December Promises Fun, Food, and
Great Ways To Support Our Community

     Plan now to join the party at Garduno’s Restaurant Uptown on December 21st, 2011, when members and guests of the Facility Manager Association of New Mexico will gather over breakfast at 7:15 am to hear the latest on the scholarship endowment for Central New Mexico Community College (the focus of the benevolence of the organization) from CNM’s Anna Sanchez, the Director of Development and Alumni Affairs.

Also on the agenda is the opportunity to bring warm clothing to donate to the less fortunate people of our community. Please shop today to bring socks, stocking caps, neck scarves, gloves or mittens and underwear for children, men, and women.  The items collected will be delivered by FMANM’s Joseph Rodriguez, Vice President and member of the Little Brothers of the Good Sheppard (a benevolent organization) for distribution to the less prosperous residents of New Mexico during this challenging season.  

Just for fun, Lee Morgan from Eagle Eye Photo Imaging will provide a fascinating view of real estate growth patterns in the metropolitan area, as seen from the sky.   

Although the meeting begins at 7:15 am, arrive a little early so you don’t miss out on a cup of coffee and some informal networking.   Supplier associates of the network are encouraged to bring door prizes to add to the gaiety of the gathering.  As reservations are always required, email (preferred) or call 505-377-5309 to save your place.

      Be sure to bring another facility manager as your guest!  


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More Ways to Be Environmentally Responsible:
Solid Waste Department Offers Green Waste Pickup

solid wasteCity of Albuquerque

CONTACT: Natalie Howard, 238-0960

November 28, 2011



Solid Waste Department Offers Green Waste Pickup.

Albuquerque, NM – Mayor Richard J. Berry announced today that the City of Albuquerque’s Solid Waste Management Department will pick up residential Green Waste at no additional charge during the first two weeks of December.

This year’s Green Waste collection program begins on Monday, December 5th and will end on Friday, December 16th. We ask that Solid Waste customers have their Green Waste at the curb by 7 a.m. on the day of their regular trash collection day. All Green Waste must be placed 5 feet from automated trash containers and recycling materials. Solid Waste customers must place their Green Waste (leaves, grass and brush) in trash bags. Each trash bag must not weigh more than 40 pounds. Customers that have branches must cut them to four-foot lengths and bundle them securely.

“Our Green Waste collection program is very popular,” Mayor Richard J. Berry said.  “This collection program is another example of just how committed we are to landfill diversion.”

The following items will not be picked up: Dirt, Construction debris, Gravel, Construction material or Tree stumps.

For more information call 311, TTY 711, or visit



Reduce Waste and Get Recognized:
Roadmap to Success Presented in November

     Facility managers and their supporters gathered in November to hear important information from the New Mexico Environment Department’s Pollution Prevention Program Manager and Green Zia Coordinator, Michelle VattanoMichelle Vattano, who spoke on pollution prevention programs available through this non-regulatory, voluntary business assistance program.

“Our focus is waste minimization, source reduction, energy and water reduction, and conservation. Our services include on-site waste assessments and technical assistance, best management practices and resources, and the Green Zia Environmental Leadership awards,” Vattano said.

Pollution prevention targets the processes or practices that generate waste and aims to reduce or eliminate waste at the source.  “We can also call it waste reduction.  All waste is pollution: liquid waste, solid waste, and hazardous waste.  Types of waste streams include paper, glass, metal, plastic, electronic, organic, construction/demolition, hazardous, and medical waste,” she continued.

“We can assist with referrals and guidance towards accreditation via LEAN and GREEN NM MEP.  In house, we can help you with your own ‘Green Team’ formation assistance.  We can provide tracking sheets for energy, waste and solid waste.  We can help you achieve state recognition through the Green Zia Program.”

To get started, Vattano suggested to first obtaining management support.  Then, “Measure and track waste and utility costs, identify baseline figures, schedule a waste assessment, identify opportunities for improvement, and set goals for reduction.  Then, sit back and reap the cost savings!”

To start a conversation within your company, Vattano suggested these steps.  “How is waste managed at your facility? Are you aware of all the waste streams that flow through your facility?  Are you in compliance with local, state and federal regulations?  Do you have recycling programs in place?  Is ‘Green Purchasing’, energy reduction and water conservation programs in place?”

“Recognize that some waste streams are global, i.e. plastics, cardboard, paper.  Other streams are more localized and indigenous to certain areas (i.e. infectious waste, hazardous, solid waste).  This will lead you to identify handling processes and allow you to see areas for improvement.  You can start to identify what others are doing and to identify special needs in certain areas.”

The big question: How can I save money?

“Change your vendors if necessary.  Become leaner and streamline your processes.  Become aware of recycling, green purchasing and product substitution.  Reduce manpower by consolidating processes.  Implement energy and water conservation programs.  Reduce the risk of fines and penalties associated with non-compliance,” she added.   

What is the Green Zia Environmental Leadership Program?  “It is a Voluntary recognition program designed to recognize businesses for environmental improvements.  There are three levels of recognition.  Your business receives a window sticker, a certificate for the business lobby, a letter from the State Cabinet Secretary, posting on NMED P2 website, and use of Green Zia logo.”

