More facilities managers who were once on the fence about going green - wondering if the work will generate substantial ROI and if occupants will be less happy with their environments - are hopping off and fully embracing sustainability. What was once an eco-friendly buzzword has gained traction and can increase satisfaction on many levels.
"We must find new ways to cut or eliminate wasteful activities that produce bottom line savings while meeting environmental objectives," Robert Ule,president of the Redwood Empire Chapter of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), told the North Bay Business Journal. Ule explains that when it comes to energy efficiency, "better is often cheaper in the long term, not more expensive."
If FMs can use advanced technology such as space utilization software to demonstrate how much space is being used and where energy consumption could be reduced, they can convince supervisors to get on board.