TIP NO. 3:
Assess impact and revise.
Establish how you will assess the impact
of your policy and action plan toward
sustainability goals. ENERGY STAR®
score, cost savings, ROIs for retrofit projects, equivalents in Olympic-size swimming pools for water consumption—
sustainability can be measured in a variety
of ways, and different stakeholders respond to different metrics.
Whatever metrics you choose will allow you to assess impact from a baseline
date of policy implementation. Re-examine the policy at regular intervals—at
least annually—based on your progress
toward goals, unforeseen challenges or
bottlenecks, and market developments
such as new technologies, funding, or incentives that open your portfolio to additional sustainability measures.
If you need help establishing policies
and action plans, the IREM Certified
Sustainable Property program has all-inclusive templates for energy efficiency,
water efficiency, indoor air quality, purchasing and other areas of sustainable
operations. Visit irem.org/gogreen to
access the templates.
TIP NO. 1:
Don’t stop at the policy.
Set goals and create action plans.
You may want to set one policy that es-tablishes your overall direction on sustainability or several policies focused on
specific areas—energy efficiency, water
efficiency and waste management, for
Either approach is fine, but don’t stop
there. More direction will allow for easier implementation of a policy and fewer
stragglers in performance from teams
that had nothing to shoot for and no concrete actions to take.
Set goals around improvements in
energy efficiency, water efficiency, waste
diversion rate and other areas of performance. Create an action plan for each
property that includes roles and responsibilities, operational improvements and
retrofit projects, budgetary considerations and timeline.
TIP NO. 2:
Decide whose policies are operational
at each property.
Make sure you know what policies exist, first of all, on the owner side and the
property management side. An owner’s
representative may have failed to communicate a policy or may not know that
a property management firm has policies
and other tools that drive sustainability.
Next, decide which policy or policies
site teams should follow. Make this an intentional choice between ownership and
management decision makers by including the policy discussion in a meeting
Property management firms may
want to take the lead by developing policies that encompass the scope of their
clients’ policies but are themselves more
detailed or accompanied by O&M plans,
budgets, and reporting that guide sustainable site operations. All of these management tools can help align sustainable
operations with the overall objectives for
CREATE AN ACTION
PLAN FOR EACH
INCLUDES ROLES AND