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Heidi Schwartz

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Schwartz joined Group C Media, Inc. in April 1989 as managing editor of Today's Facility Manager (now Facility Executive). In September 2012, she transitioned to a new role dedicated to developing online content for Business Facilities and Facility Executive.

Growing Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Market Driven By Employee Behavior

The growth of the North America Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) market is being driven by increasing adoption of tablets and smartphones by employees for business purposes.

Buyers Demand Flame Retardant-Free Furniture | Producers Eliminate Flame Retardant Chemicals

Companies spending more than $520 million annually on furniture call on suppliers to offer safer products without flame retardant chemicals.

Friday Funny: ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas (With Facility Management Twist–Again!)

FM Frequency Columnist Charles Carpenter flexes his poetic muscle yet again with this retelling of the classic Christmas tale. Move over, Clement Clarke Moore.

Dunkin’ Donuts Launches DD Green™ For Sustainable And Energy Efficient Restaurants

Company has goal of 100 new DD Green certified restaurants by year-end 2016.

United States, Canada, And Mexico Recognize Architect Credentials

NCARB Is part of tri-national agreement that makes it possible for architects to work across North American borders.

Workers Want Promotions, Work-Life Balance, New Tech In 2015

Most desired 2015 workplace perks are team collaboration apps and flexible work programs.

Question Of The Week: Best Practices/Policies For Auxiliary Appliances (Personal Heaters And Fans)

Space heaters are the thorn in the side of many facility managers, so one professional is seeking feedback on best practices and policies.

Saint Paul RiverCentre And Xcel Energy Center Complex First In The World To Be LEED, Green Globes,...

When the program began, the annual recycling rate was 15%. Now the entire complex is recycling 60% of the two million pounds of waste generated on average each year.

Code Council And SRCC Finalize Consolidation

Combining services and resources of ICC and SRCC should help building safety professionals, manufacturers, and installers.

BLS Reports Decline In Workplace Injuries And Illnesses

Dr. David Michaels says, "In 2013, approximately three million private sector workers in America experienced a serious injury or illness on the job. However, we are encouraged that these rates continue to decline."

Question Of The Week: Soap Suggestions

A cheap fixture will not stand up to the cleaning in commercial application and will become an eyesore. Meanwhile, the most economical soap is the one that no one complains about. So how should a facility manager decide what to buy?

Friday Funny: Wasting Time Making Copies

New survey from Brother International Corporation reveals that companies with centralized copiers and printers can waste thousands of hours a year.

Global IT Management Survey Finds IT Efficiency Lacking

TeamQuest releases 2014 Global IT Management survey; despite lack of efficiency, performance analytics, planning, and optimization show positive impact across the enterprise.

Coalition Formed To Extend Research On Sustainable Roofing

ARMA, ERA, and PIMA collaborate to compare high-performance roofing systems in northern climates.

Monitoring Confirms Efficiency Of Edberg’s Swedish Tennis Arena

Edberg acknowledges the importance of energy efficiency with regard to the construction of this indoor arena. The aim was to build a "tennis hall of the future."

Update: OSHA Reminds Retailers To Take Black Friday Safety Precautions

Crowd management measures are critical during major sales events; U.S. Labor Department’s OSHA sends reminder to retail associations.

ISSA Launches New Standardized Training For Cleaning Professionals

The Cleaning Industry Training Standard (CITS) has been designed specifically to help address the need for training, improved professionalism, and increased pride across all segments of the cleaning industry.

Data Center Interest In Renewable Energy On The Rise

Mortenson survey finds 84% feel the need to consider renewable forms of energy.

Question Of The Week: High-Maintenance Radiator Valves

Technicians are spending a significant amount of time each season releasing "stuck" radiator valves for occupants, and one manager is looking for ways to resolve the situation permanently.

Friday Funny: America’s Best Restroom Is A Natural

Popular Philly area public garden captures victory in Cintas' 13th annual potty contest.

Fetzer Vineyards Is First Wine Company To Receive Zero Waste Certification

Fetzer achieves top certification, highlighting the company's long standing position regarding sustainability.

Accruent Acquires VFA, Inc.

Two major players in the facilities management field have combined forces with the goal of offering customers a unified enterprise solution.

New OSHA Reporting Requirements Begin January 1, 2015

At the start of 2015, employers will be required to report all work-related fatalities within eight hours and all in-patient hospitalizations, amputations, and losses of an eye within 24 hours of finding about the incident.

Did You Miss The Building Success Story: Age Doesn’t Matter When It Comes To Energy Efficiency Webinar?

View this video and find out how to improve efficiencies in older facilities easily with little to no capital investment spent on renovations.

Friday Funny: Do Dress Down Friday Up Right

Crowdfunding has brought the world many "innovative" consumer goods it does NOT need, but this little goodie could very well be the best thing since sliced bread.

November 16-22 Is Rodent Awareness Week

Aside from being a nuisance, rodents are vectors of a vast array of diseases and can also chew through drywall, insulation, wood, and electrical wiring, with the potential to cause fires.

Green Building Market Study Shows 250% Growth In Alternative Rating Systems

Recent Turner study shows significant growth in interest in Green Globes® and other systems.

November Is Critical Infrastructure Security And Resilience Month

Emphasizing how essential America’s critical infrastructure is to national security and economic growth, President Barack Obama has proclaimed November to be Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month.

Question Of The Week: Staff Assessments

In the process of reorganizing his facilities team, one manager is looking for advice regarding assessment tools that cover the complete range of skills for members of his department.

Friday Funny: Jobs American Workers Fear Most

Cops and firefighters step aside. You don't have the scariest job in the world. Security guards at pop idol concerts have it worse, as do politicians, stand up comedians, kindergarten teachers, parents, and more.

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