Category Archives: Cost Savings

Waste not: big business sustainability efforts

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Waste will now be addressed more comprehensively in LEED certification systems, a significant step for zero waste initiatives. With this announcement by the Green Business Certification, Inc. it is clear that waste reduction is now being looked at far more strategically than in the past.

Positive environmental outcomes and the potential for large cost savings has Fortune 100 board rooms buzzing about the benefits of a zero waste strategy. However, talking about a strategy and… Read More

Facilities management leaders, listen up: Why sustainability matters to FM

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As the “circular economy” concept takes hold, facility managers are increasingly called to incorporate sustainability measures as part of the facilities management (FM) delivery. Below, JLL’s Maureen Ehrenberg discusses why sustainability matters to the FM profession. For more on this topic, check out Maureen’s column in the July/August issue of FMJ magazine.

It’s no secret that economic development and environmental degradation have historically gone hand-in-hand. The good news? In response to the “take, make, dispose” approach of the past, a new “circular” economy is emerging, rooted in the “cradle-to-cradle” concept of regenerative, restorative design that minimizes environmental impact throughout the product lifecycle.

FM sustainabilitySustainability has also rapidly risen up the corporate agenda in recent years – providing facility managers with an important opportunity to demonstrate leadership, inform and advise the business  and create value to the business and the community in this space.

In many ways, FM professionals are at the forefront of this charge to achieve long-term sustainability in the built environment. Today’s facility managers – regardless of whether they work in industrial complexes, traditional office spaces, or even healthcare facilities – have more tools than ever before to deliver sustainable building operations and reduce the environmental impact of their facilities and their respective supply chain.… Read More

3 takeaways from the National Zero Waste Business Conference

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Earlier this month, JLL’s strategic waste solutions team attended the 5th Annual National Zero Waste Business Conference in Austin TX, where industry leaders and experts came together to discuss the future of Zero Waste. Below, JLL’s Ana Wyssmann calls out three key takeaways from the conference. 

Each year, the National Zero Waste Business Conference brings together business leaders and waste management experts to share best practices and learn about the latest developments in waste reduction. This year’s conference drew business leaders from a broad range of industries. The public sector was also well-represented, with delegates from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and major municipalities (including Los Angeles, CA; Austin, TX; and New York City, NY).

Zero wasteIt’s clear that strategic waste management is top-of-mind for industry leaders and forward-looking organizations – and staying abreast of the latest and greatest can be challenging. As you think about your organization’s journey to Zero Waste, it’s useful to keep the following takeaways from this year’s conference in mind:

  • The U.S. Zero Waste Business Council (USZWBC) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) are working to align their certification programs – making Zero Waste Certification even more valuable for your organization. As part of this alignment, businesses that achieve Zero Waste Certification through the USZWBC will be able to earn LEED credits from the USGBC, across categories including Materials, Resources, and Innovation.
  • Industry leaders agree: drawing connections between your organization’s waste programs, human health values, and brand culture is crucial to success.  Leading organizations, including Whole Foods Market, General Motors, WeSpire, and Etsy, shared educational strategies and best known methods that others can utilize to build a more effective waste program. There’s a common thread across many of these best practices: promoting your organization’s waste program as an extension of your firm’s guiding values is essential to the long-term success of your waste program.
  • Achieving Zero Waste can be an important step on your organization’s journey to become Lean Six Sigma-certified. The implications are clear: zero waste improves efficiency in business – making the business case for zero waste even stronger.

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Go off the grid with offsite renewable energy solutions

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Alternative energy is a hot topic these days. But did you know that you don’t necessarily need to produce renewable energy onsite to take advantage of the benefits? JLL’s Lauren McAdam explains what your options are for offsite renewable energy – and what you need to know when evaluating your opportunities. 

It’s no secret that renewable energy alternatives present attractive new options for commercial and industrial real estate owners and occupiers. But the reality is that most commercial and industrial (C&I) organizations can’t achieve their sustainability goals such as carbon reduction and energy savings solely through onsite renewable energy solutions – site size limitations, site intrusion, operational interruptions, contract commitment lengths, and other factors all can limit the opportunities.

Many large companies are increasingly looking to offsite renewable energy solutions as an alternative way to achieve their sustainability goals– and approximately 75% of S&P 500 companies have some form of sustainability goals.Read More

Connecting the dots between sustainability, smart buildings and strategy

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In February, JLL’s Dan Probst attended the GreenBiz Forum, where Colin Dyer, JLL’s President and CEO, spoke about the importance of sustainability to the C-Suite. You can learn more about why sustainability matters to the CEO here and here. Below, Dan brings the discussion full-circle, by highlighting the ways in which smart building technology can help your business to bridge this divide between sustainability and strategy.

It’s a common misconception that energy efficiency begets sustainability. In reality, sustainability is about much more than energy: it’s about serving the interests of your organization’s key stakeholders, including your employees, clients, and shareholders.

It’s crucial to consider the bigger picture, especially when determining how sustainability fits within your corporate strategy. The good news? Smart building technology has never been more affordable or accessible – and incorporating smart technology into your building operations can help you take your sustainability program to the next level by helping you to meet your stakeholders’ increasing expectations for a more efficient, interactive and innovative workplace.

So, what do you need to consider when thinking about how smart building technology can help you to achieve your sustainability objectives and, by extension, drive your business strategy?Read More