Navigating the complexities of implementing change can be daunting. Change often demands a structured approach, and maturity models offer just that. They provide a consistent framework for organizations to assess, plan, and execute change effectively. In the context of integrating health and sustainability into educational facility operations, understanding and utilizing a maturity model can pave the way for a healthier, more sustainable future for students, staff, and the broader community.
Being a facility management executive in 2023 is no easy task. The modern facility executive must maintain a delicate balance; from providing excellent customer service, being responsive to building users and the staff, and ensuring that supply chain issues are minimized to maintain operational success — all while juggling these issues within mostly slim operational budgets. Here’s how the University of Georgia FMD uses the HGSC program to support employees.
Water quality emergencies can create environmental and health hazards for students and staff in addition to disrupting operations for days or even weeks at a time. Proper planning can help schools contain the scope of a water quality emergency, reduce the potential for exposures to students and staff, and minimize the disruption to operations.
Regularly monitoring indoor air quality can help identify problem areas and opportunities for improvement. Ongoing monitoring of contaminants requires an investment of staff time and financial resources. So, it’s important to carefully consider the unique needs and challenges of your school facilities when selecting technical devices to perform air testing and determine contaminant levels.
We’re excited to announce Healthy Green Schools & Colleges’ Fall Virtual Summit, an event designed to connect facilities professionals in the HGSC program, sponsors, and partners to share insights and foster collaborative problem-solving in the effort to integrate health and sustainability into day-to-day facilities operations and management in K-12 and higher education institutions.
The 2023 Healthy Green Schools & Colleges Summer Summit brought together HGSC program sponsors, partners, and school facility directors from across the country who are committed to improving the indoor air quality and sustainability of their K12 districts and higher education institutions.
Cape Elizabeth School Department Facilities Director, David Bagdasarian shares what the HGSC self-assessment revealed about his school and why creating healthy buildings is important.
Kimberly officially retired as the Senior Director of Services at the University of Georgia. During her career, Kim developed the FMD Building Service Worker Academy, mentored staff into leadership positions, and much more.
It’s never easy admitting mistakes, showing weakness, or flat out failing at something. But if a cleaning department doesn’t have a strong program in place, success will be an uphill battle. To be successful, it’s imperative to establish a baseline for departments to build from.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics announced a new funding opportunity for providing technical assistance to businesses (e.g., information, training, expert advice) on source reduction, also known as pollution prevention (P2) to improve human health and the environment in disadvantaged communities.