Some organizations were forced to put their sustainability goals on the back burner during the recent recession, according to Floor Daily. While "greening" operations was of significant importance before the onset of the downturn, it took the backseat to questions about companies' future stability. Now, economic conditions are improving and facilities managers are finding they can once again address these important business concerns.
When enterprises embrace environmentally friendly measures, the benefits are two-fold. They can simultaneously lower operating expenses and reduce their carbon footprints, which explains why sustainability initiatives have taken off among facilities managers.
Greater push for green
If FMs are not able to influence their supervisors to invest in a technologically smarter or newer location, they will have to make changes in existing structures. This can prove challenging because older buildings often contain features that can counteract energy efficiency - they are drafty, compartmentalized and use outdated fixtures. However, today's skilled FMs can use these locations as opportunities to showcase their professional backgrounds and advanced tools such as an integrated workplace management system.
Where to start on sustainability
1. Assess the current situation
2. Pick a starting point
3. Deploy the plan, measure it and check it regularly
Find the most cost-effective solutions
Some cost-effective methods for increasing sustainability include substituting energy efficient lighting retrofits that do not require new fixtures, deploying low-aerators on bathroom and shower faucets, educating employees about best practices, establishing recycling programs and adopting greener cleaning policies, the source adds.
If FMs have bigger budgets, they might be able to convince C-suite executives to invest in energy efficient equipment, enact new policies regarding buy-in from constituents and modify building controls.
Assessment is crucial