Tag: facilities manager

Better Buildings Initiative Surpasses $15B in Energy Savings

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a total $15.3 billion in energy savings through the Better Buildings Initiative, a public-private partnership with more than 900 businesses, state and local governments, utilities, housing authorities, and other organizations across the United States pursuing ambitious energy, waste, water, and/or greenhouse gas reduction goals and sharing their solutions. […]

NSC Survey: Workplace Safety Issues Correlate with Depression, Anxiety

As the country observes Mental Health Awareness Month in May, the National Safety Council (NSC) has announced that the results of its Workforce Trends Indicator Survey show feelings of depression and anxiety were strongly correlated with how safe a respondent felt at work.  Respondents who felt unsafe at work were nearly three times more likely […]

Air Quality ‘Report Card’ Ranks Most Polluted and Cleanest Places in U.S.

Countless studies have found that good indoor air quality is critical for facility occupants’ health. But are your facilities, themselves, located in a region with a dangerous amount of outside air pollution to combat? The American Lung Association has released its 23rd annual “State of the Air” report card, which tracks and grades Americans’ exposure […]

U.S. Green Building Council Applauds Biden’s National COVID-19 Preparedness Plan

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has applauded the Biden administration’s National COVID-19 Preparedness Plan, which includes a strong focus on improving indoor air quality (IAQ) and ventilation in buildings. “As states loosen masking requirements, the White House is exactly right to prioritize indoor environmental quality in homes and buildings,” said Elizabeth Beardsley, Senior Policy Counsel […]

As COVID Cases Trend Downward, So Do Americans’ Handwashing Habits

Handwashing frequency has decreased 25% among American adults compared to when COVID-19 first hit, according to the latest Healthy Handwashing Survey from Bradley Corp. Specifically, in spring 2020, Americans were washing their hands an average of 10.5 times per day. This January, that number dropped by one-fourth to 7.8 times per day. While the adult […]

U.S. Agencies Seek Path to 100% Clean Energy for Federal Government

The Biden administration has taken an important step forward to decarbonize all U.S. federal facilities, with two major agencies launching a request for information (RFI) to help meet the clean energy goal. Issued by the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), the RFI aims to gather market information and […]

That’s a Wrap on FM Compliance Week

As FM Compliance Week comes to a close, we want to take a look back at all the offerings and events that transpired throughout this exciting event! Monday Back to Basics | The ADA’s Impact on Facility Compliance  Our Back to Basics series highlights the building blocks of facilities management and essential information that any FM professional […]

8 Core Requirements of OSHA’s Vaccine Mandate for Employers

Update – Jan. 14, 2022: The U.S. Supreme Court made its ruling on Jan. 13. For initial updates and analysis, please read “Supreme Court Rejects One Vax Mandate, But Employers Urged to Stay Tuned” here. At press time, the country waits for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide the fate of the Occupational Safety and […]

Is an HVAC Upgrade Your Ticket to RTO?

Have you had to delay your return-to-office (RTO) date due to surges of COVID-19 in your community? If your employees have already returned, are you worried about the spread of the Omicron variant? Are you skeptical about the value of indoor air quality, or instead, have you wondered about adding portable air cleaners? Have you […]

Faces of Facilities: Stan Robinson from Roanoke City Public Schools

Welcome to the inaugural installment of “Faces of Facilities,” a new Q&A series profiling facilities management experts. Stan Robinson, Director of Facilities at Roanoke City Public Schools (RCPS), joins us as our first interview guest. In his role at the K-12 school district in Roanoke, Va., Stan manages 36 facilities and dozens of team members. […]