INSIDE IFMA’S ESUS COMMUNITY A s I’m sure most of you are aware, IFMA’s diverse membership participates in focused component groups equipped to address their unique situations by region (134 chapters), industry (16 councils) and areas of interest (six communities). Together they manage more than 78 billion square feet of property and annually purchase more than US$526 billion in products and services. The purpose of this article is to introduce you to the Environmental Stewardship, Utilities and Sustainability (ESUS) Community. Whereas chapters serve a limited geography, and councils serve targeted industries (such as airports — where I’m writing this article), IFMA Communities of Practice exist to serve speciﬁc areas of interest for our membership. In addition to ESUS, there are communities dedicated to Business, Information Technology, Operations & Maintenance, Real Estate Advisory, and Workplace Evolutionaries (WE). Like chapters, IFMA members must register to join Councils & Communities, and there is a small annual fee to join each group. You can choose to join any of these groups during your annual membership renewal, or by contacting the IFMA main phone number and speaking to a membership representative. HOW IS ESUS ORGANIZED? Oversight of ESUS is conducted by its Strategic Advisory Group (SAG). This group consists of nine members, including myself as Chair. Members of this group include four IFMA Fellows, one past IFMA Chairman of the Board, several past IFMA Board and IFMA Foundation Board of Trustee members. All are passionate about sustainability and the environment. A note from Dean Stanberry, chair of IFMA’s Environmental Stewardship Utilities and Sustainability Community 100 WWW.IFMA.ORG/FMJ SO, WHY JOIN ESUS? If you are like me and concerned with the environment and impacts of climate change, you may want to learn more about what you can do to minimize the environmental impact of your workplace. As a facility manager, you may be asked to reduce energy consumption, and related costs, by your employer. No matter your motivations, if you are interested in environmental stewardship and sustainability — you should consider joining the ESUS community.