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Understanding the Sustainable Legislative
The IFMA Sustainability Committee (ISC) is
Environment, & Sustainable Best Practices
tasked with developing recommendations for the
IFMA Board of Directors related to IFMA’s
The guides are reviewed by an Editorial board,
tactical and strategic initiatives for sustainability
an Advisory board and by invited, external
and the built environment. An abbreviated
reviewers. They are distributed via the IFMA
version of ISC’s sustainability position statement
Foundation’s web site free of charge.
appears on the back of this flyer.
A current initiative involves working with the
IFMA Foundation on the development of a
series of how-to guides that will help educate
facility management professionals, and others
with similar interests, on a wide variety of topics
associated with sustainability and the built ISC Members
 Eric Teicholz, Chair, IFMA Fellow,
The general objectives of these “how-to” guides President, Graphic Systems, Inc.
are as follows:  Charlie Claar, PE, CFM, CFMJ, Director,
Academic Affairs, IFMA Foundation
1. To provide data associated with a wide range  Isilay Civan, PhD2, LEED AP, Strategic
of subjects related to sustainability, energy Planner, HOK
savings and the built environment  Bill Conley, CFM, CFMJ, IFMA Fellow,
2. To provide practical information associated LEED AP, Managing Director, Sustainable Formatted: Bullets and Numbering
with how to implement the steps being Development, Pacific Building Care
recommended  Laurie Gilmore, PE, CFM, LEED AP,
3. To present a business case and return-on- Associate, Facility Engineering Associates
investment (ROI) analysis, wherever possible,  Chris Hodges, P.E., CFM, LEED AP, IFMA
justifying each green initiative being discussed Fellow, Principal, Facility Engineering
4. To provide information on how to sell Associates
management on the implementation of the  Angela Lewis, LEED AP, PhD Candidate,
sustainability technology under discussion University of Reading
5. To provide case studies of successful  Marc S. Liciardello, CFM MBA CM, Vice
examples of implementing each green President, Corporate Services, ARAMARK
initiative  John McGee, Chief Operations Officer, Ice
6. To provide references and additional Energy
resources (e.g., web sites, articles, glossary)  Patrick Okamura, CFM, CSS, CIAQM, LEED
where readers can go for additional AP, Facility Manager, General Dynamics C4
information Systems
7. To work with other associations for the  Cathy Pavick, IFMA Vice President of
purpose of sharing and promoting Education
sustainability content  Ron Sachse, CFM, Senior Project Manager,
Scitor Corporation
As of November, 2009, the status of guide  Andrea Sanchez, Director of
development and publication is as follows: Communications, Editor-in-Chief, Facility
Completed: Getting Started, Energy Star, Food Management Journal, IFMA Association
Service  Sarah Slaughter, Professor, MIT, Sloan
In Production: Lighting, Low Cost/No Cost, School of Management
Landscaping  Jeffrey J. Tafel, CAE, IFMA Director of
Committed: Analyzing Capital Requirements for Councils
Energy Retrofits, Survey of Sustainable Building  Craig Zurawski, Executive Director, Alliance
Certification Systems, Water, Waste for Sustainable Built Environments (ASBE)
Management, Re-Commissioning,
Enable facility management professionals to stakeholders, boards, public constituencies,
lead the implementation of sustainable and C-suites on all matters related to
practices in their workplaces and sustainability.
Overview  Establish IFMA as a global leader
The desired future state of sustainability and expert resource on
implies a paradigm shift in the way we live, sustainability.
work and play. As the largest international  Develop an integrated sustainability
facility management association with strategy framework that:
research and education competencies, a o Addresses long-term and
globally recognized facility management short-term building portfolio
credentialing program, strategic partnerships goals
and delivery capabilities, IFMA will take a o Creates a “Total Life Cycle”
leadership role in expanding, refining and sustainability strategy
improving sustainable practices. As a global approach to managing
representative in facility management and a building portfolios and that
major source of knowledge and thoughtful positively impacts local
leadership for the built environment, IFMA is communities and the
also a logical champion for the global environment.
development and deployment of  Provide the training and resources
sustainability models, frameworks and for members to sustainably manage
practices that connect sustainable strategy their assets either alone or with
formulation with operational execution. strategic partners.

Sustainable facility management is a

proactive process focused on enhancing
social responsibility through:
 Strategically managing sustainable
 Minimizing the impact of facilities on
the environment
 Contributing to the bottom line
through reduced operating cost,
while enabling increased health,
safety, and productivity of

Within private and public organizations,

facility managers are in a unique position to
accomplish these goals by strategically and
operationally managing the entire lifecycle of
an organization’s property assets that is in
concert with the organization’s strategic
plan, business plan, environmental
management plan and the needs of affected
communities. At the same time, these
actions taken should protect and regenerate
the natural environment. Once
accomplished, facility management will
become “trusted advisors” to their