Jones Lang LaSalle’s sustainability team published a new white paper focused on why business leaders should consider green leases. The benefits are substantial and offer both quantitative and qualitative perks.
Following are a few of the benefits:
◦Achieve cost savings from reduced utility consumption and waste-stream diversions. As detailed in the report, JLL clients have identified short-term utility spend savings of 3-13% from easy-to-implement, sustainable measures simply built into their leases.
◦Keep employees happier, healthier and more productive. According to a 2009 CoStar study highlighted in the green lease report, workers in environmentally friendly buildings are, on average, 5% more productive and take 3% fewer sick days than others.
◦Enjoy smarter profits. Ray Anderson, a consultant and pioneer of sustainable enterprise, argues that, “sustainability is a better way to a bigger and more legitimate profit” (source). This concept is further legitimized in Anderson’s book, Confessions of a Radical Industrialist, as well as economic strategist Umair Haque’s The New Capitalist Manifesto.
◦Enhance your corporate image—within your industry, your neighborhood and your own walls. Going green isn’t just the smart thing to do; it’s the right thing to do. Buildings account for 30% of all greenhouse gas emissions, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection agency.
JLL was recently recognized with the 2013 Energy Star Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award for the firm’s “continued leadership in protecting the environment through energy efficiency.”
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