Tuesday, 14 May 2019 20:03

Green Facilities Management!

Green Facilities Management!

It was through a chance encounter with a former colleague who was working for a facilities management company that I first heard of Anderson Anderson & Brown. They were looking for an Facilities Management Co-ordinator and I was working in the oil industry at the time with many redundancies happening around me. This ‘chance’ encounter seemed like fate to me. Although I was not familiar with the company the word around town was that they were one of the most dynamic accountancy firms in Aberdeen. This made me very keen and excited to work for them.

So after meeting with the Chief Operations Officer and one of the Senior Partners I joined AAB almost 3 years ago during their mobilisation from Queens Road to their custom built headquarters at Prime Four. The building was an empty shell when I started and I got to help transform it into a light, bright and airy office for 240 people.

Employed as a contractor initially, it became clear very quickly that I was considered a part of the AAB family and they employed me direct in April last year.

As my role was completely new to AAB it has given me the scope to shape and mould it to the best needs of the business meaning that one day is never the same as the next. Some days I can be catering an event for 60 people, some days I might be liaising with contractors, maintaining the pool cars or trying to find the optimum building temperature to suit everyone!

And on any other day, I’m heavily involved in the Green Team which is our office initiative to minimise our impact on the environment. As I’m most familiar with the building and all its waste streams it was a no-brainer for me to join the Green Team. We are currently focussed on reducing the waste we produce and different ways to segregate that which we do produce.

It was with this focus in mind that myself and my colleague Nora made the journey to Taylors Environmental Village at Balmedie (pictured) on a snowy day in January to see what happens to our waste once it is collected and to feedback any insights to the office. One of the biggest insights (apart from everything at the village is sorted by hand) was that 40% of the waste intended for landfill can actually be recycled. Since this visit we have introduced a few more recycling bins which is helping us reduce this figure.

Now that the waste statistics are rapidly improving, I get to look into replacing our current petrol pool cars with electric ones – another fantastic aspect of my role here at AAB.

Mandy Johnson, Facilities Management Co-ordinator