Category Archives: LEED

Green building policies at the touch of a button

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phone in handLast month, the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) launched an online Public Policy Library that allows users to look up green building and LEED-specific policies across the United States. The interactive database provides information on federal, state and local policies as well as tax incentives and benchmarking. The USGBC updates the database so that visitors can stay abreast of the latest changes in green building policy, and it also encourages users to update the library.

“In order to stay as fresh and current as possible, we need your help,” the USGBC said in a press release.… Read More

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… 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

Adding up the sustainability transparency equation

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JLL’s 2016 Real Estate Environmental Sustainability Transparency Index analyses sustainability transparency in real estate for 37 markets across the globe. The index identifies those markets that are leading the charge for sustainability, as well as those markets that are lagging behind, based on analysis of seven environmental sustainability indicators.

The 2016 Sustainability Transparency Index reveals slow – yet steady – progress as sustainability considerations grow in importance across the globe. The Index, which measures transparency based on a 5-point scale (with country scores towards 1 qualified as “highly transparent” and scores towards 5 as “opaque”) for seven different indicators, shows steady improvement over recent years.

 

 

But the obvious question remains – what environmental sustainability factors indicate whether a market is opaque or transparent?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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