Make a Sustainable Impact

Portrait of a young office worker using a digital tablet for workIn IFMA’s 2011 trends report, sustainability was identified as the number-one movement expected to have the greatest impact on the future of the facility management (FM) profession. Today, as more organizations mandate conservative energy practices and socially responsible initiatives, the greater the role of the FM has in protecting the environment and the people who use the facility.

Rice University’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies—one of only three SFP university programs of its kind—offers an online course to equip managers of new and existing buildings with the toolkit for sustainable practices and to prepare participants for IFMA’s Sustainability Facility Professional™ credential three-part assessment.

“This online course provided a great support system with professors and resources readily available. I highly recommend it for busy professionals who seek a flexible, high-caliber course.” – Ginger Vaughn, past SFP participant

At the core of the SFP credential, the emphasis on sustainability has shifted from the facility to the manager due to the heightened global interest in sustainable development. Organizations want to ensure that their FM is qualified as a steward of sustainable operations and can develop corporate sustainability programs and incorporate sustainability in the life cycle of the day-to-day facility operations they manage.

Continuing Studies offers the flexibility to prepare for the assessment and earn the SFP credential through a convenient online format using live instruction via web-conferencing so that you and your classmates can attend class from virtually anywhere.

“This was my first online class at Rice, and it has sold me. This is the way to go. I enjoyed it and learned so much!” – Past SFP participant

Those who can benefit from taking the course include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Facility professionals – directors, mangers or supervisors
  • Operations/project/building mangers
  • Architects and designers
  • Safety engineers
  • Product/service suppliers and consultants in the FM industry
  • FMPs and CFMs
  • LEED professionals (to earn 70 general CE hours)

The future is green, my friends. Make a sustainable impact on your facility’s environment and enroll in Rice’s SFP credential course today. Visit for more information. Classes begin in October.

Rachael Shappard


Rachael Shappard, Marketing Coordinator

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