Green Seal’s Safer COVID-19 Disinfection Guidelines

Green Seal’s Safer COVID-19 Disinfection Guidelines

As part of Corporate Sustainability Strategies’ commitment to a sustainable future, President & CEO, Brenna Walraven serves as a member of Green Seal’s Board of Directors.

 

Recently, Green Seal launched its Safer COVID-19 Disinfection Guidelines to provide actionable best practices for effective and responsible cleaning and disinfection.

 

These Guidelines are covered extensively by several relevant publications (below) and tie in with growing concern about the health risks of overusing disinfectants, as outlined in the Bloomberg article Rush to Disinfect Offices Has Some Environmental Health Experts Worried.

 

Green Seal’s Guidelines for Safer COVID-19 Cleaning and Disinfection are intended for facility, property, and housekeeping managers. They provide actionable guidelines for the safe and effective cleaning and disinfection of occupied spaces and are based on the latest scientific understanding of the particular characteristics of the COVID-19 virus. They also reflect Green Seal’s expertise in setting science-based standards for high-performance cleaning products, principles, and practices that reduce unnecessary use of hazardous chemicals and promote safer and healthier indoor air.

 

About Green Seal

Green Seal is a global nonprofit organization that pioneered the ecolabeling movement with a mission to transform the economy for a healthier, greener world. Green Seal’s rigorous standards for health, sustainability and product performance have driven permanent shifts in the marketplace, empowering better purchasing decisions and rewarding industry innovators.

 

Relevant Publication Coverage

Healthy Economy Forum Report by U.S. Green Building Council

Healthy Economy Forum Report by U.S. Green Building Council

USGBC’s recently announced economic recovery strategy and vision, Healthy People in Healthy Places equals a Healthy Economy, articulates the interconnected role buildings and communities play in people’s health and the economy at large.

 

To make this strategy actionable, USGBC’s Healthy Economy Forum, held August 4-5, 2020, convened industry experts and frontline practitioners to provide insights and strategies for making our spaces healthier and more resilient.

 

At the forum, Brenna Walraven, President and CEO of Corporate Sustainability Strategies, together with Simon Turner, Owner and Founder of Building Cognition, Henry Chamberlain, President and Chief Operating Officer of BOMA International, Ben Myers, Vice President of Sustainability of Boston Properties, and Alex Spilger, Senior Vice President, Director of Sustainability of Cushman & Wakefield presented The Business Case for Healthy Buildings in a Post-COVID Era.

 

Notable references in the report include:

 

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

  • Simon Turner, Owner and Founder of Building Cognition, noted productivity is highest when room temperature is set to 70-73 degrees and proposed building occupants will start to demand better ventilation with an increased cost of $14-$40 per person each year.
  • Technology can play a key role in building trust. As Brenna Walraven, President and CEO of Corporate Sustainability Strategies, said, “There is an app for everything, and that includes indoor air quality.”

 

Active Design

  • According to Walraven, inactivity results in $54 billion in health care costs and $14 billion in lost productivity.

 

Resiliency – Intersectionality

  • Boston Properties’ Sustainability Program approaches this definition from an intersectional lens, combining climate action, resilience and social good, while prioritizing human health. This approach has been and continues to be shaped by watershed moments, whether it be the 2012 Superstorm Sandy to this year’s pandemic.
  • Ben Myers, Vice President of Sustainability at Boston Properties, explained how they convened thought leaders and specialists to develop a plan of action for four phases of these events: retreat, return, restore and resilient. Grounded in science, their plan lays out five durable changes: physical distancing enablement, contact transmission elimination, IAQ management and expertise advancement (engineering expertise, monitoring mechanisms), cleaning and disinfection enhancement and shared responsibility and discipline for mitigation and containment (health screening, communication, testing, etc.).

 

Technology

  • Henry Chamberlain, President and Chief Operating Officer, BOMA International, spoke about the use of sensors and cleaning, touchless or hands-free workplaces and virtual technologies as the new normal.

 

The Report summarizes the forum’s discussion and is the first step to a longer roadmap for the implementation of our healthy places for a healthy economy vision.

