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IFMA assists facility management professionals in planning and implementing strategic sustainability programs.

The integration of sustainability into the facility management process is a natural fit. Facility management professionals have long been concerned with and engaged in the environmental aspects of the facilities they operate, especially from the perspective of energy conservation and high-performance buildings.

IFMA is committed to being the thought leader in sustainability and is dedicated to enhancing the capacity of its members to meet the challenges of sustainable facility management. IFMA provides the opportunity to learn through education and credentialing programs; connect to a diverse global community of professionals; and, as stewards of the built environment, advance the practice of sustainability throughout the building life cycle.


  • Features

    Sustainability Spotlight
    IFMA Seattle Chapter
    Learn about innovative sustainability practices, events, initiatives and projects created by IFMA members!

    Become an IFMA ENERGY STAR®!
    Join your peers in setting up your ENERGY STAR building profile and sharing data through IFMA's Master Account.

    Getting Started with Sustainable Facility Management
    This white paper shows FMs how to start an organization on the sustainability path. The detailed findings in this Getting Started How-to Guide include a step-by-step process for assessing your organization, finding a starting point, identifying initiatives, evaluating their value, and implementing, measuring and monitoring effectiveness. Case studies of three organizations on the path of Sustainable Facility Management round out the paper.

  • Professional Development

    Learn about sustainable facility practices

    Sustainability Facility Professional™ credential
    IFMA's SFP™ credential provides the sustainability knowledge to operate a facility on a daily and long-term basis to achieve its desired performance goals. Unlike any other credential or building certification, the SFP helps facility professionals play a key leadership role in creating, managing and operating sustainable facilities by giving them the skills to continually improve their facility's impact on the environment and the community.

    FM Sustainability: Creating Your Action Plan
    This online course provides valuable information on the most effective way to introduce sustainable practices into your facility management operations.

    Continuing Education
    Search a variety of educational opportunities including on demand recordings, webinars, and more to help you meet your unique professional goals.

    Sustainability How-to Guides
    This white paper series is a practical resource providing data, best practices, emerging trends, and case studies (including ROI) on a range of subjects related to sustainability in the built environment to assist you in implementing sustainable practices.

  • Community

    Engage in group discussions on sustainable practices

    Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability Community (ESS COMM)
    The ESS COMM is an online community forum for professional collaboration in which members can share knowledge, insights, challenges, solutions and discuss sustainability-related topics.
    This is YOUR community! Each user makes this community dynamic, so get involved!

    IFMA Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability Strategic Advisory Group
    The ESS SAG has been tasked by IFMA's board of directors to empower facility management professionals in leading the implementation of sustainable practices in their workplaces.

    Have you found a sustainable facility management practice that works well for you?
    Share it with your colleagues on IFMA's Community »

    If you haven't yet, join the conversations on the official IFMA SFP LinkedIn Group and IFMA's Sustainability LinkedIn Group

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