Greenbuild is just around the corner, beginning Wednesday, November 14, at McCormick Place in Chicago — and we always look forward to what’s happening there. Now, if you’ve been reading this blog regularly (which you have, right?), you’ll be aware of the fact that we’ve been talking quite a bit about the WELL Building StandardTM of late. In part, that’s because Milliken’s Chicago showroom in theMART was recently certified Platinum by the IWBI. It’s the only Platinum-certified space in Chicago, at the moment.
Over the years, the office has certainly changed. Unless you’ve recently emerged from an underground vault, the current emphasis on creating healthier workplaces certainly isn’t a surprise. As a society we’ve really come to embrace this idea — that healthier, happier employees are better employees. Everyone wins.
If we were to take a trip to the ancient, dust-covered days of the modern sustainability standard — by strapping ourselves into the time machine that’s been sitting in the back of the garage, and cranking the power up — we’d be going on a long, arduous journey all the way back to . . . 1993. Yep, just 25 years. When the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC ) was founded. Also when the development of the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standard began. Let’s say you accosted a random badge-holder with edgy glasses at the nearest design conference, then demanded they immediately shout out the name of the first sustainability-friendly building standard that popped into their head. If you did that, “LEED!” would probably get yelled the most.
Why are people so fond of whodunits? Here’s a guess: We absolutely crave the moment when we find out the guy slinking around in the trench coat didn’t do it (and you knew it — come on, he was way too obvious). No, it turns out the culprit was actually that sweet old lady from next door who made all the fruit pies. But the thing is — you weren’t really surprised, right? When you think about it, clearly something was up with her, that’s for sure.
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“We have a responsibility that is proportional to our power. Being sensitive to the human considerations is crucial in making ethical decisions. It’s not what you can do, it’s about what you should do.” - Damon Horowitz
Annual report reveals resource reduction, material transparency as driving factors to Milliken’s sustainability efforts
We are proud to announce the release of the Milliken floor covering division’s second annual sustainability report. As an extension of our commitment to transparent practices and products that ‘do good’ in the world – the report gives insight into our global operations, product offering, and overall impact on the environment. Our hope is that it will inspire you to create more sustainable spaces.
Every day, Milliken is driven to 'do good' in communities around the world. While our processes, products and people regularly influence lives spanning the globe, we are keenly aware of the opportunities to foster growth, promote sustainability and inspire excellence right in our own backyard.
Discover how our partnership with the Chapman Cultural Center has resulted in repurposing 20,000 feet of excess yarn from manufacturing floor covering, not only diverting waste from landfill, but also creating new agents of art inspiration throughout our headquarter community.
Green building today encompasses a myriad of product certifications, building standards and manufacturing processes. Transparency tools range in focus, from environmental impacts to potential risks to human health – and it is no surprise either. People spend more than 90% of their time inside, where the EPA estimates that pollutants are between two and five times higher than those outdoors.
For many companies, sustainability simply means doing enough to hit their LEED targets. But a work environment which prioritizes sustainability can have many benefits: improved indoor air quality; happier and healthier employees; and a better reputation compared to competitors.
To help you take advantage of the benefits of a more sustainable workplace, today I’m looking at 4 practical ways facility managers can improve sustainability in their company.