Live, Interactive Classes via the Internet
Fourteen Meetings: Tuesdays and Thursdays between October 8, 2013, and January 28, 2014, 6-9 p.m. Central timeLimited enrollment
Fee: $2,795 CEUs: 4.2If registering by September 24: $2,595 Note: Fees include the cost of study materials. There are no additional fees for the three online final assessments required for SFP designation.
Sustainability planning and administration requires a commitment to improving a facility’s impact on the environment and people—not just at one point in time but continually. Offered in a convenient online format, the Sustainability Facility Professional Credential (SFP) is a comprehensive training and assessment program that will provide a complete picture of how facility professionals and others can improve the sustainability of their facilities. Designed to prepare participants to pass the three final assessments required to achieve the IFMA-developed SFP industry credential, the Rice program is one of only three university programs of its kind in the country. Participants will learn how to make sound decisions about business activities and policy practices and discover how to use knowledge-based and data-driven methods to develop solutions that provide the highest value for your building, organization and community. Those who earn the credential will gain a competitive advantage by demonstrating that they meet industry-wide standards and can impact an organization’s economic, ecological and social bottom lines.
Online Information SessionsInformation sessions are scheduled for Thursday, August 15, and Tuesday, September 10, 2013, at noon Central time. The presentation will begin at noon Central time and end at approximately 12:30 p.m. RSVP Now.
Who Should Attend:
Schedule:Focus Area 1: October 8, 10 and 15, 2013, 6-9 p.m. Central timeFocus Area 2: November 12, 14, 19 and 21, 2013, 6-9 p.m. Central timeFocus Area 3: January 7, 9, 14,16,21, 23 and 28, 2013, 6-9 p.m. Central timeThe schedule includes a two-week break after each focus area to allow time for the final assessment.
Three Focus Areas:
Focus Area 1 – Strategic Alignment
for Sustainable Facility Management
Intro to sustainability,
Chapters 1 & 2
Developing a sustainability
strategy, sustainability considerations
Chapters 3 & 4
Sustainability goals &
initiatives, communicating and reporting
Chapters 5 & 6
Focus Area 2 – Managing
Sustainability policy development,
applying sustainability to FM plans
November 14 ,
Sustainability program development
and implementation, change management
Performance management tools,
finance for sustainable facilities
Purchasing and procuring for
sustainable facilities; sustainability standards, systems and support
Chapters 7 & 8
Focus Area 3 – Operating
Energy – Part 1
Energy – Part 2
Materials and resources
Workplace management, quality of
Chapters 4 & 6
Indoor environmental quality
Three Final Assessments to Earn the SFP Credential
Participants must pass with a score of 75 percent or higher on an online final assessment at the end of each focus area and apply to the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) to receive the SFP credential. There is no additional testing fee and you complete the assessments on your own computer.
TextbooksThe SFP Credential
Program combines downloadable e-books, interactive online study tools and
online SFP final assessments to help you earn the SFP credential. The study kit
includes one-year access to downloadable e-books, pre-tests, quizzes, case
studies, e-flashcards and glossary, and online resource center. You will
have access to the online SFP final assessments until successful completion of
each final assessment or for up to one year, whichever comes first.
An online invitation to
the online study kit will be provided to you via email after your register for
the course. The online invitation will go to the email address you use when registering for the course and will come from IFMA.
Advantages of Earning the SFP Credential:
Employers Support the SFP Credential
International Facility Management AssociationIFMA is the world’s largest and most widely recognized international association for professional facility managers, supporting more than 19,500 members in 78 countries. The association’s members, represented in 125 chapters and 16 councils worldwide, manage more than 37 billion square feet of property and annually purchase more than $100 billion in products and services. Formed in 1980, IFMA certifies facility managers, conducts research, provides educational programs and produces World Workplace, the world’s largest facility management conference and exposition.
Instructors:Laurie A. Gilmer, P.E., CFM, SFP, LEED AP O+M, CxA, is an associate at Facility Engineering Associates (FEA) and leads its energy management and sustainability services. She has assisted facility managers in improving building systems operations, creating and implementing energy management plans, identifying energy saving opportunities and LEED certification for existing buildings. Her experience includes sustainability/LEED, systems analysis, energy audits, commissioning, building systems planning and controls review. She is a published author, and co-authored IFMA’s second manual in the Sustainability “How-To-Guide” Series, EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. FEA, in partnership with the IFMA Foundation, authored the first two guides in this series. She is a registered Professional Engineer, Certified Facility Manager, Sustainability Facility Professional, Certified Commissioning Authority and LEED Accredited Professional. Ms. Gilmer is also a member of IFMA’s Sustainability Committee and leads the measurement, monitoring, and reporting task group.
