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“Each year, Earth Day — April 22 — marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.” –Earth Day Network
In honor of this year’s 45th Earth Day, AGPOM is offering new members $45 off AGPOM Annual Membership when they join now through May 22nd!
AGPOM is a unique green property management association that recognizes the direct correlation between risk management and sustainability. We help our members embrace the risk management and sustainability connection, leveraging it for their benefit, to improve overall control of property and business risk.
From basic sustainability planning, to accessing discounted green products and services, click below to explore the many benefits available to members.
By joining, AGPOM members are able to:
- Reduce operating costs, lower carbon footprints and increase property values with AGPOM’s Green Behavioral Plans.
- Utilize AGPOM’s group insurance program for Premium Credits and Specialty Green Insurance Programs.
- Leverage AGPOM’s renewable energy credit (REC) program.
- Take advantage on discounted online courses and programs through BOMI International and Poplar Network
- Obtain discounted sustainability and enterprise risk consulting services
- Access green attorneys at discounted rates.
- Stay up-to-date on green news and trends.
- Enhance their image with use of the AGPOM member seal and plaque.
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BOMI International Partners with the Hospitality Industry to Reach Green Goals
BOMI International, the Independent Institute for Property and Facility Management Education, has partnered with many industry-leading hospitality companies to train and prepare their teams to meet new challenges in facility management. One such client is Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
BOMI International offers designation programs to further industry understanding and implementation of best practices in property and facility management. The educational institute’s Facilities Management Administrator (FMA®) designation provides the critical knowledge and tools professionals need to strengthen their practical experience and empower them to become more effective facilities professionals.
Starwood’s Directors of Engineering earn the FMA designation and apply the knowledge gained toward meeting Starwood’s high standards of excellence, such as the 30/20 by 20 program.
“The goal of Starwood’s 30/20 by 20 program is to reduce energy use by 30 percent and cut water consumption by 20 percent by 2020 at every property,” said Gus Newbury, Starwood’s Regional Director of Engineering—East. “BOMI International has helped us along the way by providing facility management education to our Directors of Engineering globally.
“Since our partnership was launched in 2011, 187 of our DOEs have participated in the FMA. Since they have gone through BOMI International’s program, they have been able to focus on guest experience priorities such as comfort, safety, daily operations, and maintenance, all while creating a safe and productive workplace and keeping sustainability in mind,” continued Newbury.
Among many other sustainability initiatives and practices, Starwood has introduced a program involving meetings and group business. A few years ago, Starwood launched the “Sustainable Meeting Practices” effort to enhance their guest participation in sustainability initiatives.
“At Starwood, we have a shared belief that people want a better way to experience the world. We view our work in sustainability and social responsibility as our commitment to making sure there is a better world to experience,” Newbury added.
BOMI International is committed to its corporate educational partnership programs that bring classes directly to clients, including courses that lead to earning BOMI International certificates and designations like the FMA. Ninety-eight percent of BOMI International graduates said that its courses have enabled them or their employees to be more efficient. In addition, 68 percent have experienced a decrease in monthly operating expenses, energy consumption being the number-one cost savings.
To learn more about BOMI International’s designations and certificates, including the FMA, visit www.bomi.org/AGPOM.aspx or call Laney Solomon at 410-974-1410 ext. 1320 for special AGPOM member pricing.
April 10, 2015
Prepared for AGPOM
© 2015 BOMI International
AGPOM to Offer Sustainability Risk Management Certificate Program
The Association of Green Property Owners and Managers (AGPOM) has partnered with Poplar Network to offer chapter members a 20% discount on the Sustainability Risk Management (SRM) Certificate Program by Stephen Bushnell, the internationally renowned expert on insurance and green risk.
The SRM Program is designed for businesses, organizations and property and casualty producers with an interest in learning more about the intersection of risk management and green building strategies.
The course consists of four modules, each exploring a different facet of risk management. It culminates in the award of a Certificate in Sustainability Risk Management upon the completion of all four modules and a final exam.
Module 1: The Sustainable Risk Management Process
- Explore the strong connections between risk management and sustainability and how a risk management analysis process can also be used to develop sustainability plans and strategies.
- Discuss a framework for The Sustainable Risk Management Process and how it can support the creation of effective plans to both manage risk and maximize sustainable benefits.
Module 2: Green and Sustainable Risks and Opportunities
- Review the risk related characteristics of green buildings and sustainable operations. Discuss how green features and sustainability programs can reduce risk.
