Going Green(er)

Maintenance and engineering managers tend to believe their organizations have done just about all they can do to become more sustainable. Since the rise of sustainability in institutional and commercial facilities about a decade ago, organizations have turned to green purchasing practices, upgraded buildings and systems to curtail their use of energy and water, and streamlined their operations and activities to minimize waste and materials going to landfills.

The sustainability challenge goes on, however. Today, managers might be surprised to learn that advances in product technology and applications are putting previously unattainable sustainability goals within reach and creating new green goals. Consider the story of Florida Blue's campus in Jacksonville, Fla., which already had made great strides in many areas of sustainability but managed to implement technology and practices that improved its facilities' water efficiency, reduced electricity use and increased recycling.

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