and maintaining in a responsive, service-oriented, effective, and environmentally-conscious manner.