Virtually every business has a carbon footprint, and with that the responsibility to understand its effect on the environment and all the entities with which it interacts. While climate action is often associated with the largest corporations, the fact is that small to midsize businesses (SMBs) make up almost 90% of global enterprises. Their individual […]
Feds Ink Another MOU to Power Facilities with 100% Clean Energy
The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and the White House Council on Environmental Quality announced a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) with major utility Xcel Energy. Under the MOU, the parties will work toward powering federal facilities in Minnesota, Michigan, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin with 100% carbon-pollution-free electricity (CFE) by 2030. The deal is in […]
How Can CCTV Cameras Be Hacked?
Closed-circuit television (CCTV) surveillance is one of many investments that more businesses are prioritizing when protecting their facilities. While it can prove invaluable at securing your premises and preventing unwanted intrusion or trespassing, one—often invisible—threat can hoodwink even the most experienced operatives in the game. It’s ironic considering video surveillance is meant to prevent unwanted […]
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a settlement with Anheuser-Busch LLC resolving the brewing giant’s violations of the Clean Air Act’s chemical accident prevention requirements and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act. Anheuser-Busch will pay $537,000 in penalties and implement a comprehensive safety review of all 11 of its breweries that use the […]
Tech That Can Improve Emergency Lockdown Protocols
The rapid growth of technology has bettered our world in countless ways, some that we probably hardly ever consider. One of these is the amount of safety we have access to if we choose to access it. Another thing that technology has done is give us access to news anytime we want it. Through social […]
Under Construction: Top Facility Projects of May 2023
Facilities Management Advisor’s “Under Construction” series highlights some of the latest, most interesting facility project announcements every month. Tesla in Texas There’s no denying Elon Musk is a brilliant businessman, but he’s also a talented showman. Nearly everything he does is flashy and intriguing, including space rockets, flamethrowers, Twitter takeovers, and a host of product […]
Faces of Facilities: Carla Gonzalez from ESFM
With two years of experience in facilities management, Carla Gonzalez is relatively new to the industry. But she is already a strong leader, loves her job, and plays a major role in sustainability. Gonzalez is an operations manager at ESFM, the corporate integrated facilities management division of Compass Group USA. The company provides FM services […]
Back to Basics: Preparing Your Facility for Hurricanes
Back to Basics is an article series that highlights important, but possibly overlooked, information facilities management professionals should know. This year’s hurricane season began on June 1, so it’s time for facilities management professionals to prepare. This is important because above-average Atlantic hurricane activity is predicted for 2022 by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration […]
Infographic: Why Do Building Codes Matter?
Facilities managers should understand the importance of meeting current building codes, both when constructing and when maintaining safe and sustainable facilities. This infographic offers key reasons why building codes matter, courtesy of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). To read more about building codes and how they are updated, be sure to check out “Back […]
FMA Shorts: Should a New Facility Manager Review a Facility’s Safety Plan?
On this latest episode of FMA Shorts, Lesley Groff, Senior Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds at UGI Utilities Inc., explains whether new facility managers should review a facility’s existing safety plan. This clip was taken from a recent webinar panel session titled “The Facility Manager’s Role in Maintaining a Safe Workplace.” The full session is […]