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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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Green Trends Gain Economic Momentum

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JLL’s Real Views reports on green building and clean energy trends and their impact on the U.S. economy, including outlook for job creation and earnings growth. To read the full article, please click here. 

As more and more companies identify sustainability goals and develop the strategies to achieve them, interest in ‘green’ tools, tactics, and technologies also continues to increase. In particular, the green building… Read More

Moving forward with LEED v4

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Carey Guerin
Energy and Sustainability Services

 

The cut-off date to test under the LEED v2009 material was June 15 and that deadline sparked action by many people to complete this career goal that most likely has been on their to-do list for a while.

A recent study shows that demand for LEED professionals and the knowledge they bring to the work place has… Read More

California’s Title 24 Raises the Bar on Energy Efficiency

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Wayne Alldredge
Energy and Sustainability Services

Climate change is upon us. Whether you believe that describes Mother Nature or the political environment, climate change is definitely here. Effective July 1st, 2014, California Title 24 raised the minimum energy performance thresholds in non-residential buildings by 30% from the previous code cycle. This aggressive increase is a step towards California’s ultimate goal of building… Read More

Philly’s Smartest Office: Raising the bar for energy efficiency and open office design

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Michael McCurdy
Market Director, Philadelphia

 

When deciding to move to a new Philadelphia office, JLL had a fairly concrete vision of the workspace they wanted —collaboration-ready spaces, a LEED certified design that achieved energy savings goals, and a multi-functional office that both conveyed and inspired innovation. 

By July 2013, this ambitious list of expectations was met and exceeded, completely raising the… Read More