11 May, 2022 | Posted by Colm McDonnell

Celebrating World FM Day and 'Leading a Sustainable Future' at Portobello Institute

Here at Portobello Institute, we are celebrating the annual World FM Day. World FM Day is run by the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM). This year it takes place on Wednesday 11th May.

The purpose of World FM Day is to recognise and celebrate the vital work that workplace and facilities managers and the wider industry contribute to business worldwide.

It aims to raise the profile of the facilities profession anywhere that its practitioners influence the health, safety, productivity, and wellbeing of people who use the built environment.

Each year, World FM Day has a key theme that ties together the FM industry. This year the theme is ‘Leading a sustainable future’.

Sustainability has been pushed to the forefront of the conversation in facilities management and has become central to the job of facilities management around the globe, with commitments towards sustainable goals being made at national, continental, and global levels.

You can hear from leading FM personnel on the role of sustainability in their day-to-day activities by visiting the IWFM website, where you can also find information on how to get involved.

Read More: #FollowYourPassion – Making Facilities Management in Pharmaceuticals More Sustainable

Facilities Management and Portobello Institute

Portobello Institute is the leading provider of FM education in the Republic of Ireland, offering IWFM qualifications Level 3 through to Level 5 as well as degree programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

See our FM courses here.

In the spirit of this year’s theme, we also offer specific courses on waste management, sustainability and environmental issues and a Level 9 Postgraduate Cert on Innovation for Sustainability in the Workplace.

Portobello also ran a three-part webinar series focusing on the increasing importance of sustainable practices in the workplace and facilities management space.

We heard from key FM personnel at some of Ireland’s biggest companies about how sustainability has entered their daily activities. You can watch these webinars back on our YouTube channel.

In the first webinar, we heard from Stuart McIntosh (Sirus), Dermot Walsh (Irish Water), and Denis Egan (Weston Facilities Service). They discussed the implementation of sustainable practices and the challenges they face in achieving sustainable goals. You can watch the full webinar below.


In the second webinar, Peter Murphy (ZiggyTec), Tony O’Keeffe (OPNBuildings), Paul Farrell (Apleona), and Paul Walsh (CIM) discussed the emerging technologies in the industry that are helping to reach sustainable goals in the workplace. You can watch the full webinar below.


In the third and final webinar, we heard from Conor Cooney (Arup) and Rachael McGinley (CBRE) about the importance of strong leadership in the drive for more sustainable activity in the industry. You can watch the full webinar below.


You can also read our free eBook, written by Portobello lecturer Bernard MacOscair on how to lead the change in sustainability in facilities management.

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You can read all of our FM content on the Portobello Institute website Knowledge Zone.

Get in contact

If you are interested in any of our Facilities Management degrees or qualifications you can book a consultation call with our expert FM advisor Brandon McLean here, email brandon.mclean@portobelloinstitute.com or call 01 892 0035. 

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