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Happy World FM Day! Here’s Some Good News

  May 12, 2021

By Greg Zimmerman


Happy World FM Day! 

Today is Global FM’s annual celebration of all things facility management. And celebration is certainly in order. We’ve come a long way from last year at this time, and things are starting to look up again. The theme of today’s celebration is Standing Tall Beyond the Pandemic. I know many of you have been knocked down a few times over the course of the last year, but you’ve gotten back up. And you’re standing tall! Congratulations to you all for making it through bar none the most challenging year in recent memory.

Last year, in the depth of the pandemic, actor John Krasinsky started an online show called Some Good News to help lift people’s spirits and show everyone that not everything was horrific. In that spirit, and to celebrate World FM Day, here are few FM-related good-news items:

1. FM Richie Stever Runs Mass Vaccination Site in Baltimore — At M&T Bank Stadium, Stever takes a break from his “day job” running facilities at the University of Maryland Medical Center to oversee more than 4,300 vaccinations per day.

2. Chicago Buildings Offer Vaccination — As more people are returning to work, vaccine clinics are open in downtown Chicago office buildings. 

3. Global Carbon Emissions Dropped in 2020 — As people stayed home and traveled less, we finally made some progress on climate change, as global carbon emissions dropped 7 percent compared to 2019. The further good news is that all signs point to a renewable energy renaissance in 2021. 

4. Baseball Fans are Back! — Our Senior Editor, Dan Hounsell, filed this story after an inside look at the health and safety measures at Milwaukee’s American Family Field. And as if the return of America’s Pastime with fans in the stands wasn’t good enough news, many major league clubs are hosting mass vaccination sites, or even vaccinating fans as they attend games.

5. Health and Wellness Strategies Continue to Soar — As we emerge from the pandemic, facility health and wellness strategies will be inextricably linked with standard operating procedure of facility management. 

This post was submitted by Greg Zimmerman, deputy editor, Building Operating Management and FacilitiesNet.com



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