Sustainability is becoming a hot topic within the facility management industry. While many managers have been able to create successful initiatives, even earning themselves LEED accreditation from the U.S. Green Building Council, some may be having a hard time finding ways to convince major decision makers to support a green initiative. But, according to Environmental Leader, there are few things supervisors can do to set up a community supported, eco-friendly system at their facility.
According to Environmental Leader, in order for facility managers to maximize their ability to provide green initiatives, they may want to start increasing and leveraging their visibility. By networking with individuals across departments and creating an initiative to get the community involved in maintaining a sustainable building, supervisors are more likely to acquire the attention of major decision makers, which can provide the funding or the equipment needed to undertake larger eco-friendly initiatives.
Furthermore, in order to keep all staff members involved in a sustainability effort updated on the progress and success of the program, using a CMMS software to track and report key statistics can maintain the clarity needed for full support. In addition, CMMS solutions can help provide facility managers information on what may be hindering operations and which areas can be considered the program's strengths.
And, thirdly, partnering with a promotional campaign can help increase a building's green efforts by adding an ethos behind it that may have been lacking. These campaigns allow for press releases, resources as well as recognition of achievement from third-party bodies, which help boost a facility's status within a community.
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