“Some of the Pollution Prevention Program partners include small business development centers, the NMSU/IEE, the New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership, local Chambers of Commerce, Pretreatment P2 Programs, and the regional members.  We also tap into national Pollution Prevention Resources including Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange and P2 Roundtables, Energy Star, Green Buildings/Green Chemistry, where we share Best Management Practices, Sustainable Futures, and the Green Suppliers Network,” she added.

Need more information, or want to consider an assessment for your business?  Contact Michelle Vattano at (505) 827-0677, or email

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Nov 11 Executive Director Column

Carolee GriffinMake a Difference:
Donate to Restore 

     The Facility Manager Association of New Mexico welcomes Greater Albuquerque Habitat for Humanity as a member of the organization. As another nonprofit organization, their mission is to provide simple, decent, affordable housing for low-income families. As a facility manager or supplier, be aware that your cast-off electrical, flooring, roofing, insulation, cabinets, heating or cooling items, and all general building items or services can really change the lives of others.  

      Habitat’s retail outlet “Restore” accepts new and used building materials, reselling them to the general public. Other items like furniture, boats, and even working vehicles are sold and appreciated.  Restore is located at 204 San Mateo Blvd. S.E., located at the back of the Rainbow Center, and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30 am to 5 pm. Call 505-265-0057 to donate; they pick up.

Got donations, or need more information?  Contact Greater Albuquerque Habitat for Humanity’s representatives Judy Lucero at 505-265-0057 or Susan Jennings at 505-228-6892.



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First Annual Golf Tournament Raises Scholarship Money
and Provides Networking for Facility Professionals

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Even in the toughest of economic times, 126 golfers showed their support for the Facility Manager Association of New Mexico in its effort to raise money for scholarships at Central New Mexico Community College by golfing first under overcast skies and finishing in 90 degree heat at the beautiful Isleta Eagle at Hard Rock Championship Golf Course on July 29th, 2011.

Their personal reward for their participation was a great day of camaraderie, spirited competition, food and beverages, and avalanches of door prizes walking out the door with players and the 20+ golf-helpers alike.

Spirit and loyalty from the new organization’s members and constituents was the deciding factor for success. Distinct contributions, both large and small, from countless companies and outstanding individuals personalized the gathering.

Most companies fielded a team or multiple teams of golfers as they competed in the Championship Division to win an esteemed travelling gold trophy.  But the golfers in the ABCD Scramble Division enjoyed the outing too. Travers Mechanical had an amazing four 4-man teams on the course.
Three 10-foot tables loaded with valuable door prizes cheered up even the worst golfers as the spoils were handed out during the post-golf buffet. Power tools, hand tools, golf gear, tickets to special events and concerts, and restaurant gift certificates were among the many items donated by the supporters of FMANM. No one left empty-handed.

First-timer Tom Cannon with Overhead Door quipped:  “WOW! Friendly folks, beautiful greens, delicious food and drinks and door prizes for all…….great event!”




Photos By Art Singer

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golfSpecial thanks to Travers Mechanical Services, LLC for sponsoring the entire event at the Platinum Level ($1,500.00) and for fielding four entire teams of golfers.  Travers Mechanical Services, LLC has positioned itself as one of the core HVAC service suppliers and installers for a multitude of companies in New Mexico.  Their support of the event aids the FMANM organization in building scholarship money at Central New Mexico Community College for students entering into the much-needed building controls, HVAC, electrical, and plumbing and heating trades.  Money from the golf tournament supports this greater good and goal of the educational organization.

    Gold Level sponsors ($1,000.00) include Ace AsphaltWestern States Fire Protection and Contreras ConstructionMoving in at the Silver Level ($500.00) is All-American Moving Services and Records Storage.  Rounding out the team of heavy hitters is the tournament’s Hole-In-One contest sponsor, Kone Elevators and Escalators.

Whole hole ($350.00) sponsors include Advantage Security, Hannah Plumbing & Heating, Klinger Constructors LLC, Service Master Performance, Armour Pavement, Insight Construction, Sealant Specialists, ABM Janitorial Services.


Door Prize List:

ABM Janitorial          
Ace Asphalt   
Alvarado Management
Armour Pavement
Baptist Convention of New Mexico
Black Mesa Coffee    
Bob's Painting
Chaparral Materials
Commercial Property Maintenance
Conveyors Equipment         
Crenshaw Consultants         
Eddy Mindlin Flooring
Essential Safety Products
Gary Stevens LLC
General Mills 
Goodman Manufacturing    
Greer Enterprises    
Heel USA
Johnson Controls     
Johnstone Supply
Klinger Constructors
Kone Elevator and Escalator
La Vida Vista 

Matheson TriGas      
Mesa Equipment      
Molzen Corbin          
National Roofing      
NUSENDA Credit Union 
REMAX Masters        
Route 66 Casino       
Sandia Resort and Casino   
Service Master Performance          
Sprint PCS     
Staffing Solutions/Resource MFG
Stone Face Tavern
Sunland Asphalt       
The Improve Group
The Johnston Company       
Thunderbird Harley Davidson       
Thyssen Krupp Elevator     
Travers Mechanical
Upland Corporation
US Army Corp of Engineers
Voss Lighting
Western States Fire Protection      
Windsor Door

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