SR Inc. to Convene Corporate/Commercial Real Estate Executives and Drive an Industry Closer to Greater Sustainability

November 12, 2011

The Sustainability Roundtable, Inc. (SR Inc.), the for-profit, shared cost research and consulting firm will bring together corporate/commercial real estate executives and sustainability professionals who represent over 60 member-client organizations at SR Inc.’s Third Annual Summit entitled, “The Change Driving Sustainability” on November 30th and December 1st at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington D.C.

This invitation only two-day event will feature: sustainability excellence award winners; presentations and case studies of SR Inc.’s 2011 Research Program; panel discussions with Federal agency representatives; and, facilitated sessions to develop SR Inc.’s 2012 Research Program.

Management Best Practice Sessions will include:

Portfolio-wide Sustainability Strategies: What strategies do Real Estate Executives use to resource and create sustainable value. (Includes Innovative Finance for Energy Efficiency)

Benchmarking Sustainability: What sustainability KPIs should Leaders adopt and what are the relevant performance benchmarks.

Sustainable Leased Space: How Leaders move to more sustainable leased space? How Tenants and Landlords systematically implement green leases and what provisions in RFPs, LOIs and Leases are used.

Alternative Workplace Strategies: What AWS strategies are successfully adopted to increase productivity and how can landlord’s best respond.

Working with the Federal Government: What are the best sustainability resources available within the Federal Government and how can Real Estate Executives partner with them.

The collaboration of SR Inc.’s member-clients supported by SR Inc.’s analysts, researchers, consultants and advisors is rapidly driving the real estate industry toward greater sustainability with breakthrough management best practices about ‘what works’ to apply the principles of sustainable real estate strategies across a portfolio that reduce operating expenses/occupancy costs; enhance enterprise/asset value; and align with organizations’ commitment to the environment.

If you would like to learn more about SR Inc.’s Annual Summit III or how SR Inc.’s resources and implementation guidance could help you drive your organization closer to sustainability, contact SR Inc.’s Larry Simpson, Executive Vice President – Advisory Services at larrysimpson@sustainround.com.

(The author is Larry Simpson, Executive Vice President, Advisory Services, Sustainability Roundtable, Inc. Additional posts can be found in SR Inc.’s Forum found at http://www.sustainround.com/aboutst/blog/)

 


SR Inc. Launches New Website with Resources to Help Organizations Move to Greater Sustainability

September 13, 2011

The Sustainability Roundtable, Inc. (SR Inc.) launched its new website on August 28th along with new corporate branding that includes resources for corporate and commercial real estate executives to help their organizations move to greater sustainability.

The site, www.sustainround.com, features: an overview of SR Inc.’s service offerings; select client references and profiles; career opportunities; link to SR Inc.’s blog; and a compendium of research, advisories and briefings available in SR Inc.’s “Digital Library” that clients can use to accelerate their ability to achieve high performance of their owned and leased facilities.

Visitors are encouraged to download the company Newsletters and complimentary, representative examples of research which feature: “More Sustainable Leased Space,” “Integrated Alternative Workplace Strategies,” and “Advanced Energy Management Systems.”

SR Inc. is a shared-cost research and consulting firm that promotes the use of industry best practices about ‘what works’ to apply the principles of a sustainability real estate strategy to reduce operating expenses, enhance enterprise/asset value and align with their organization’s commitment to environmental goals.

To learn more about how SR Inc. is assisting “Leaders Creating Value” and how their resources can help you, help your organization move to greater sustainability, please feel free visit the new site, www.sustainround.com, and contact Larry Simpson, Executive Vice President of Advisory Services at larrysimpson@sustainround.com or 508-946-4750.

(The author is Larry Simpson, Executive Vice President, Sustainability Roundtable, Inc. Additional posts can be found in SR Inc.’s Forum found at http://www.sustainround.com/aboutst/blog/)


What do home offices, airport terminals, cafes, and office touchdown areas all have in common? — they are all important spaces in today’s alternative workplace solutions.

July 14, 2011

As part of an overall sustainability strategy, leading companies are innovating beyond traditional workspace practices and are evaluating shifts in the location of work, hours of work and schedule of work hours.

At a recent Client-Only meeting of the Sustainability Roundtable, Inc. (SR Inc.), new research on “Integrated Alternative Workplace Strategies” (AWS) was presented that found:

  • Changing demographics, advances in technology, new business needs (24/7 service), globalization trends, and environmental considerations influence the move to greater mobility and accelerate the adoption of AWS.
  • Leading companies implement AWS to reduce real estate operating costs and carbon footprint; retain and recruit top talent; increase human capital outcomes; enhance real estate and operational agility; and enhance their brand.
  • Executives follow an iterative process to plan, implement, and evaluate AWS to maximize benefits.
  • Executives deploy AWS on company-wide level after making a compelling business case, aligned with business goals, ensure departmental integration (RE, HR, IT, EH&S), conduct initial assessment, and test pilots.
  • Executives integrate AWS into their company’s sustainability strategy; adopt options customized to meet their business goals and organizational culture to enhance sustainable value creation across the enterprise.

The organizational readiness of companies to adopt AWS differs and this impacts the level of employee mobility they are ready to embrace. SR Inc. classifies AWS into four types of solutions based on the level and mode of mobility:

Internal Mobility – working and moving within a dedicated office, group workstations, open office, and hoteling

External Mobility – working across multiple offices of the same company or home-based work, remote/satellite offices, and telework centers.

Virtual Office – full mobility and third places of cafes, libraries, airports, and client sites.

Fourth Generation Office – fully furnished flexible offices worldwide with outsourcing office and equipment provision to 3rd parties. I.e. Regus, Metro Office, Workspace Group

SR Inc.’s research included case studies from American Express, AT&T, Cisco, GSA, Nortel and Oracle that highlighted lessons learned of:

  • AWS aligns workplace and technology with the way employees already conduct work.
  • Proactive stakeholder engagement is critical. This includes a cross‐functional team with start-to-finish support from RE, HR, IT and the C-suite and engaging employees.
  • Building a legitimate business case, includes RE, HR, IT, and EH&S perspective as well as a real employee value proposition.
  • Technology is available, mature, and effective. It is expected to advance significantly in the next several years, and therefore, companies can design for maximum IT flexibility
  • Formal, comprehensive assessments of the program helps determine what works within the unique company’s context in order to make appropriate adjustments and maximize benefits.

As much as organizations are looking to AWS for the inherent benefits it is important to anticipate the needs to facilitate face-to-face interaction that can stimulate team building and knowledge exchange.

SR Inc.’s Senior Sustainability Analyst, Irina Mladenova, says, “companies across industry sectors find it necessary to revisit their workplace strategies to accommodate evolving working needs. Those who are unwilling will find it challenging to retain top talent, improve collaboration and innovativeness, and ensure low costs. One issue executives still struggle with is capturing space utilization accurately and attributing real estate and GHG footprint optimization or reduction specifically attributed to AWS. Another issue that companies still need to address more directly is how to adapt standard AWS practices company-wide level to local culture and practices.”

If you would like to learn more about how AWS could become part of your company’s sustainability strategy, feel free to download the Executive Summary of the “Integrated Alternative Workplace Strategies” at http://sustainround.com/research/AWS.php.

(The author is Larry Simpson, Executive Vice President, Sustainability Roundtable, Inc.  who can be reached at larrysimpson@sustainround.com. Additional posts can be found in SR Inc.’s Forum found at http://www.sustainround.com/forum/ )