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The Green Building Matters Podcast with Charlie Cichetti

Nov 30, 2022

Sheila M. Sheridan - IFMA Fellow, CFM, LEED AP O+M. Sheila retired from Harvard University where she was Director of Facilities and Services at the Kennedy School of Government. As an International Facility Management Association (IFMA )volunteer member, she has held numerous roles including the Chair.


Currently, she is a USGBC Technical Committee member. Previously she was past vice chair of the LEED Operations and Maintenance Committee. She also participated as faculty for IFMA and USGBC courses. She is a recognized global speaker concerning facilities and sustainability. She has been a visiting lecturer at universities around the world.

Show Highlights

  • How volunteer work allows you to test the limits of your abilities and learn what you are really interested in.
  • Invite champions, naysayers, and gossipers to your team to match your project to your mission. 
  • Tips to pave your own way  to promote the change you want to see in your profession and an environmental steward. 
  • Sheila is a “tenacious pioneer” who shares her stories of inspiration and tips to help push sustainability forward and open new doors. 
  • Sustainability has no borders because the world’s needs are connected for a positive future.  
  • Emerging trends and looking at how they manage buildings so we don't lose the voice of the people that work and live there.
  • Growth in the industry only occurs when you invite people in, share information as an environmental steward.



“It's not the green building movement anymore. It’s, save the planet. Everything you do, both at home, at work and in your profession can make a difference right down to picking up a piece of trash. The green building movement is exciting. It's a vehicle to get you where we need to be and there's opportunities for you to be a specialist.”

 -Sheila Sheridan


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