Is Safety Sustainable?

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Bob Best
Energy and Sustainability Services



What does “safety” mean and is it part of the effort to make buildings more “sustainable”?

The traditional view of “green buildings” is that they have less negative impact on the environment, as measured by such things as greenhouse gas emissions, waste sent to landfills and water consumption.  However, there is growing interest in making buildings more supportive of the people that work inside of them, and that includes making those buildings safer.

Beyond building hardware, like annunciation systems, sprinklers and defibrillators; organizations are looking at safety training and awareness campaigns.  And, it’s not just safety in the workplace, itself.  These efforts are addressing employees at home, as well as at work.  It’s one way to show those employees that the organization is concerned about their well-being,

It’s not a bad message for any organization … “We care about the environment and we care about you!”

A pretty sustainable idea.

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