What sustainability actions are you taking for your facilities?

Sustainable facility managementThere is a lot of interest and activity related to sustainability of the facilities we manage and our facility management operations.  We are running several surveys to help identify what measures are being taken and who within the organization is driving these efforts as a first step to more organized benchmarking of the value and challenges with various aspects of facility sustainability.

Whether you are a participant in one of our groups or not, we are interested in learning about how you are addressing sustainability across your facilities portfolio, and challenges you are facing.  Please take our survey and we will share the results with you.

Take the STATE OF FACILITY SUSTAINABILITY ACTIVITY Survey

Note:  IAMFA Members should take this version instead (it is very similar): Cultural Institution Sustainability  Survey

WUG Meeting on August 3-4, 2017 – San Ramon, CA

The next meeting of the Western Utilities Group will be hosted by PG&E in San Ramon, CA on August  3-4, 2017.

Plan to meet for a group networking dinner on Wednesday, August 2nd at 6:30 p.m. Facility Management, benchmarking, and best practices will be discussed and reviewed on Thursday and Friday. The meeting will conclude at Noon on Friday.

Benchmarking for Small Cultural Institutions

A condensed benchmarking survey will be continued for smaller cultural institutions, those with  an area of less than 50,000 ft.² or 5000 m². The survey is designed to provide KPI’s (key performance indicators) for facility managers that do not have the staff or resources to participate in the  comprehensive IAMFA survey. The survey questions were developed with input from the steering committee that included:

  • Brent Adams, Library of Congress
  • Brian Coleman, Museum Victoria
  • Jennifer Fragomeni, Exploratorium
  • Kendra Gastright & Steve Hinz, Smithsonian Institution
  • John Glen, Auckland War Memorial Museum
  • Patrick Jones, Art Institute of Chicago
  • Guy Larocque, Canadian Museum of Civilization
  • Linda McMillian & Jack Plumb, National Library of Scotland
  • Rich Reinert, Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Dave Samec, National Gallery
  • Tony Young, Carnegie Museums

Very positive feedback was received during a general session at the IAMFA conference in Boston, attended by about 100 participants . Nearly all the attendees  of smaller institutions indicated they would participate in a survey of this type and felt that it would meet their needs. There are 14 questions covering the critical aspects of benchmarking in the following sections.IMG_4780

  • Background
  • Space
  • Utilities
  • Maintenance
  • Janitorial
  • Security

These sections represent about 95% of the controllable operating spend for a typical institution. Most participants should be able to complete their data input in less than 30 minutes after they have collected their data.

The survey is priced at about half of the regular rate and includes a report, technical assistance, IMG_0369participation in the benchmarking workshop that is scheduled on Sunday before each annual IAMFA conference.

For more information please contact Bob Lambe at 1.928.213.9767 or email.