IFMA Foundation Speaks at the United Nations Headquarters on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Built Environment on July 11, 2023
(Houston, TX) IFMA Foundation, granted special consultative status as a non-governmental organization (NGO) by the United Nation’s Economic and Social Council (ESOSOC) in 2022, will present a workshop for UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), as a side event during the UN’s High Level Political Forum (HLPF) in New York City on July 11, 2023. One of ten SDG Learning and Training Sessions, #4 is “Sustainability in Action: The Role of Facility Management and Electrotechnology’s Impact on the SDGs” will be presented by the IFMA Foundation and their co-presenter, the International Electrotechnology Organization (IEC).
The speakers include IFMA Foundation Executive Director, Diane Levine; IFMA Past Chair, Laurie Gilmer; IFMA Board Member Aykean Matthews; and Hanze University Professor Dr. Mark Mobach. They will describe how facility management (FM), an under-recognized field in the built environment, impacts all the Sustainable Development Goals, with particular emphasis in this workshop, on SDGs 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11 and 17. Several innovative case studies will be presented on the Foundation’s workforce development programs and partnerships with government agencies, non-profits, and Global Workforce Initiative Advisors JLL, ABM, Newmark and Sodexo in training incumbent workers in sustainable facility management practices.
Ian Gardner will present the work of IEC, which is involved with critical standards for electrotechnology, an area critical to facility management practices, and will describe the key role electricity plays in all of the SDGs, with particular emphasis on their new Global Impact Fund which invests in infrastructure projects, as exemplified by the battery recycling program in Africa.
This workshop will be webcast live from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Eastern Time on Tuesday, July 11, 2023. Register here for Session #4: “Sustainability in Action: The Role of Facility Management and Electrotechnology’s Impact on the SDGs.” Learn more about the HLPF and this workshop here.
About the IFMA Foundation
Established in 1990 as a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation and separate entity from the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), the IFMA Foundation is a United Nations Non-governmental Organization (NGO) with special consultative status. The IFMA Foundation works for the public good to promote educational opportunities in facility management to grow future leaders in the industry to achieve economic empowerment and educational advancement. The IFMA Foundation is supported by the generosity of the FM community including IFMA members, chapters, councils, corporate sponsors, and private contributors who share the belief that education and research improve the FM profession. To learn more about the IFMA Foundation, visit www.foundation.ifma.org.
Contact: Diane Levine