The cardinal rule of electricity is that supply must equal demand at all times. When you flip a light switch, you expect the lights to go on. This rule has challenged utilities, regional transmission organizations, independent system operators and commercial, industrial and residential consumers since the time of Edison. Generally fossil-fired and nuclear generation must run continuously while renewable energy is subject to the intermittency inherent in solar and wind resources. Moreover, forecasting demand… Read More
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.
Sustainability 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
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).
It’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.
There’s no doubt that creating a happier, healthier workplace can pay dividends – especially when it comes to driving productivity (not to mention, attracting and retaining top talent). But where should your organization start on your journey to build a happier work environment by inspiring mindfulness and gratitude? While opportunities to inspire a happier workforce abound, the below suggestions are a useful starting point.
While it’s impossible to build a happier work environment overnight, there are a number of simple steps that you can take as you start your journey to a happier, more productive workplace:… Read More
It’s easy to lose sight of qualities like mindfulness, gratitude, and happiness at work – especially when you’re already stressed to the max with a tough workload and tight deadlines. But recent research tells a different story: that fostering an environment of well-being in your workplace has implications beyond simply lightening the office mood.
What do you think of when you hear words like “mindfulness,” “gratitude” or “happiness”? Probably not the corporate world, where productivity and profitability are almost always top-of-mind. What role, then, does well-being play in creating a sustainable workplace? And how can a focus on workplace happiness contribute to the bottom line?
Conventional wisdom tells us that, “If I work hard, I will be successful – and that will make me happy.” But experts today actually suggest that the opposite is true: “If I am happy, I will work hard and gain success.”
The science of happiness supports this line of thinking. When you feel positive, dopamine floods the brain – which activates your brain’s learning centers, increasing intelligence, creativity, energy levels, resilience, productivity and your overall sense of well-being in the process. Happiness is also a contagious, collective phenomenon – which simplifies the task of creating a true culture of happiness in the workplace. … Read More