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Psychology of a green workplace

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Floods, wildfires, famines, droughts, species extinction: climate-change-induced disasters are inflicting a heavy toll not only on the environment but also on our mental health, according to a recent report released by the American Psychological Association (APA) entitled “Mental Health and Our Changing Climate: Impacts, Implications, and Guidance.”

The APA’s report concludes that direct experience with a natural disaster, such as loss of property or personal physical harm, can have immediate and acute consequences on our mental health, including trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression. After Hurricane Katrina, for example, studies found that suicide and suicidal ideation more than doubled in people living in areas affected by the hurricane, and one in six met the criteria for PTSD. Psychologists are calling this type of mental illness ‘ecoanxiety.’

There are also significant long-term effects on mental health. The “unrelenting day-to-day despair” can erode mental health causing chronic psychological consequences. “Gradual, long-term changes in climate can also surface a number of different emotions, including fear, anger, feelings of powerlessness, or exhaustion,” the APA writes. Ecoanxiety can also impact our physical health. Research has shown that chronic stress can lower one’s immune system, causing one to be susceptible to illness and disease.

Although dealing successfully with mental health issues in the workplace is largely dependent on having a positive internal corporate culture, good people management, and wellness programs for employees — there is also a role for corporate real estate professionals. … Read More

People first: green design for health, wellness and productivity

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JLL’s Lower Manhattan office at 28 Liberty Street achieved WELL Certification at the Silver level, a measure of the company’s commitment to employee health, well-being and productivity. The new space was designed to showcase the firm’s dedication to sustainability, energy efficiency, return on investment, and health and wellness, and also meets the U.S. Green Building Council standards for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification.

“JLL’s new office in Lower Manhattan demonstrates the firm’s strong commitment to supporting human health, well-being and comfort in commercial buildings,” said Dana Schneider, Managing Director and Head of JLL’s Energy Sustainability Services group in the Northeast. “There is no better way to understand the impact of incorporating human health advocacy into everyday real estate decisions than to do it ourselves for our own staff.”

The WELL Building Standard, a performance-based certification system, evaluates seven categories of building performance: air, water, light, nourishment, fitness, comfort and mind. WELL is grounded in a body of evidence-based research that explores the connection between the buildings where we spend approximately 90 percent of our time and the health and wellness impacts on us as occupants of these buildings. To be awarded WELL Certification, JLL’s office underwent rigorous testing and a final third-party evaluation to ensure it met all WELL Certified Silver performance requirements.… Read More

OSHA: workplace safety & health align with sustainability

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GreenBiz magazine sat down with Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA), and discussed how sustainablity is a movement providing “leadership, innovation and going beyond simple compliance” and that “worker engagement is one of the fundamental tenets of a comprehensive safety and health program.”

Michaels noted in the Q&A that “Worker engagement is one of the fundamental tenets of a comprehensive safety and health program… Worker engagement… Read More