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green@work : Magazine : Back Issues : Nov/Dec 2007 : Between Blue & Yellow

Between Blue and Yellow

Ecological Design

by Dennis Walsh, Publisher

We all have a stake in the world’s environmental future. The fields of green building and ecological design have much to offer to those who are seeking to improve the ecological impact of schools and school grounds. Well established disciplines are particularly useful to existing schools considering renovations to make them more energy, water, and resource efficient as well as healthier places to work and play. Besides the obvious environmental advantages, today’s builders and owners recognize the “triple bottom line” of environmentally friendly, energy-saving buildings.

There is a new sense of what it means to be environmentally friendly on our nation’s campuses. Higher education is showing a commitment to sustainability, a commitment that current and future students, faculty, and administrators are sure to appreciate. Our nation’s institutions of higher education spend a significant portion of their annual operating budgets on utility services, diverting funds from valuable programs and community-building activities. The Alliance to Save Energy’s Green Campus Program is leading the way towards campus sustainability by bridging the divide between students and institutional energy costs.

Colleges are not alone. Electric utility companies are beginning to face the realities of depleting natural resources and are looking for more efficient and environmentally friendly alternatives for their energy sources. The Province of Ontario has embarked on an ambitious smart meter project that is expected to make time-of-use electricity pricing available to all of their electricity customers by 2010. However, we do not need to wait for new technology or designs. The technology and designs available today can achieve dramatic improvements in the energy efficiency of buildings.

You read a lot about green buildings in Green At Work because they are profitable, healthy places to live and work. Buildings in the United States are huge consumers of energy. Research and studies show that green buildings can return millions of dollars each year to the bottom line. As every day passes, one comes to realize that going green is smart business and is easy if you have the right tools at your disposal.
In this issue, Green At Work features a new addition to our editorial calendar. The Green Build Top 25 focuses on some of America’s greenest corporations. Huge savings exist in owning and operating high performance green buildings. The International Facility Management Association (IFMA), in collaboration with the Alliance for Sustainable Built Environments (ALLIANCE) agrees. They offer diverse educational opportunities to members and nonmembers striving to learn about sustainable building practices. IFMA is committed to raising awareness in sustainability, high performance buildings, energy efficiency and the triple bottom line by providing education, resources, tools and products for facility managers. The IFMA Green Zone provides the tools and resources necessary to gain the knowledge needed to manage and operate high performance green buildings. It provides many cutting-edge solutions to keep you up-to-date on sustainability issues, including green building topics and software to help you green your facility.



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