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Institutionalizing Sustainability: A Featured Topic at Albuquerque’s GRI Certified Training Course

November 3, 2010 | By |

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November 3, 2010

How do two of the state’s largest organizations institutionalize sustainability across multiple facilities and long geographic distances? Albuquerque’s GRI Certification Training Course participants will learn how the University of New Mexico and Presbyterian Healthcare Services tackle large-scale, multi-campus sustainability initiatives at a special luncheon on December 3rd at the Hotel Andaluz.

The University of New Mexico’s (UNM) Associate Director of Utilities, Jeffrey Zumwalt joins the GRI Certification Training Course as a guest speaker. At the course, Jeffrey shares his approach to institutionalizing sustainability at UNM, a public university that manages over 8 million square feet of facilities for nearly 33,000 students across New Mexico.

The University of New Mexico is a sustainable campus that’s been recognized at the national and local levels for its energy, water, recycling, green building, and low-carbon efforts. On-campus utility co-generation, solar photovoltaics and a suite of LEED-NC Certified buildings are just a few of UNM’s sustainability achievements. UNM is a signator of the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), an organization of colleges committed to climate neutrality.

But sometimes, the greatest sustainability achievements lie not in the brick and mortar aspects of facilities management, but in the behaviors, beliefs and habits of the people that frequent the facilities. According to Jeffrey Zumwalt, “Most resistance to change is overcome with education and communication. Once a person realizes the underlying issues that the change can resolve, they are more likely to convert from obstacles to supporters.” Jeffrey will address the human factors involved in institutionalizing sustainability in a campus setting.

Joining Mr. Zumwalt is Presbyterian Healthcare Services’ Director of Facilities, Jim Klein, who manages multiple facilities within an integrated healthcare setting. Presbyterian’s main hospital is recognized by the EPA’s Energy Star program as one of the nation’s most energy-efficient hospitals in the nation. Presbyterian’s main and Kaseman hospitals are recent recipients of the New Mexico Environment Departments Green Zia Silver designation for sustainably managed facilities.

Similar to the University of New Mexico, Presbyterian Healthcare Services has successfully implemented several facilities-level sustainability efforts that include energy efficiency, water conservation and mercury reduction. At the GRI Certification Training course, Jim Klein joins UNM’s Jeffrey Zumwalt to address the “people” side of campus-scale sustainability by discussing the challenges and opportunities of educating and engaging stakeholders to foster sustainable behaviors across large organizations.

The GRI Certification Training Course, held at the Hotel Andaluz December 2-3 is designed to equip sustainability professionals with the certification and skills needed to evaluate and communicate the sustainability performance of organizations. The course is co-hosted by ISOS Group, a Global Reporting Initiative Certified Training Partner in the US and Concept Green, a local woman-owned sustainability services firm and Collaborating GRI Training Partner of ISOS Group.

About GRI Certification Training in Albuquerque: The GRI Training Course includes two days of certification training, meals, instructional materials and bonus presentations by regional sustainability thought leaders. The GRI sustainability reporting standards are the world’s generally accepted reporting principles used by organizations to disclose their economic, social and environmental performance. The GRI sustainability reporting framework ensures balanced, credible and transparent sustainability reporting and may be used by any sized organization. To learn more about the two-day GRI Certification Training Course, visit www.isosgroup.com or www.conceptgreen.net.

About the University of New Mexico: The University of New Mexico, founded in 1889, manages a 600-acre, multi-facility campus in Albuquerque, New Mexico and runs four branch campuses across northern New Mexico.

About Presbyterian Healthcare Services: Presbyterian Healthcare Services is a nonprofit integrated healthcare system that has served the state of New Mexico for more than 100 years. Presbyterian operates eight hospitals and provides patient care in over 90 clinics located within 44 facilities in New Mexico.

Contact Information:
Carrie McChesney, Concept Green 505.414.9313, carrie@conceptgreen.net
Nancy Mancilla, ISOS Group, 702.528.8734, nmancilla@isosgroup.com