Feeling pressure to engage in sustainable practices? Motivated to do something but not sure where to start? Trying to please everyone with limited funds? Feeling a bit guilty that you can’t substantially influence the future environment? Well, you’re not at all alone. This is the world that most Facility Managers live in. Is your parent organization or those occupying your facilities embracing stewardship of the environment? The expression most often is that “it all starts at the top” and in most cases that may be true however, we can make some change that just may be the spark that motivates a larger portion of the stakeholders to endorse our initiatives.
We will explore an array of options that can be undertaken to either initiate or strengthen programs in reducing energy, water, and waste streams along with some newer areas such as healthier materials used in our workplaces. Finally, we will explore the Harvard Medical School lessons learned to date focused on existing, not new facilities. These efforts have been ongoing since about 2001 but in earnest since 2012. For instance, a 21% reduction in energy usage in an existing, predominantly wet laboratory environment.