Sustainability Initiative: Facilities Managers Network

Facilities managers play a key role in the operational efficiencies of Boulder County's largest buildings and structures. Currently, the commercial/institutional sector accounts for 47 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the county, the largest contribution of any sector.

For this and other reasons, Boulder County launched a Facilities Managers Network in 2007 for facilities managers from major institutions in the county to help create a more sustainable Boulder County and provide an example for other communities to follow.

The group, which meets quarterly, includes facilities managers from local municipalities, educational institutions, and large private facilities.

Participants expect to address topics such as energy efficiency strategies, zero waste practices, solar installations, green building, water efficiency measures, indoor air quality, and more. A discussion is already under way about how to utilize biomass heating to reduce use fossil fuel consumption and pollution.

A similar network for vehicle Fleet ManagersĀ launched inĀ 2008.