As we look forward to Earth Day, it is important to reflect on the impact we have on the environment.
One way is to assess processes that utilize eco-friendly facility maintenance practices - that help achieve net zero and climate resilient buildings. Not only do these approaches reduce a facility’s carbon footprint, they also help organizations save money over time.
At IONFS, we work closely with our clients across all industries to achieve sustainability in facility maintenance. Below we have listed our top strategies when working with facility managers, working together to achieve environmental and green building goals.
Reduce energy consumption:
Businesses can (often with the aid of grants, funding or tax incentives) invest in energy-efficient equipment, upgrade building insulation, HVAC and LED lighting systems, and adopt smart building technologies and monitoring systems to reduce energy consumption. Regularly maintaining equipment will also improve efficiency and reduce energy usage.
Reduce water usage:
Facilities can accomplish this by fixing leaks, installing low-flow fixtures, and employing a water recycling program. At IONFS, we use water-efficient cleaning methods such as using reusable microfiber mops and cloths.
Limit and reduce waste:
This is achieved by committing to a recycling program and assessing the need for all disposable products. A simple switch to reusable, cloth restroom towels and refillable soap dispensers as well as starting a composting program will reduce waste. Disposing of hazardous waste responsibly is also a priority for IONFS teams.
Use eco-friendly cleaning products:
Incorporating non-toxic and biodegradable cleaning products make for a safer, more sustainable option while improving indoor air quality.
Incorporating green spaces:
Adding plants and greenery to any building can improve air quality, reduce stress levels, and create a more welcoming environment for employees and visitors.
The future is bright.
While the above processes are effective strategies to conserve energy, water and waste, there is much more that can be done to protect our planet from the effects of climate change and extreme weather, one building at a time.
Here at IONFS, we’re inspired by seeing a growth in more robust, innovative practices across the facility maintenance and management industry. A sure-fire way to more quickly become net-zero carbon building is to take advantage of these strategies below. The future is indeed bright!
One of the most effective ways to reduce carbon emissions is by transitioning to renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, and hydropower. Consider installing solar panels or wind turbines to generate your own electricity or purchase renewable energy credits to offset your carbon footprint.
Sustainable supply chain:
Businesses can reduce their carbon footprint by implementing sustainable practices throughout their supply chain. This includes sourcing raw materials from environmentally responsible suppliers, reducing packaging waste, and optimizing transportation routes to minimize emissions.
Carbon offsetting allows facilities to balance out their carbon emissions by investing in projects that reduce or sequester carbon from the atmosphere. This can include reforestation projects, renewable energy projects, and methane capture projects.
A circular economy is an economic model that aims to eliminate waste and keep resources in use for as long as possible. Businesses can reduce their carbon footprint by adopting circular economy principles, such as designing products for reuse or recycling and implementing closed-loop systems for waste and resource management.
Landscaping is an essential part of facility maintenance. Adopting sustainable landscaping practices like using native plants, limiting traditional turf grass, eliminating pesticides and herbicides, and reducing water usage will conserve natural resources and promote biodiversity.
All of these practices are proven methods to meet environmental commitments, foster healthier and more productive workplaces - as well as save businesses money. At IONFS, you can count on our trusted, knowledgeable teams to help move your organization forward to achieve those green building targets.
As we celebrate Earth Day, let us commit to making positive changes in our facility maintenance practices and contributing to a more sustainable future for all.