 

Full Healthy Economy Forum Report

Unlocking Hidden Value in Class B/C Office Buildings

Unlocking Hidden Value in Class B/C Office Buildings

Class B and C buildings often trail Class A buildings in adopting energy efficiency strategies and green leasing provisions. However, they also are the asset class with the most to gain from these measures.

 

While owners and operators of these properties are often eager to enact sustainability strategies, they can be constrained by smaller budgets, limited staffing, and the high demand for day-to-day operational needs.

 

However, they also are the asset class with the most to gain from these measures.

 

BOMA International partnered with the Urban Land Institute and Rocky Mountain Institute to compile the first study of its kind, offering guidance and strategies for implementing energy efficiency and green leasing measures specifically tailored to the owners and operators of Class B and C office buildings.

 

You are invited to learn the how you can unlock the hidden values in your property from Marta Schantz, Senior VP of Urban Land Institute, Brenna S. Walraven, RPA, CPM, BOMI-High Performance, BOMA Fellow, President and CEO Corporate Sustainability Strategies, Inc., and Duanne Jordan, Senior Property Manager of Colliers International South Florida.

 

Key Takeaways

  • Overall economics for energy efficiency in Class B/C buildings
  • National viewpoints on the Class B/C business case for energy efficiency
  • South Florida findings and perspectives on implementing energy efficiency and green leasing measure

 

Date and Time

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
10:00 AM Eastern Time

 

Location

Zoom Meeting

 

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Nareit REITworks Virtual Conference Session: Best Practices for Publicly Reporting Your Company’s Social Policies

Nareit REITworks Virtual Conference Session: Best Practices for Publicly Reporting Your Company’s Social Policies

Nareit’s REITworks is an educational conference where REIT industry professionals will have the opportunity to learn about the latest developments in environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and good governance impacting the real estate sector.

 

Best Practices for Publicly Reporting Your Company’s Social Policies

Session Learning Objectives

  • What to report
  • Where to report it
  • How to track throughout the year
  • How to improve social responsibility scores from data scrapers
  • Tips for first time reporting

 

Panelists

  • Kirby Brendsel, Assistant Vice President, Sustainability & ESG, Welltower
  • Mark Delisi, Vice President, Corporate Responsibility, AvalonBay Communities, Inc.
  • Kirrin Winning, Senior Manager, Corporate Responsibility & Community Impact, Regency Centers
  • Brenna Walraven (moderator), President and CEO, Corporate Sustainability Strategies

 

Date & Time

September 22, 2020

10:30 AM Eastern Time

 

Registration

Naireit REITworks

 

About Nareit

Nareit is the voice for the REIT industry among U.S policymakers, whom they inform about the important roles that REITs and REIT investment play in job creation, economic growth and the lives of millions of investors. They also are an information resource for policymakers in countries around the world that have introduced or are considering introducing REITs.

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Urban Sustainability Directors Network: Understanding and Partnering with Commercial Real Estate – a Primer for Government (by invitation only)

Urban Sustainability Directors Network: Understanding and Partnering with Commercial Real Estate – a Primer for Government (by invitation only)

CRE organizations are a key constituency for governments to consider when new initiatives are being developed, both for the energy use and floor area that Office buildings represent and for the sector’s political and financial clout. This session seeks to provide a primer on the CRE sector to governments that may be less familiar with its lingo and business practices, with an eye toward how to effectively engage CRE organizations in the policy development process. The latter part of the session will briefly explore barriers to efficiency in the sector, share ENERGY STAR resources to help overcome those barriers, and finish with open Q&A and discussion to cover any burning questions.

 

Agenda

  • Real Estate 101 – key terminology, important business relationships, and property budgets
  • Business case & barriers for pursuing benchmarking, energy efficiency, and renewable energy
  • Approaches to engaging CRE stakeholders when developing new initiatives
  • ENERGY STAR & other key resources including for small offices
  • Q&A

 

Speakers

  • Jack Davis, Director of Program Development, RE Tech Advisors
  • Eric Duchon, Global Head of Sustainability, LaSalle Investment Management
  • Brenna Walraven, President and CEO, Corporate Sustainability Strategies

 

Date

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

 

Registration is by invitation only.

