IFMA Releases Sustainability Guide for Waste Management

The International Facility Management Association and the IFMA Foundation released “Waste: A Comprehensive Guide to Waste Stream Management,” the latest free publication in the “Sustainability ‘How-to’ Guide Series,” which provides facility managers with workable solutions to minimize waste.

Waste is defined loosely as the useless consumption or expenditure of resources. This not only encompasses the popular understanding of waste (in terms of energy and garbage), but wasted time and effort as well. Waste stream management is the process of tracking resources from the beginning to the end of their existence. Among the subjects covered in the guide are:

  • Best practices for conducting a waste audit
  • A guide for environmentally preferred purchasing
  • Best practices to reduce, reuse, recycle and rethink
  • Tips for making the business case for waste reduction
  • Detailed case studies

The peer-reviewed guide was co-written by Bill Conley, IFMA Fellow, CFM, SFP, FMP, CFMJ, LEED AP and Sharon Jaye, D.Ed., SFP.

“Waste: A Comprehensive Guide to Waste Stream Management,” is available online. The IFMA Foundation produced the guide in partnership with the IFMA Sustainability Committee. For details, visit


Posted September 18, 2013

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