April 2021 Content Feature: Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability

For the month of April, we will be featuring a variety of pieces that cover topics like the incentives for choosing solar energy, recycling basics for your facility, how to be sustainable, and more.

Some of the following features require IFMA Member or Knowledge Pass access.

Open Access

The Energy-Resilient City - Infographic
The Energy-Resilient City: Learn about the different ways a city can incorporate resilience in manufacturing, schools, universities, hospitals, multi-family, offices, community centers, and grocery/retail.

Registered Access

10 Actions Your Facility Can Take Toward a Blue Planet
Infographic with 10 simple tips on how to improve a facility's sustainability and recycling efforts. Includes links to additional resources where facility printouts and guides can be downloaded for free.

Recycling Basics for Your Facility
Listicle with three basic guidelines for a facility to recycle properly and items that should commonly be recycled by industry. Proper recycling is important for facilities because it can reduce operational costs, improve their sustainability portfolio and reduce contamination.

Zero Energy Buildings: The Future of the Built Environment
Read about the transition of the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) whose energy generation program supports sustainable infrastructures and the advancement of zero energy buildings.

Sustainability How-to Guide: Carbon Footprint
This guide provides process tools for monitoring building-related carbon emissions, presenting the GHG emission inventory process, discussing best practices and benchmarking, and explaining climate action planning and reporting procedure.

Sustainability How-to Guide: A Comprehensive Guide to Waste Stream Management
This guide presents a multifaceted approach to waste reduction that entails both resource and waste stream management. Life cycle assessment is discussed along with environmentally preferred purchasing programs and cost-efficient disposal methods.

Premium Access

Life After Carbon: The Next Global Transformation of Cities
Explores the ideas framed in “Life After Carbon,” a sweeping look at how the transition from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy will both disrupt and transform the way humans live, work, and play – particularly in the major urban areas of the United States and Europe. Discusses the roots of the research and insights that led to the book, how it came about, and how real estate and facilities professionals must learn to transform their basic thinking about urban planning and development.

Weathering Climate Change: Resiliency Strategies for Existing Buildings
In 2017, there was a shift within the facilities management community from sustainability to resiliency. The effort now is to counter the effects of climate change. Designing to withstand extreme weather harks to the dawn of architecture; maintaining continuity of operations has always been a mission of facility managers. In the coming decades, buildings will need to better handle rising water levels, increasingly severe storms, natural disasters, and terrorism. The goals are to shelter building occupants, avoid or minimize shutdowns, and preserve real estate assets. This program will present a model to identify strategies to build in resilience to achieve those goals, with the side effects of increased sustainability.

ENERGY Cost Savings for Facilities
Energy management is an integral part of the day-to-day operations for facility managers and property owners. Rising energy costs and increasing interest in sustainability are driving the need to reduce energy consumption in buildings and develop strategies for better management.

Carbon Reporting Basics Webinar
Investigate the drivers for sustainable building practices, the key issues of corporate sustainability, the impact of commercial property’s carbon footprint, and sustainability solutions based in emissions measurement and carbon reporting.

Carbon Reporting Basics
Investigate the drivers for sustainable building practices, the key issues of corporate sustainability, the impact of commercial property’s carbon footprint, and sustainability solutions based in emissions measurement and carbon reporting.

Knowledge Pass Access

The Savings and Incentives for Choosing Solar Energy in 2021
Facility managers around the U.S are running out of time to maximize the financial benefit that is the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC). Many are not aware of how this tax credit policy works to their advantage. Given that this tax mechanism is largely responsible for the 10,000% growth of the solar marketplace since its inception, it’s certainly worth a closer look so you can understand how to leverage its unique benefits.


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