Green Building Organizations Gather in Phoenix to Discuss Sustainable Facility Rating Systems

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"Exploring Sustainable Facility Rating Systems" will feature representatives from BOMA International, the Green Building Initiative, the Society of Environmentally Responsible Facilities, and the U.S. Green Building Council discussing what makes each of their sustainable facility rating systems unique.

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IFMA’s goal is to empower facility professionals to lead the planning and implementation of sustainable practices in their own workplace communities, and fostering a conversation about these rating systems presents a great opportunity to do that.

Representatives from organizations offering some of the world’s top green building rating systems will come together to provide a one-of-a-kind opportunity for the public to learn what makes each rating system unique when the World Workplace 2011 Conference & Expo comes to Phoenix, Ariz., Oct. 26-28.

Entitled “Exploring Sustainable Facility Rating Systems,” the presentation will feature insight from representatives of the Building Owners and Managers Association International, the Green Building Initiative, the Society of Environmentally Responsible Facilities and the U.S. Green Building Council.

The event will be held Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 2-3 p.m. in the World Workplace 2011 expo hall press room in the Phoenix Convention Center. It will be freely open to the public and moderated by IFMA Director of Sustainability Marina Badoian-Kriticos.

“This discussion gives us the chance to not only increase awareness about sustainability in the built environment, but also to explore how each of these different rating systems can help organizations achieve their sustainability objectives,” said Badoian-Kriticos. “IFMA’s goal is to empower facility professionals to lead the planning and implementation of sustainable practices in their own workplace communities, and fostering a conversation about these rating systems presents a great opportunity to do that.”

BOMA International includes more than 100 associations and affiliates with more than 17,000 members who own or manage more than 9 billion square feet of commercial properties throughout the world. The association recognizes the industry’s best practices in building management and operations by awarding individual buildings the BOMA 360 designation. Speaking on behalf of the organization will be BOMA President and COO Henry Chamberlain, APR, FASAE, CAE.

GBI is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to accelerate the adoption of energy-efficient, healthier and environmentally sustainable building practices by promoting practical residential and commercial green building approaches. GBI offers the Green Globes certification, a green building guidance and assessment program offering an effective, affordable way to advance the overall environmental performance and sustainability of commercial buildings. Representing GBI will be Sharene Rekow, MIM, MSEd, CAE, vice president of marketing/sales.

SERF is a coalition of property owners, businesses and professionals certifying and promoting environmentally responsible homes and buildings. SERF makes environmental certification affordable and accessible, recognizing a broad range of building types and sizes with its SERF Certified Facilities designation. Joseph Maguire, MS, SFP, president of SERF, will speak on behalf of the organization.

USGBC is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our country through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. It is known for LEED, its internationally recognized green building certification system that provides building owners and operators with a framework for implementing measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions. Speaking on behalf of the USGBC will be Allan Skodowski, LEED AP, member of the USGBC board of directors.

More information about the “Exploring Sustainable Facility Rating Systems” event is available online. To learn more about World Workplace 2011, or to register, visit http://www.worldworkplace.org. Members of the media may register at no cost by emailing communications(at)ifma(dot)org.

IFMA’s World Workplace Conference & Expo is an annual three-day educational and networking event focused on the future of the built environment. Building on the professional development opportunities available through the association year-round, the World Workplace experience includes a conference focused on education and an exposition incorporating product demonstration and instruction. This year’s conference will be held Oct. 26-28, 2011, at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Ariz. For more information, visit http://www.worldworkplace.org. To join and follow IFMA’s social media outlets online, visit the conference’s NETworkplace page.

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