New Recycling Initiatives to Save Time and Money
The Howard County Chamber of Commerce and Howard County Government have teamed up to develop a regional business recycling program. In many cases, recycling can provide businesses with a cost savings over solid waste disposal. The Howard County program may be utilized by businesses in Howard County and the surrounding areas and includes options for individual contracting or participation in Co-op recycling. More information is available via the business recycling brochure.
Here's some of what’s happening in our industry and the world recently:
July 31, 2012
Commercial Property Executive: BOMA Special Report: Energy Efficiency Measures Deliver Outsized Income Gains
Building owners and managers should look at even modest energy efficiency upgrades as a three-legged stool supporting stronger net operating incomes, says Patty Anderson, an account executive with the McKinstry sustainability consulting firm in Seattle.
GreenBiz: Why sustainability is crucial to risk management
Policymakers and financiers seeking to bring equilibrium back to the markets should heed the thinking of financial sustainability advocates, a new report says.
Facilities.net: Five Ways to Reduce Restroom Operating Costs
In this age of cost cutting, facility managers are taking a close look at all aspects of their operations, including restrooms. Maintenance, cleaning, energy use, and even supplies are all being examined to find ways to reduce costs without curtailing service.
Today’s Facility Manager: Latest Walkway Safety Standard Announced: ANSI/NFSI B101.6-2012
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) B101 Committee on Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention has released the latest in its line of walkway safety standards.
Buildings: Facility Tips: 8 Summer Scent Offenders
Higher temperatures can mean more than just oppressive heat and humidity.
July 9, 2012
Facilities.net: What Makes a Building Green?
Facility managers looking at green building ratings systems have more high-performance options than ever. But that doesn't mean it's easy to pick the right one; while all of them have basic similarities, the differences can be significant when it comes time to make a decision.
GreenBiz: Green meetings get easier with new standards
Today, more sustainable meetings, encouraged by EPA guidance on the topic and also available with the help of professional planners, mean more than what’s green. Sustainable meetings, in addition to the environment, consider social factors; they also make good business sense.
Today’s Facility Manager: BOMA EER Benchmark Shows Income Increases
The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International, in collaboration with research firm Kingsley Associates, has released the 2012 Experience Exchange Report (EER). Read more about the report in this article.
Buildings.com: The Case for Trash Compactors
This article outlines 3 important elements to consider when reviewing your waste management strategy.
BBJ: Grand Prix construction to kick off July 30
Construction for the Grand Prix of Baltimore's track will begin July 30, with most work being done at night.
July 3, 2012
Commercial Property Executive: BOMA Special Report: Stephenson Stresses Vigilance for Tenant Savings
Office building owners and managers can convince tenants to significantly reduce energy consumption – but they need to be vigilant in ongoing communication and relations efforts, stressed Jenny Stephenson, program manager with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program.
Facilities.net: Showcase: Power Reliability
Part one of a series of articles about power reliability and what to do in an emergency power situation.
GreenBiz: 6 keys to broadening and deepening sustainability
Despite the growing number of corporate leaders that recognize the importance of sustainability as a long-term business imperative, major challenges persist in closing the “execution gap” between strategy and actual performance.
Today’s Facility Manager: July Is Eye Injury Prevention Month
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), more than 1,000 eye injuries occur in American workplaces every day. Read more about how to keep your tenants safe.
Buildings.com: Benchmarking for Sustainability
Prior to the early 1980’s, the cost of electricity and fuel was very manageable. Facility managers did not use terms like “benchmarking”, or “sustainability”. As the 1980’s progressed and into the 1990’s, awareness grew from atmospheric research that we may be putting the balance of our ecology in jeopardy.
June 26, 2012
GreenBiz: DOE energy efficiency centers to train building operators
Commercial building operators are about to get the training they need to optimize building efficiency while reducing energy waste and saving money.
Facilities.net: Defining Maintenance: Training and Education
Maintenance and engineering management is continuing its transition from job to full-fledged profession. In the process, managers are having to rethink almost everything they do, from specifying products and setting budgets to communicating with top management and getting involved in renovations and new construction projects.
Today’s Facility Manager: OSHA Hazard Communication Standard Revised
The Hazard Communication Standard aims to benefit workers by reducing confusion about chemical hazards in the workplace, facilitating safety training, and improving understanding of hazards, especially for low literacy workers.
Buildings.com: Super-Sized Wind Turbines for Greener Electricity
Scientists have concluded that the larger the wind turbine, the greener the electricity it produces. Read more in this article.
Sustainable Business: eBay's New Data Center Powered 100% by Fuel Cells
eBay announced it will power its flagship data center with renewable energy as its primary power source, the first company to do so.