By Susan Buchanan
Last week, the President introduced the Better Buildings Initiative, which is meant to improve energy efficiency in buildings across the country. Aiming to make buildings 20 percent more energy efficient over the next decade, the initiative will offer incentives to upgrade schools and other municipal buildings, universities, hospitals, offices, stores, and other commercial buildings.
Energy conservation initiatives focused on existing buildings have a huge potential to help create jobs, save money, and creating a better working environment. And, we know that everyone has a role to play in reducing energy consumption and promoting sustainability in their facilities. Ultimately, sustainable practices need to be integrated into both the facility management programs that companies implement on a day-to-day basis, and into their long-term capital planning process.
Because facility managers are on the front lines, it is up to you to raise the visibility and acceptance of these practices throughout your organizations. By evaluating sustainability opportunities – including those related to energy usage, environmental impact and indoor environmental quality – and building capital plans with sustainability as a priority, you can save valuable (and limited) funds and be a hero!