Sustainable Facility Management is focus of New Course at UMass Boston

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BOSTON - Jan. 17, 2014 - PRLog -- Facility managers are on the frontlines of efforts to improve sustainability and reduce costs: by controlling energy use for buildings, addressing waste and toxics, and enhancing resilience to face the growing threat of storms and flooding. Facility management is becoming more complex as regulatory mandates increase, technologies become more sophisticated, and analyzing return on investment becomes critical.

To meet the need for professionals involved in building and facility management, the College of Advancing and Professional Studies (CAPS) and the Center for Sustainable Enterprise and Regional Competitiveness (SERC) at the College of Management.  UMass Boston, are launching a 7-week course in Sustainable Facility Management.

The course will be taught by experienced industry professionals who will discuss real contemporary challenges faced by course participants. The course covers key topics in the field, from an introduction to sustainability for facilities to the development of facility management/strategy, policy and planning, and financial management.

The SFP credential will benefit facility managers, architects, safety engineers, consultants, and LEED-certified professionals. Completion of the 7-week program will prepare participants for the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) assessment, which results in obtaining the SFP® Credential.

“There are huge opportunities for generating financial and environmental gains through effective facility management.  This course is a unique resource in the Boston region to enhance facility managers’ skills,” says Vesela Veleva, co-director of SERC.  “This short term, intensive course, will advance the careers for professionals already working in the field or looking to enter it.”

The course meets Wednesdays from 5:30 – 9:30 pm between March 5 and April 16, and is equivalent to 2.8 continuing education units. LEED Professionals earn 70 general CE hours for credential maintenance.


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