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Greenbuilding program launched at University of Texas

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By: HazMat Staff

The Professional Development Center (UT-PDC) at the University of Texas at Austin has announced the launch of its Sustainability Facility Professional (SFP) Credential Program.

The new training and assessment program provides a complete overview of how to improve the environment and communities through advanced strategy, management and operation of sustainable facilities. The program meets Wednesday evenings from April 17 through August 28 at the Thompson Conference Center on the university's main campus. Registration is now open online at www.utexas.edu/ce/pdc/certificate/sustainability-facility-professional/.

“While there is a temptation to say that this program speaks specifically to Austin and its reputation for nurturing 'green' initiatives, I believe this program is of universal importance,” said Liliya Spinazzola, director of the Professional Development Center, in a March 18, 2013 statement to media.

The SFP Credential Program is designed for facility managers or anyone with an interest in "green" building or environmentalism. It allows participants to earn the International Facility Management Association's Sustainability Facility Professional credential (IFMA SFP). Earning the SFP demonstrates expertise in sustainable facility management and provides holders with a competitive advantage among other facility managers in your market. Facility or business managers with SFP credentials help boost their organization's economic viability, environmental friendliness and community standing.

“SFP is a marketable credential to present to any prospective employer or client. It encourages the growth and understanding of smart, collaborative sustainability practices, leadership and knowledge and supports the transformation of the built environment," said instructor Marni Evans in a statement to media

To learn more about this program and the topic of sustainability, UT-PDC is also hosting a free informational webinar on March 21 from 2 to 3 p.m. entitled "How Sustainable Buildings are Achieving Major Savings." Marni Evans leads this discussion on how building and facility managers can identify the best opportunities for financial savings. Seats may be reserved at https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/996512751.

Register today for the Sustainability Facility Professional Credential Program at: www.utexas.edu/ce/pdc/certificate/sustainability-facility-professional/.

About the Professional Development Center:

The Professional Development Center (UT-PDC), a department of the Division of Continuing and Innovative Education at The University of Texas at Austin, offers a wide range of programs and courses designed to help individuals and organizations around the world improve personal, professional and organizational performance.

Contact: Wayne Wenske, Division of Continuing and Innovative Education, The University of Texas at Austin, 512-232-7392 

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