 

About USDN

USDN’s mission is connecting local government practitioners to accelerate urban sustainability in U.S. and Canadian communities.

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Practical Approaches for Addressing Resiliency Risks

Practical Approaches for Addressing Resiliency Risks

presented by USGBC Green Business Summit, Greenbuild 2020

 

Greenbuild, the industry’s leading green building event, now offers three virtual summits in lead up to International Conference & Expo virtual event.

 

To kick off these expanded education offerings, the Green Business Summit will be held September 10th. At this virtual summit, thought leaders will tackle the ROI of sustainable green business, how to get buy-in and make the financial case for employee wellness programs and sustainable building as well as what commercial space looks like post COVID.

 

Brenna Walraven, CEO, Corporate Sustainability Strategies will lead the discussion on “Practical Approaches for Addressing Resiliency Risks.”

 

Green Business Summit Session: Practical Approaches for Addressing Resiliency Risks

According to the National Center for Environmental Information, the leading source of information on the impact of weather events, 2017 was the most expensive year on record for recorded insurance losses from climate-related disasters at more than $312.7 billion. Damages from floods, wildfires, landslides, hurricanes, and other natural disasters present real risks for the real estate industry. The risks are only expected to grow as real estate assets face sea-level rise, drought, heatwaves, water scarcity, and other effects of climate change.  Further, changing public policy around carbon reductions are increasingly driving material market transition risks. Forward-thinking real estate practitioners are focused on understanding these risks to better identify and implement solutions for adaptation and mitigation. Investors are also increasingly demanding that climate risk factors be disclosed and appropriately managed.

 

In this session, attendees will hear how top real estate organizations are addressing climate risk and resilience.

 

Presenters will discuss how climate risks impact investment decisions, investor demands for disclosure, and strategies for adaptation and mitigation. Using a case study approach, each speaker will offer strategies that include climate risk assessments, emergency and climate change preparedness plans, moving mechanical systems, backup generators, on-site renewables and storage and other resilience options under consideration. Speakers will also cover how reporting initiatives such as GRESB and the Taskforce for Carbon Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) are driving the need for better performance data and disclosure. After speaker presentations, the panel will utilize their real estate and sustainability expertise and experience to lead a facilitated discussion with the audience about resilience and climate risk.

 

Learning Objectives

  • Learn about the material risks for real estate assets of climate and weather-related events as well as the impacts of public policy change and market transition risks.
  • Understand how to use available resources and information to better assess the resilience of your portfolio.
  • Identify property and portfolio level strategies and solutions to improve resilience and mitigate both physical and transition risks.
  • Understand investor pressures for a better understanding of climate-related risks and reporting initiatives designed to increase disclosure.

 

Panelists

  • Eric Duchon, Global Head of Sustainability, LaSalle Investment Management
  • John Scott, Managing Director, REMS Florida, Colliers International
  • Brenna Walraven, President and CEO, Corporate Sustainability Strategies

 

Q & A

After the presentation, the panel will utilize their real estate and sustainability expertise and experience to lead a facilitated discussion with the audience about resilience and climate risk.

 

Continuing Education (CE)

1 hour

 

Date & Time

September 10, 2020

10:30 AM Pacific Time

 

Registration & Promo Code

Green Business Summit is part of the Greenbuild Virtual educational offerings.

 

Use GREENBUILDVIRTUAL20 to receive a 10% discount on Greenbuild educational passes.

 

 

About Greenbuild 2020

Greenbuild 2020 is all digital. The virtual format will deliver countless opportunities to connect with Greenbuild’s leading audience of decision makers at all levels including, building owners and managers, commercial and residential contractors, architects, engineers, designers, government and municipalities, utilities and more.

 

Since 2002, Greenbuild has been the global stage for green building innovation and the place to learn and source cutting edge solutions to improve resilience, sustainability and quality of life in our buildings, cities and communities.

 

#Greenbuild 2020 includes three additional one-day summits in September and October.

 

Greenbuild Virtual Events

Green Business Summit: September 10

Resilience Summit: October 1

Global Health & Wellness Summit: October 22

Greenbuild Conference + Expo: November 10-12