- Identify specific ways in which green features and sustainable business practices result in increased risk and tested risk management techniques to address them and manage this new risk.
Session 3: Green Insurance
- Overview of how typical insurance policies address green buildings and sustainable operations.
- Explore Green insurance products, features and benefits and key coverage provisions. Discussion of “what’s on the horizon” for new green insurance products.
Session 4: Catastrophe and Climate Risk Management
- Examine new and increased risks brought on by climate change and catastrophic events. How does catastrophe/climate risk impact investments, organizations, governments and the insurance industry? Why climate risk should be viewed from a risk management perspective, without hype and opinions.
- Discussion of resilience as a catastrophe/climate risk mitigation/adaptation best practice. Why are major US cities and Fortune 500 firms advocating for resilient buildings and communities? How you can build resilience into your risk management and sustainability plans and strategies.
The four week program offers access to a live curriculum with Stephen Bushnell, a seasoned insurance industry executive who was one of the first to see and act on the connections between economic and risk management benefits of green building. Upon completion, participants will have a deeper level of understanding of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) as it pertains to sustainability and green buildings and receive a Certificate of Sustainability Risk Management.
“We developed this online program as a way for people to build the confidence and experience necessary for future professional development in the insurance real estate, hospitality and manufacturing industries,” said Stephen Bushnell, Founder of Stephen Bushnell + Associates.
Heather Teegarden, Executive Director of the Association of Green Property Owners and Managers, said, “AGPOM is proud to work with Poplar Network to offer this program developed by Mr. Bushnell. By registering for this Certificate Program, participants are able to obtain an important level of understanding to quantify, underwrite, mitigate and evaluate green risk transfer and management techniques. As a service to our members and affiliates, AGPOM can now provide quality training and guidance in this increasingly important area. AGPOM is able to offer a 20% discount to our members who enroll.”
The demand for understanding sustainability as it pertains to risk management is increasing. Indeed, the U.S. Green Building Council reports that approximately 200,000 professionals across the globe have earned their LEED professional credentials since the launch of the LEED credentialing system in 2001.
Stephen Bushnell is a highly experienced insurance and risk management professional with more than 40 years of underwriting, marketing, product development, management and leadership experience at various property and casualty insurers – most recently as Senior Director for Commercial Insurance and Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company (part of the Allianz Group). He is widely recognized as a risk-focused expert on green buildings, sustainable manufacturing and operations, and the broader business, economic and risk management implications of climate, energy and other sustainability challenges.
Evan Mills, PhD, of the U.S. Department of Energy noted, “Steve Bushnell was among the very first to recognize the reduced risks of green buildings, and associated business opportunities for the insurance industry. He not only conceived and built novel insurance products but guided them to a high level of uptake in the marketplace. His innovations in the U.S. have been an inspiration to insurers around the world.”
Mr. Bushnell holds the CPCU (Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter) and ARM (Associate in Risk Management) designations in addition to an MBA in Sustainable Business. Steve has served on the USGBC National Board Director since 2011.
To learn more about the Sustainability Risk Management Certificate Program visit: http://www.poplarnetwork.com/edu/sustainability-risk-management-certificate
About AGPOM and Poplar Network:
AGPOM, also known as The Association of Green Property Owners and Managers, is a national membership association that works to raise awareness with commercial property owners and managers on how utilizing sustainability practices and other green behavioral initiatives lower risks and raise profits. Founded in 2009, AGPOM supports property owners and managers in their efforts to leverage sustainability to maximize benefits. www.AGPOM.org
Poplar Network is a trusted online resource for professionals interested in LEED exam preparation, green building training and sustainability. www.poplarnetwork.com
Free Webinar Featuring Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative (HCMI)
Tuesday, April 28 at 9:00 am (PDT)
The Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative is a free methodology and calculation tool to enable hotels to measure and report on the carbon footprint of a hotel stay or meeting in a consistent way.
In partnership with the Association of Green Property Owners and Managers (AGPOM), the International Tourism Partnership would like to invite you to join our free webinar where we will be explaining, step-by-step, how to use HCMI to calculate the carbon footprint of a hotel stay or meeting in order to:
– Provide carbon footprint information your customers are increasingly requesting
– Understand your environmental impacts and start to reduce these, as well as your costs!
– Enhance your reporting
– Demonstrate your commitment to good environmental management
If you have not used HCMI so far, this is a perfect opportunity to learn more. With over 21,000 hotels globally using HCMI, you’ll be in good company!
