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Who's on Your Sustainability Team?
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How tightly does your organization embrace sustainability? If you are a maintenance and engineering manager in higher education, chances are your answer is different than the answer from a manager with a health care or a government organization.
When I discuss sustainability with managers, the conversation usually goes one of two ways. If I'm speaking with someone in higher education — as I did with Cary Avery, the associate director of grounds and landscape maintenance at the University of California-Davis for this month's cover story — the emphasis tends to emphasize working with management, other departments on campus, staff, and students. But if the manager is with a health care or government organization, the answer often describes challenges related to enlisting peers to support sustainability efforts related to maintenance and engineering priorities. Avery is a strong proponent of building a team to achieve sustainability goals.
"We've created nice gardens, using all the skill from the different groups on campus and integrated all the knowledge from around campus to have a good situation here," he says.
When assessing your facility's sustainability practices, think about who is on your team. Then consider who should be on the team. Incorporating a variety of voices and opinions on sustainability is likely to help your facility reach its goals more quickly — and help the environment in the process.
Dave Lubach offers insights gleaned from conversations with managers who make key maintenance and engineering decisions in commercial and institutional facilities.
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