Category: Sustainability/Business Continuity

How Climate Change Is Affecting Construction Jobs

The cost of the effects of climate change is steadily increasing, putting a strain on the buildings and infrastructure around us. Sustainability efforts are being enacted every day to help these effects, with one added bonus: They are generating job growth and positively affecting the economy while helping to battle the effects of climate change.

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Staying Connected During a Disaster

Workplace emergencies and/or natural disasters can cause massive disruptions to your business. To stay ahead of the curve, you should address business continuity in your emergency preparedness plan.

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Get Your Facility Certified for its Waste Diversion Efforts

When it comes to sustainability, we have all heard the three Rs: reduce, reuse, and recycle. Though, there are many practices that you can implement at your facility to achieve additional waste diversion, starting with a physical waste audit. Understanding your waste generation is a first critical step in achieving 100 percent waste diversion, also […]

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Business Continuity Planning Basics to Remember

The U.S. Small Business Administration estimates that 25% of businesses forced to contend with a major disaster never reopen. However, one way to improve a company’s odds of surviving a disaster is to be proactive and anticipate and prepare for possible emergency scenarios using a business continuity plan. Don’t let your facility become the next […]

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How Green Buildings Promote Health and Performance

To make buildings more comfortable, functional, and efficient, facility management professionals should consider how people think and feel. Research shows that investing in green buildings not only helps the environment but also has a positive impact on our psychology. From improving decision-making ability to minimizing depression, green buildings enhance your organization and contribute to your […]

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Environmentally Preferred Purchasing Programs, Part 2: Building Your Policy

In Part 1, we looked at the benefits of implementing an EPP policy and discussed how to get started prioritizing what you want to include in an EPP. As the champion of an EPP in your facility, your input will be crucial in the construction of your facility’s EPP. Today, we’ll present specific recommendations of […]

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Environmentally Preferred Purchasing Programs, Part 1: Why You Need One at Your Facility

As a facilities manager, you are in a position to have a significant impact on the environmental footprint of your business or facility, and help keep your fellow employees healthy. Minimizing waste, conserving water and electricity, improving indoor air quality—all fall within the role of a facilities manager and ultimately have a positive impact on […]

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The Benefits of Green Cleaning Your Facility

Cold and cough season is officially here. As a facilities manager, it’s important to implement a rigorous cleaning plan at your building to remove dust, allergens, and infectious agents. It’s equally important to maintain well-stocked restrooms and break rooms, with soap and paper towels, to promote handwashing—one of the first lines of defense we have […]

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Demand Response (DR): Reduce Costs; Stay Productive

As a facilities manager, you know that decreasing the energy consumption of your building is good for the planet and the bottom line. You may have already deployed effective strategies, including purchasing energy-efficient equipment and promoting a culture of conservation within the workplace. But did you know that there may be additional incentives for businesses […]