Archive | January, 2011

Defining sustainability

Posted by: Doug Ballon Energy and Sustainability In a previous blog entitled “Measure twice, cut costs”, Peter Belisle suggested that many facilities managers may not realize potential cost savings. Coincidentally, sustainable facilities management was the topic on Sustainability Sessions—Jones Lang LaSalle’s forum of our energy and sustainability practice. Our guest speaker was Nathan Gauthier, LEED [...]

Kudos to Empire State Building Subs

Posted by: Dana Schneider Energy and Sustainability Services Now that the main infrastructure work on the Empire State Building energy retrofit is done, I’d just like to say to all our partners and sub-contractors on the project: You guys are the best! The unprecedented level of attention this project has received focused initially on the [...]

U.S. Fed cuts waste in leased space

Posted by: Andrew Burr Institute for Market Transformation  The U.S. government is laying the foundation for job growth, taxpayer savings and a more energy-efficient commercial building stock in 2011 and beyond. Starting Dec. 19, 2010, Federal agencies can sign leases only in energy-efficient buildings as designated by ENERGY STAR, or when no such space is [...]

Measure twice, cut costs

Posted by: Peter Belisle Energy and Sustainability Services, President IFMA, the International Facility Management Association, just released the results of its latest survey of facility managers, which includes a question on energy and sustainability strategies. The good news is that 85 percent of facility managers have energy conservation programs in place, with 61 percent planning to [...]

Green cleaning products

Posted by: Barbara Wichmann IT Sustainability Program Manager I received an email that made me aware of a disturbing environmental and health hazard that I think most people, myself included, are unaware of. The culprit is an antibacterial chemical used in many common household and commercial cleaning products called Triclosan. It is the main ingredient in [...]