IFMA INTRODUCES EUROPEAN ADVISORY BOARD AT WORLD WORKPLACE EUROPE IFMA’s European Advisory Board met for the first time at the World Workplace Europe 2017 Conference and Expo, held 30 May through 1 June in Stockholm, Sweden. The board, one of a handful of regional advisory groups, serves to counsel IFMA on matters that will enhance engagement of members in the region and support European IFMA chapters through knowledge, education, events and networking. The following European Advisory Board members will serve two-year terms: • Jos Duchamps, Chair • Alfred Waschl, Vice-Chair • Peter Ankerstjerne, MBA, COP, FRICS, IFMA Fellow, Liaison to the global IFMA Board of Directors • Ricco Groeneveld • Helena Ohlsson Skjeld, MSc Arch, Dipl. FM, CFM, IFMA Fellow • Erik Ahrsj. • Marie Puybaraud, Ph.D. • Maureen Ehrenberg, FRICS, CRE • Ondrej Strup, IFMA Fellow • Erik Jaspers, Liaison to the IFMA Foundation “As a truly global association, IFMA’s strength comes from the diversity of our membership and our ability to support a global FM community. Regional advisory groups provide a more local perspective, providing members and chapters the support they have come to expect from IFMA.” - TONY KEANE President and CEO of IFMA IFMA’s Knowledge Library debuts enhanced search IFMA’s Knowledge Library recently deployed new features and performance enhancements to provide a better user experience, including improved page load times and the ability to search/filter content more quickly. Users can now be more specific when searching for resources — that means less time searching for content and more time reading it. To access the new filter/sort search function, go to the Knowledge Library home page and click on the Recently Added, By Competency or By Industry tabs to open the advanced search menu. From there, you may search by: • Title/Keyword • Content Type • Access Level • Category • Difficulty • Reviewed • Sort by/Then By Once you enter information in any of the fields, the search immediately reduces the number of content pieces shown based on your entry. So, every filter you add automatically stacks on top of any information previously entered to produce specified results and targeted resources. Get started with this time-saving tool at community.ifma.org/knowledge_library. IFMA-RICS COLLABORATION OFFERS NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR CFMS For holders of IFMA’s Certified Facility Manager. (CFM.) certification, the addition of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Associate professional qualification (AssocRICS) can increase status and recognition, both at home and globally. • The AssocRICS allows CFMs to pursue wider or integrated career opportunities and access international practice guidance in FM and the wider built environment. • With the AssocRICS, CFMs can gain membership in RICS, connecting them to 125,000 professionals working across the whole property life cycle. • If CFMs maintain their AssocRICS qualification in good standing, RICS will cover their IFMA membership base dues. IFMA membership is not required to earn the CFM. CFMs are eligible for direct entry to the AssocRICS qualification — simply complete the RICS online ethics assessment. Learn more about the AssocRICS and CFM at www.fm.training/credentials/assoc-rics. NOT A CFM? Become an IFMA Certified Facility Manager, the industry standard for ensuring the knowledge and competence of practicing facility managers. Learn about the CFM at www.fm.training/credentials/assoc-rics. CDC report: Patients in US health care facilities at risk for Legionnaires’ disease The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its June 2017 Vital Signs report, highlighting the latest findings on health care-associated Legionnaires’ disease. During 2015, people contracted Legionnaires’ disease from a health care facility in 76 percent of U.S. jurisdictions reporting exposure information. The disease kills one in four patients who contract it while in a health care facility. CDC investigations show that most problems leading to U.S. health care-associated Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks could be prevented with effective water management. The CDC urges health care facility leaders to create and use a water management program to limit Legionella growth and spread in their facilities. A team, which can include infection control practitioners, facility managers, hospital administrators, quality assurance staff or others, should be established to implement the program. These leaders can also work with providers to help them identify cases of Legionnaires’ disease and potential exposure sites. The CDC’s updated water management program toolkit helps health care facility leaders identify buildings or devices that are at increased risk for growing and spreading Legionella. Access this and other resources at www.cdc.gov/legionella. ISSA RECEIVES U.S. EPA SMARTWAY AFFILIATE CHALLENGE AWARD Joining an elite group of affiliates, ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a 2017 SmartWay Affiliate Challenge Honoree. The SmartWay Affiliate Challenge is a national program developed by the EPA to acknowledge organizations that do an exceptional job of supporting policies and advancing practices that reduce harmful pollution from freight activities. The EPA launched SmartWay in collaboration with business stakeholders to strengthen competitiveness and energy efficiency while contributing to cleaner air. Since 2004, more than 3,500 companies have relied upon SmartWay data and assistance to lean their supply chains, while shrinking their environmental footprints. Collectively, SmartWay partners have saved US$27.8 billion in fuel costs, cutting more than 1.7 million tons of nitrogen oxides, 70 thousand tons of atmospheric particulate matter (PM2.5), and 84 million metric tons of carbon from U.S. freight transportation networks. ISSA is one of nine organizations in the United States to receive this honor, and the only cleaning industry association to do so. For more information on SmartWay, visit www.epa.gov/smartway. To learn more about ISSA, visit www.issa.com. REPORT: TRANSFORMING YOUR OFFICE INTO A WORKPLACE OF THE FUTURE On Jan. 26, 2017, from the State Room in downtown Boston, Massachusetts, USA, three industry leaders representing Teem, GE Current and Silver-level Corporate Sustaining Partner of IFMA, iOFFICE, held an open panel on the workplace of the future. They discussed the initiatives their companies have undertaken to pioneer this transformation, considerations for building out a workspace, how data is being utilized and how it impacts employees. Highlights from the informal, eye-opening evening of insights from Shaun Ritchie, co-founder and CEO of Teem, Elizabeth Dukes, executive vice president and chief marketing officer of iOFFICE, and John Gordon, chief digital officer of GE Current, have been published in a report available from the Teem website at http://bit.ly/2rp156U. “Your people — in-office and remote employees alike — are your most valuable assets, and on average, they attend 252 meetings every year in formal conference rooms. That’s 214 hours spent in meetings — and business leaders spend even more time than that. We have to do everything we can to make the Workplace of the Future as conducive as possible to making that time as productive as possible.” EXCERPT FROM Transforming Your Office into a Workplace of the Future UPCOMING FM EVENTS IFMA’S ADVOCACY DAY AND PUBLIC POLICY FORUM Sept. 12-13, 2017 Washington, D.C., USA ifma.org/advocacy-day WORLD WORKPLACE CHINA CONFERENCE AND EXPO 14-15 Sept., 2017 Shanghai, China WORLD WORKPLACE U.S. CONFERENCE AND EXPO Oct. 18-20, 2017 Houston, Texas, USA worldworkplace.ifma.org HAVE RELEVANT FM INDUSTRY NEWS TO SHARE? Submit it to email@example.com to be considered for inclusion in the Industry News section of FMJ.
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