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Restaurants ready for a flavor of sustainability

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When it comes to dining out, most people have eyes bigger than their bellies. As a result, restaurants across the world are becoming hubs of food waste.

According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, nearly one-third of the world’s food goes to waste every year. That’s 1.3 trillion kilograms of food–enough to feed the 800 million people who go hungry worldwide, twice over. Further, when food rots it creates methane, which has 21 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide.

The consequences of waste have been food for thought for the hospitality industry, which needs sincere involvement from restaurants and retailers to adopt innovative solutions, cut food waste and practice sustainability measures.

Sustainable thinking gathers steam

As consumers are becoming more aware of where their food comes from and where the waste goes, big food service brands are taking a greener approach.… Read More

Sustainability as disruptive innovation

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Disruptive innovation means applying a new vision and direction, which results in overtaking an existing market. Being green in a transparent way has become one of the most highly sought-after disruptive innovative forces. As a result, organizations compete to have the latest green technologies, facilities and products in their industry.

A classic case study of a sustainable disruptive technology is Interface Inc. A billion-dollar corporation, Interface is the world’s largest producer of modular floor coverings, and one of the first large companies to integrate sustainability in all of its operations. Interface credits its leading position to its vision:

‘To be the first company that, by its deeds, shows the entire industrial world what sustainability is in all its dimensions: People, process, product, place and profits — by 2020 — and in doing so we will become restorative through the power of influence.’

Every aspect of Interface operations is focused on this vision — from harvesting and recycling old carpets to workplace energy efficiencies such as lighting and equipment replacement, renewable energy, efficient distribution, and employee-led programs aimed at eliminating waste. Interface also reduces the environmental footprint of its physical locations by adopting best-in-class green building and operational standards. As a result, Interface has reduced its carbon footprint by 92 percent, and has reduced waste to landfill by 91 percent since 1996.Read More

A class act: Spalding University greens campus and community

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In an effort to improve its campus, Spalding University brought green and sustainable enhancements to the surrounding urban community.

In 2003 Spalding University, a private, liberal arts college located in downtown Louisville, Kentucky, committed to improving its campus and facilities. Spalding partnered with JLL’s Integrated Facilities Management service team to bring about the improvements, while controlling costs under the university’s tight budget. Over the years, Spalding has made environmental protection and sustainability a core part of its mission to not only enhance the campus, but also the surrounding community and neighborhoods.

Now, nearly 15 years into our partnership, Spalding’s mission has expanded far beyond original expectations. Working collaboratively, JLL helped Spalding achieve its ambition to become a sustainability leader in the community through the planning and renewal of Louisville’s South of Broadway “SoBro” neighborhood.

As part of the SoBro neighborhood development team, JLL uncovered opportunities for Spalding to contribute improvements to the community by transforming parking lots around the school into green spaces and parks. Spalding has more than doubled its acreage from 10.65 acres to more than 23 acres, adding almost three acres of green space to its campus and acquiring additional land for conversion into green space. While Spalding’s footprint has grown significantly, the facility management budget has not.… Read More

Real estate’s role in developing smart cities

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Cities are expanding at an unprecedented rate and so is their complexity. By 2050 the world will be populated by an estimated nine-billion people. Seventy percent of people will live in urban areas, many of them in new towns and mega-cities.

In order to be competitive, cities will need to be sustainable, have good transportation systems, and have high-density, mixed-use and efficient infrastructure with low carbon emissions. To support their vast urban populations, cities will increasingly rely on smart infrastructure to efficiently deliver vital services, such as power, water, public transit, distribution of goods and services, waste management and security.

The Smart Cities Council defines smart cities as those that have “digital technology embedded across all city functions,” while the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers describes them as “bringing together technology, government and society” across the economy, mobility, environment, people, living and governance.

There are several reasons that smart cities should be of interest to developers, long-term investors and corporate real estate professionals. Perhaps the most obvious is that smart, sustainable cities command higher land and property values, which attract large-scale investors.

However, the real estate industry needs to understand that the buildings sector plays a huge role in helping to make cities smart. That is because the key to smart cities is data analytics – an important element of which relates to the millions of buildings and the huge masses of population that they accommodate. To gain maximum value from owning or managing assets in a smart city, the real estate itself should also be ‘smart’. Smart buildings and smart cities both generate and require big data.… Read More

The bottom line of green building practices

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Understanding the true value of green building practices – from employee satisfaction to environmental performance – has long been a real estate holy grail. Two new studies bring us closer than ever to seeing its value across the real estate spectrum.

A U.S. Department of Energy study, Utilizing Commercial Real Estate Owner and Investor Data to Analyze the Financial Performance of Energy Efficient, High- Performance Office Buildings, tries to get an understanding of how sustainable design impacts value by correlating energy efficiency and financial performance. The dataset includes 131 properties throughout the U.S. with an aggregate area of 25 million square feet. The regression analysis shows that green properties experience a 28.8 percent increase in Net Operating Income per square foot, and a 17.6 percent reduction in operating expenses per square foot when compared to non-green properties.

The recent Continental Automated Buildings Association study, Improving Organizational Productivity with Building Automation Systems, takes a different approach. … Read More