Christopher P. Hodges, P.E., CFM, LEED-AP, IFMA Fellow, FRICS, is a founding principal of Facility Engineering Associates (FEA), with more than 30 years of experience in building operations and facility management. He is a Registered Professional Engineer, Certified Facility Manager (International Facility Management Association), and LEED™ Accredited Professional (U.S. Green Building Council). He is an active member of IFMA and has served terms as president of the Capital Chapter, member of the board of directors, member of IFMA’s education committee, IFMA Fellow and Fellow of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. He currently serves as chair of IFMA’s sustainability committee and has authored numerous articles on sustainable facility management, including the “Getting Started” guide on sustainability in facility management for the IFMA Foundation. He is a master instructor on the IFMA faculty, teaches IFMA core competency courses (FMP, CFM, SFP), and routinely participates in new course development, curriculum development and promotion. He served as the lead subject matter expert for the development of IFMA’s Sustainability Facility Professional (SFP) credential. He has written, presented, and conducted workshops in the U.S. and internationally for IFMA (World Workplace), USGBC (GreenBuild), APPA, and numerous other organizations. Mr. Hodges is also a member of the adjunct faculty at George Mason University’s certificate program in facility management, and sustainability in existing buildings.
Mayra D. Portalatin, SFP, LEED AP O + M, is a Civil & Environmental Engineer, a Sustainability Facility Professional, and a LEED Accredited Professional with more than 13 years of existing facilities’ consulting experience ranging from environmental to building condition assessments, as well as development and implementation of energy management and sustainability policies. She has managed sustainability assessments, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Certification projects and carbon emissions inventory projects. Aside from project-related experience in sustainability, she has spoken at various conferences, such as NAEP (2007), WMCCAI (2008), AASHE (2008), Greenbuild (2010), and NFMT (2011); and for property management groups about sustainability in the existing building environment. She has also been an instructor for LEED Green Associate and LEED Accredited Professional review courses. She has been an instructor for George Mason University’s Office of Continuing Education since 2010, where she teaches in their Sustainability Certificate Program. In 2011, she became an International Facility Management Association (IFMA) instructor for the Sustainability Facility Professional certification. Ms. Portalatin is co-author of the IFMA Foundation’s Sustainability “How-To-Guide” on Green Rating Systems.
Maureen Roskoski, REPA, LEED AP O+M, Corporate Sustainability O, has worked with existing facilities on LEED
certification, energy management and sustainability policies during her 15
years of practice. She has taken several clients through the LEED – EB
certification process. Maureen has worked with commercial and federal
facilities on energy audits, preparing Strategic Sustainability Performance
Plans, and energy and sustainability training. She has presented in her area of
expertise at several leading conferences, including IFMA’s World Workplace and Greenbuild.
In addition, Maureen has led workshops for the New York Regional Chapter of
APPA and Jones Lang LaSalle. She is one of the primary developers and
instructors for George Mason University’s Professional Certificate in
Sustainability for Existing Buildings Program. Maureen is a co-author of the
IFMA "How-to Guide" on ENERGY STAR and Green Building Rating Systems.
Required EquipmentParticipants in this online course must have access to a computer and the Internet as well as a headset with a microphone. Please review the Required Equipment and Minimum System Requirements to ensure that your computer can access the online collaboration environment. The names and contact information for all enrollees will be submitted to the Holmes Corporation at the time at the time the books are purchased. This is so that participants can be given access to the online components of the learning system.
Refunds and CancellationsNo refunds will be issued on or after the day the program begins. If enrollment is canceled in writing two weeks before the program begins, a full refund will be given less the cost of any course materials the participant has received. When enrollments are canceled in writing less than two weeks before the program begins, a refund less a 20 percent processing fee and the cost of any materials the participant has received will be issued only if a replacement can be found for you.
Rice University Certificate of AchievementParticipants who complete all chapter tests for each focus area with a minimum grade of 75 by March 1 will receive a Rice certificate of achievement.
Co-Sponsor: International Facility Management Association (IFMA)
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