Sustainable Spaces… Achieving Operational Excellence One Building At A Time
The IFMA Richmond chapter is in the process of creating a sustainability certification program for commercial facilities in our region. The program, Sustainable Spaces, is being developed to meet a need in the marketplace for understanding and recognition of sustainable facility management. Most owners and operators of facilities recognize the importance of operating our facilities in an efficient and sustainable manner. The majority of certification programs, however, focus on the building itself without an emphasis on the total organization.
Our program bridges the gap between the efficient building and the organization to reach operational excellence. It outlines what is important in sustainable facility management and can be used as a guide to evaluating and improving your facilities. Our tool is an honor-based, easy to use self-assessment checklist which allows you to evaluate your facility and your overall organizational sustainability strategy. We are giving you the opportunity to be recognized for your energy and sustainability achievements, without requiring excessive documentation or significant investment in time or money.
Our program consists of the following categories:
- Materials & Resources
- Workplace Management
- Quality of Services
- Indoor Environmental Quality
Our goal in creating this tool was to bridge the gap between the building and the organization, to educate our members in sustainable facility management, and to recognize our members for their energy and sustainability achievements, without requiring excessive documentation or significant investment in time or money.
We hope you will join us in this effort and participate in our pilot program. We are currently seeking participants in the pilot program this fall to be completed at the end of the year. Participants will be provided access to the self-assessment tool, user support, registration in the program at no cost, and recognition upon meeting program certification requirements. You will also be helping to shape the development of this tool through your comments and suggestions.
The IFMA Richmond chapter is collaborating with the IFMA Denver chapter to bring this exciting tool to the marketplace. If you would like to participate or use this tool, please contact Maureen Roskoski at email@example.com.