Category Archives: Waste Reduction

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

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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Zero-in on zero waste: 3 things you need to know

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Myths abound when it comes to implementing a zero waste program. The good news? Achieving zero waste is more attainable than ever before. Below, JLL’s Ana Wyssmann calls out three key points that you should keep in mind as you apply zero waste principles to your own business.

To learn more, join Ana and the JLL strategic waste solutions team at the 5th Annual National Zero Waste Business Conference in Austin, TX, held June 1-4, where industry leaders and experts will discuss the future of zero waste. 

Achieving zero waste is no small task. From reducing waste to engaging your employees with your waste management program, and from choosing the right waste program performance metrics to deciding where to leverage industry partnerships, navigating the journey to zero waste can be a complex undertaking.

Fortunately, the zero waste philosophy is gaining traction and attention, especially among industry leaders – and there are more resources available than ever before as you start your zero waste journey. Keep in mind the following points as you begin to craft your zero waste strategy:… Read More

Turning Trash Into Cash: Building a Cost Effective Zero Waste Program

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JLL’s Solid Waste Program Manager Ana Wyssmann debunks the myths surrounding zero waste programs and discusses tools that businesses can use to achieve zero waste. This topic will be discussed in greater detail at the 2015 Greenbuild International Conference in Washington D.C. (November 18-20).

For more information on this speaking session, please click here. To register for Greenbuild, please click here. 

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The Business Case for Commercial and Industrial Waste Conversion

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Contributor Kyle Goehring, JLL’s VP of Alternative Energy Services, discusses waste conversion as a strategy for organizations that seek to reduce their waste output. This topic will be discussed in greater detail at Infocast’s upcoming Waste Conversion Development and Finance Summit at the Law Offices of Baker & McKenzie in Chicago, IL (September 29-October 1, 2015). To register for the summit, please click here. 

As more and more organizations identify and publicly state their sustainability objectives, waste reduction is increasingly… Read More