Category Archives: GreenBiz

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

3 things you need to know as the shared and circular economies converge

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Each year, the GreenBiz Forum brings leaders from the business community together to discuss key sustainability trends, strategies and best practices. JLL’s Dan Probst, Global Chairman of Energy and Sustainability, recently attended this year’s forum alongside Colin Dyer, JLL’s President and CEO. Below, Dan discusses how two seemingly disparate economic ideas – the shared economy and the circular economy – actually complement each other, and what this means for the business community.

The concept of a shared, ‘frictionless’ economy is dominating conversations in the business world. Firms like Uber and Airbnb are proving that owning physical assets is no longer a necessity in today’s interconnected world, where technology facilitates a virtually seamless flow of information, labor and money.

The idea of a circular economy – where the ability to reuse a product is inherent in that product’s design – has similarly taken hold, particularly among sustainability experts and thought leaders. Ellen MacArthur, founder of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and a leading proponent of the circular economy, spoke at the 2016 GreenBiz Forum about how the business community is starting to embrace this concept of sustainable design – and the strategic implications are staggering.… Read More

Why sustainability matters to the CEO

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Each year, the GreenBiz Forum brings leaders from the business community together to discuss key sustainability trends, strategies and best practices. JLL’s Dan Probst, Global Chairman of Energy and Sustainability, will attend the forum alongside Colin Dyer, JLL’s President and CEO. Below, Dan discusses why sustainability is important to the C-Suite – as both a core value and as a strategic priority.

There’s no question that a well-designed sustainability strategy can bring significant value to an organization. But senior leaders and other executives must constantly juggle competing business priorities, choosing to dedicate time and resources to a few key programs at the expense of others. Why should sustainability top the C-Suite’s list of strategic priorities?

  • For firms like JLL, where sustainability services are a key component of our offering, sustainability is a business – we make money at it, and we save money for our clients.
  • More and more, clients – both investors and corporations in the real estate world – have established and publicly stated their sustainability objectives. As a result, they increasingly seek real estate solutions that can help them to achieve these objectives – whether through alternative energy services, smart building solutions, or other sustainable practices.

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Sustainability isn’t just a buzzword – it’s a business mandate

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Each year, the GreenBiz Forum brings leaders from the business community together to discuss key sustainability trends, strategies and best practices. JLL’s Dan Probst, Global Chairman of Energy and Sustainability, will attend the forum alongside Colin Dyer, JLL’s President and CEO. Below, Dan discusses why sustainability is more than just a passing fad – it’s an essential part of doing business. To learn more about the GreenBiz Forum, held February 23-25 in Phoenix, AZ, please click here.

Sustainability is an undeniably hot topic these days – boosted by global media coverage and borrowed by marketers to sell everything from bath products to Legos.

But to write-off sustainability as a temporary craze undermines its strategic value and benefits to the business community. In today’s business climate, sustainability isn’t just a buzzword – it’s a business mandate.HiRes

Not convinced of the value that a well-designed sustainability strategy can bring to your organization? … Read More

M2M Technology, 6 Ways Smart Buildings Are Becoming Even Smarter

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Smart buildings are leveraging emerging machine-to-machine (M2M) technologies to become even smarter. According to the latest Global Sustainability Perspective, six advances in smart building technology are enabling a new era in building energy efficiency and carbon footprint reduction, yielding a return on investment for building owners within one to two… Read More