The earliest expression of the concept “think global, act local” has been attributed to Scots town planner and social activist Patrick Geddes, who first advocated environmental responsibility in the early 1900’s as an essential consideration in economic development. Geddes was prescient in that he believed in working with the environment versus working against it. (more…)
On average, public school principals spend over 30% of a 60-hour+ work week on general administrative tasks such as building maintenance, managing behaviors, buses and school budgets. This means less time for developing teachers, interacting with their students and reaching out to their communities. According to Gail Connelly, the executive director of the National Association of Elementary School Principals, “We’ve entered the era of high-stakes accountability…We know the principal’s role is more complex and multifaceted than it’s ever been.” She states the increasing workload on principals has caused a sharp increase in principal turnover, with the average principal staying three years in a school compared to 10 years or more a decade ago. (more…)
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Facilities management has long been a male-dominated career field. In fact, it may be even more lopsided than many other male-dominated fields: In facilities management (FM), men outnumber women in leadership roles by nine to one, according to a recent survey from the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources.
That’s slowly starting to change, however, as a growing number of women are beginning careers as facilities managers. It’s a welcome change, and one that’s likely to improve the quality of life in many facilities. (more…)
Winter brings long nights, cold temperatures—and high energy bills. All of that artificial heat and light uses up energy resources and costs a lot.
While we’re often focused on not running up our heating bills at home, it’s just as important to be aware of skyrocketing costs at the office. Here are a few areas to focus on when cutting costs. (more…)
Asset Management and Engineering
Every organization has a mix of assets on its balance sheet. These probably include infrastructure, human resources, financial assets, as well as some “intangibles.” The key to an organization’s success is getting the most value out of each one.
K12 Schools, Sodexo North America
Do you blame the pollen count for your coughing, sneezing and stuffy nose? Do you track the pollen count and stay indoors on heavy pollen days? I hate to tell you, but the quality of air inside of buildings, where people spend about 90 percent of their time, is even more important to your health. Ironically, according to the EPA, indoor air can be two to five times more polluted—and in some cases up to 100 times more polluted—than outdoor air. This is a significant issue in schools, where exposure to allergens, such as dust mites, pests and molds can trigger asthma symptoms. (more…)
This is the third in a continuing blog series based on the findings from the Sodexo 2016 Healthcare Compendium, a compilation of research that examines the increasing trend toward a focus on value in the healthcare sector. Read the full article: Lowell General Hospital: Partnering for Excellence (more…)
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This week the facilities management community came together to celebrate World FM Day and honor all the men and women who support the health, safety, productivity and well-being of people who utilize the built environment. In honor of this annual occasion, I wanted to talk about the importance of effectively managing your assets. (more…)
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Data Analytics for Healthcare Outcomes
ISO:55000 sounds like the name for the latest addition to the Star Trek fleet, but it’s actually the international gold standard in facilities asset management. This sounds a lot less exciting, unless, like me, you are focused on improving the Quality of Life for clients and customers in their buildings through an improved Asset Management Framework (AMF). For me, ISO:55000 certification is not only exciting, it’s the pinnacle of achievement! (more…)