Sustainability Facility Professional


Sustainability Facility Professional® – SFP


Instructor: Dennis James Kowal, AIA, LEED AP, FMP®, SFP

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The SFP credential is recognized internationally and aligns the facility professional with the new emphasis on corporate social responsibility (CSR). SFP helps facility professionals play a key leadership role in creating, managing, and operating sustainable facilities by giving them the skills to improve continually their facility’s impact on the environment and the community. In this 45-hour program, enhance your knowledge and professional standing with this credential of the International Facility Management Assn. (IFMA) in three areas: 1 strategy and alignment, 2 management, 3 operations.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: FM practitioners with a baseline of industry knowledge and those transitioning to sustainability positions, building owners, architects, designers, safety engineers, Certified Facility Managers®, Facility Management Professionals®, LEED professionals, US federal employees and contractors looking to comply with Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act.  13 SESSIONS.

Note: Please register AT LEAST one week before the start date so that materials are received in time for the first class.

Tues, Sep 18-Dec 11, 6-9:30 pm (Oct 3 and Dec 4 are online)
Fee and Code: $2020 (including materials and testing), XBUSM 237


SFP Program Topics

The SFP program is made up of three focus areas: Strategy and Alignment for Sustainable Facility Management, Managing Sustainable Facilities, and Operating Sustainable Facilities. Taken together, these focus areas provide a complete picture of how SFPs can improve the sustainability of their facilities in all eight major categories of sustainable facility management as defined by IFMA: energy, water, materials and resources, workplace management, indoor environmental quality, quality of services, waste and site impact. This series of focus areas will equip the SFP to integrate sustainability efforts with the organization’s values and strategies, present a business case for a sustainability initiative, evaluate initiatives from a financial point of view, and track and report accomplishments.

Focus area 1: Strategy and Alignment for Sustainable Facility Management: This section summarizes key concepts related to sustainable facility management from the organizational level and illustrates linkages and actions facility managers must take into consideration in order to make the business case for sustainability in their own facilities.

Focus area 2: Managing Sustainable Facilities: This section looks in depth at the process of aligning a facility‘s sustainability plan with an organization‘s vision, strategic goals and policies. It takes the same strategies promoted in an SFP’s business case for sustainability within the organization, and provides the details behind the plans to prepare for, lead and implement those changes.

Focus area 3: Operating Sustainable Facilities: This section looks at ways in which SFPs can operate their facilities in a more sustainable manner through changes in building equipment and technology as well as changes in operations and maintenance procedures. Focus area 3 is organized around the eight major categories of sustainable facility management— energy, water, materials and resources, workplace management, indoor environmental quality, quality of services, waste and site impact—from inputs, through facility processes, to outputs.


IFMA Policies & Requirements

Program Requirements: There are no prerequisites to enroll in this program.

SFP Credential Requirements: The IFMA SFP Credential Program materials include online SFP final assessments. To earn the SFP credential, you must pass each of the three SFP final assessments with a score of 75% or higher. Once completed, you must submit an SFP application and pay an application fee (information at to IFMA to validate your credential.

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