For more information, please email Fran Hughes, Head of Programmes at the International Tourism Partnership via firstname.lastname@example.org
The International Tourism Partnership drives responsible business within the hotel industry by engaging with the world’s leading hotel companies. We turn responsible ambition and good ideas into positive action. We do this by sharing best practice, offering practical products and programmes and facilitating collaboration in one of the world’s biggest industries.
International Tourism Partnership offers a non-competitive platform for leaders to share ideas, build relationships and work together on making the industry more responsible. For hoteliers around the world, however big and small, we provide access to valuable information and resources at no cost, allowing them to drive their own responsible business agendas. Most of this information is freely available on www.greenhotelier.org
For more information go to www.tourismpartnership.org
For media/ further information, please contact: Holly Tuppen, Communications Manager, ITP email@example.com
AGPOM, also known as the Association of Green Property Owners and Managers, is a national membership association that works to raise awareness with commercial property owners and managers on how utilizing sustainability practices, and other green behavioural initiatives, lowers risks and raise profits. See how AGPOM Membership can help your hotel property best leverage sustainability to maximize the risk control benefits. Visit our website for more information: www.AGPOM.org
3 Ways AGPOM Helps Members Go Green to Save More Green – Earth Day Issue
A unique partnership with Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF), AGPOM creates an additional incentive for our members to “green” their business.
Each year AGPOM dedicates 10% of our membership revenue to implement environmentally sustainable business practices in the name of AGPOM Membership. This annual investment is used to purchase Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) on behalf of AGPOM member companies. Renewable energy facilities generate renewable energy credits (RECs) when they produce electricity. Purchasing these credits is a way to reduce the environmental footprint of our member’s electricity consumption. This year’s (2015) purchase of 4,790 RECs (4,790,000 kWh) is the equivalent to powering nearly 600,000 sqft of office space for a year (598,750 sqft exactly) OR powering 496 average US homes for one year! AGPOM also partners with BEF to mitigate their annual operational carbon and water footprint through the purchase of RECs, Carbon Offsets and Water Restoration Certificates® (WRCs).
Through the purchase of Renewable Energy Certificates (also known as Renewable Energy Credits or RECs), businesses and organizations such as AGPOM can affordably purchase the environmental benefits of renewable power generated from facilities throughout the U.S.
Green-e Energy Certified RECs represent renewable energy sources such as wind, solar or biogas projects where lean energy has been delivered to the North American power grid to reduce carbon emissions from fossil fuel-based electricity. One REC represents the non-power environmental attributes of 1,000 kilowatt-hours (1 megawatt hour) of renewable energy. All of BEF’s REC products are Green-e® Energy certified.
Carbon Offsets (also called Carbon Credits) provide businesses with a verified method to balance an unavoidable carbon footprint by directly supporting projects that are proven to reduce carbon emissions.
So much water is withdrawn from rivers and streams to service individuals, agriculture, industry and businesses that across North America tens of thousands of miles of dry or critically dewatered river systems now exist. In many places, water withdrawals completely dry up streams and significantly impact water quality, native fish and wildlife, aesthetics and recreational opportunities. BEF’s Water Restoration Certificates® (WRCs) offer the first-of-its-kind tool to go a step further—to actually restore the water footprint businesses can’t avoid, gallon-for-gallon, to critically dewatered rivers and streams.
Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF), is a national nonprofit that empowers businesses to be in balance with the environment through a full suite of environmental products, educational and community engagement programs along with custom solutions that help our partners address their unavoidable energy, carbon and water impacts. BEF aligns their partners’ goals with extensive industry expertise to achieve immediate results today while helping solve tomorrow’s biggest environmental challenges.
Learn more about Bonneville Environmental Foundation here.
The Association of Green Property Owners and Managers (AGPOM) recently finished updating its Green Property Behavioral Plan for Hotels and Resorts. The plan outlines practical behavioral initiatives available to hotels and resorts for reducing their expenses and improving their indoor working environment.
AGPOM Elevator Speech:
AGPOM, is short for The Association of Green Property Owners and Managers. We are a national membership association for commercial real estate, multifamily and hospitality properties. Our primary focus is raising awareness of the direct connection between “green” practices and reduced business and property safety risks. We offer our members educational resources like our green property plans that help increase their sustainability efforts while reducing their business risk and expenses.
AGPOM Members can download our logos for use on their website and other marketing materials.