By Ameeta Soni, Chief Marketing Officer, VFA, Inc.

In the current issue of Educational Facility Planner, Bob Gorrell, director of New Mexico Public Schools Facilities Authority (NMPSFA), and Frank Salamone, senior business consultant at VFA, discuss the approach that NMPSFA took to prioritizing school facility needs statewide. The article, “Identifying and Funding the Greatest Needs in School Facilities,” reveals the need to consider not only the relative condition of schools, but also the educational adequacy standards set by the state.

Accurate, actionable information about facilities is vital to decision-makers, especially given the economic pressures on states. The ability to combine metrics on facility condition and educational adequacy and to rank schools accordingly has had a major impact on how New Mexico distributes funding.

In addition to facility condition, what other types of data are important to you?

VFA Helps Federal Agencies Evaluate, Prioritize Sustainability Investments for Greatest Impact

BOSTON—June 13, 2012—VFA, Inc., the leading provider of end-to-end solutions for facilities capital planning and asset management, today announced it is hosting a seminar on how federal agencies can comply with Executive Order 13514 to meet the Guiding Principles for High Performance Sustainable Buildings (HPSB) mandate. The seminar is taking place Thursday, June 14, from 7:30 to 11:00 a.m. at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel.

In this seminar, sustainability experts Michael Myers, CEO of Myers Verde Company, and VFA Project Director Susan Buchanan, LEED AP, will take an in-depth look at the requirements for the Guiding Principles for HPSB. They’ll review the Guiding Principles checklist, reporting options, intent and recommended evidence of compliance.

To meet this mandate, federal agencies must be able to evaluate and prioritize sustainability investments to achieve the greatest impact, all within the context of the agency mission. Myers and Buchanan will discuss the strategies federal agencies have implemented and the lessons they’ve learned in meeting the mandate. The key is integrating sustainability into the capital planning process, examining and ranking green improvements in the context of the agency’s overall capital needs.

Attendees will learn: the specific requirements of the HPSB Guiding Principles for Existing Buildings; the basic steps to use the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Portfolio Manager software and the Federal HPSB Checklist embedded within Portfolio Manager to track progress and document compliance; the strategies and solutions other federal agencies are using to comply with the HPSB performance requirements; and strategies to effectively define and track key performance metrics, including prioritization and ranking options

To register for the seminar, please visit http://success.vfa.com/201206SustainabilitySeminarReg.

To connect with VFA, please follow us on Twitter at @VFAINC, or visit our blog, Foundations, which provides information to readers that serves as a foundation for intelligent facilities capital planning and management.

By Susan Buchanan, LEED-AP, Project Director, VFA, Inc.

The deadline of Executive Order 13514 for meeting the Guiding Principles for HPSB is fast approaching. Federal agencies are under pressure to meet this mandate. Success hinges on the ability to evaluate and prioritize sustainability investments to achieve the greatest impact, all within the context of overall agency missions.

On Thursday, June 14, 2012, at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel, VFA is presenting an executive briefing, “The Guiding Principles for High Performance Sustainable Buildings – Lessons from the Field.” Michael Myers, sustainability and energy expert, and CEO of Myers Verde Company, will take an in-depth look at the Guiding Principles requirements and the HPSB Guiding Principles for Existing Buildings. He’ll review the Guiding Principles Checklist benefits, reporting options, intent, and recommended evidence of compliance. I will discuss the strategies several federal agencies have implemented and the lessons they’ve learned in meeting these mandates.

How are you addressing sustainability mandates?

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VFA’s Proven Approach Enables States to Develop Defensible Budgets, Obtain Funding

BOSTON—June 1, 2012—VFA, Inc., the leading provider of end-to-end solutions for facilities capital planning and asset management, today announced it will be showcasing its solutions for state governments at the National Association of State Facilities Administrators (NASFA) 2012 National Conference and Resource Expo, June 3-6, 2012 in Nashville.

VFA will be participating in the Parade of Exhibits on Monday, June 3, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. where it will demonstrate its facilities capital planning and asset management solutions in a brief presentation. VFA will also be available at Booth 18 to discuss how these solutions can be used to maintain accurate information for statewide facilities and create requests for deferred maintenance and renewal funding.

Multiple states from Virginia to California rely on VFA solutions to allocate limited capital funds, streamline the process of submission and approval of capital improvement requests to legislatures and other oversight bodies, and demonstrate effective stewardship of public assets.

VFA is sponsoring the NASFA 2012 Innovations Award that recognizes outstanding achievement by a state facility organization in establishing an innovative new program or improving an existing program.

To connect with VFA, please follow us on Twitter at @VFAINC, or visit our blog, Foundations, which provides information to readers that serves as a foundation for intelligent facilities capital planning and management.