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Management for Sustainability in Facilites: Change in a Time of Change
Published: 03 November 2011 by MDPI in The 1st World Sustainability Forum session Sustainability Assessment and Policies
Abstract: Is intrinsic to the functioning of our society the need for major hospitals, shopping malls, sports facilities, public transport stations, public institutions, schools, waste treatment plants etc.. This equipment must be available for use. But as we measured the consumption needs of this equipment? What is available is equal to what is necessary? There has been a study in sports structures, specifically in football stadiums and it was found that the availability is much higher than need. We have no control of consumption, waste control, user awareness. But there was a high sensitivity for the invoice to pay. In an environment of global change, crisis, it is imperative the best and most profitable use of such equipment enhancing its positive impacts on society. In this perspective the definition of management model for the sustainability of infrastructure is needed. For the different areas of sustainability are then systematized aspects that are considered priority address. Environment should be considered: water, energy, materials, waste, wastewater and environment (especially connecting ecosystems). In terms social: immersion and integration of users, information and communication for users, control and related infrastructure, awareness and training for both users and employees, ensuring safety and well-being and transport and access for users. In economic terms, all costs, maintenance, operation, waste, leaks, discharges and resources. A Model for Sustainability Management should therefore allow the awareness of the sustainability of all stakeholders in the infrastructure, verify the relevant aspects for the specificity of each infrastructure, follow the steps for Sustainability Implemented and consider what steps possible to implement. It should also be considered a dynamic control of performance management model for sustainability, ie, enhance the use of resources, reducing consumption in the use, control inefficiencies (losses and leakages) and integration and interaction of users. The current challenge is not for new construction, but to ensure that the existing infrastructure have guaranteed levels of satisfaction of user needs, the binding of these infrastructure leveraging the best use of these to your life, with sustainability.
Keywords: Management, Facilites