9780230614284

The Green Workplace Sustainable Strategies that Benefit Employees, the Environment, and the Bottom Line

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  • ISBN13:

    9780230614284

  • ISBN10:

    0230614280

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-08-04
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press

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As 21st-century companies realize they'll need to be green to compete, sustainable ideas are spreading like wildfire throughout all fields of modern business. InThe Green Workplace, Leigh Stringer, an expert on sustainable workplace design and strategy, shows companies on the cusp of radically transforming their practices how to bring together diverse teams and establish new organizational governance for creative problem-solving in greening their workplace. Her hands-on green strategies are based on concrete and cost-effective changes such as: - working from home - ways to cut commuting costs - video conferencing to cut down on travel - increasing access to natural light to save energy - and more. Stringer explains how managers can implement these changes smoothly and efficiently. In solving key problems, she shows companies how a green business reduces costs, increases productivity, improves recruiting and retention, and increases shareholder value, in addition to benefiting the environment.

Author Biography

Leigh Stringer is a LEED® Accredited Professional and a workplace and sustainability expert at HOK, a global architectural firm. She has been a featured speaker at numerous design and construction industry events for the U.S. Green Building Council, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), International Facility Management Association (IFMA) and CoreNet Global.  In 2007, she was named to the list of “40 Under 40” top industry professionals by Building Design + Construction magazine.

In addition to appearances on CNN,  published articles in USA Today, CoreNet’s Leader magazine, Building Operating Management, and Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Stringer is the founder and editor of TheGreenWorkplace.com, a blog dedicated to sharing ideas about greening the workplace through space, technology and change management.

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figuresp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
The Case for Changep. 1
Driving Forces for Changep. 5
The Workplace Challengep. 7
New Ways of Workingp. 7
Consider the Commutep. 8
The Impact of a Green Workplacep. 9
Creating Valuep. 9
Mitigating Riskp. 14
The Future Has Arrivedp. 18
The Global Picturep. 21
Our "Supersized" Ecological Footprintp. 22
Our Addiction to Oilp. 26
Throwing It All Awayp. 29
Poor Indoor Air Qualityp. 31
Emissionsp. 33
Greening the Organizationp. 37
The Power of the Grassrootsp. 38
Reward Systemsp. 39
Measurementp. 42
New Roles and Responsibilitiesp. 46
Partnershipsp. 51
Centralized versus Decentralized Structurep. 53
Making Green Stickp. 54
Your Green Road Mapp. 59
Getting Startedp. 60
Mobilizationp. 61
Diagnosis and Discoveryp. 65
Strategy and Program Developmentp. 68
Implications and Recommendationsp. 71
Implement, Measure, and Adjustp. 73
The High-Performance Green Workplacep. 75
Encouraging Green Behaviorp. 77
Green Change Managementp. 78
Benefits of Change Managementp. 79
Green Profilingp. 80
Identifying Resistancep. 86
Tying Green Behavior to Processp. 89
Actions You Can Take Todayp. 99
Green Recruitingp. 101
Green Branding and Organizational Culturep. 103
Recruiting Venuesp. 106
Job Descriptionsp. 106
Green Benefitsp. 108
Greening the Recruiting Processp. 110
Keeping Green Talentp. 112
Actions You Can Take Todayp. 113
Leveraging Technologyp. 115
Enabling More Efficient and Effective Workp. 116
Mass Collaborationp. 124
Technology Influencing Behaviorp. 127
Smart Buildingsp. 130
Alternative Energy Technologyp. 134
Actions You Can Take Todayp. 135
Greening Operationsp. 137
Measure Twice, Cut Oncep. 138
Buying Wiselyp. 140
Saving Energy and Waterp. 144
Waste Not, Want Notp. 147
Unusual Partnershipsp. 150
Actions You Can Take Todayp. 153
Transformative Designp. 155
New Ways of Thinkingp. 156
Transformative Design in Buildingsp. 161
Design Influencing Green Behaviorp. 165
Designing a Productive, Green Workplacep. 168
Actions You Can Take Todayp. 175
Changing When, Where, and How You Workp. 177
The Shiftp. 178
What Is Alternative Work?p. 182
Candidates for Alternative Workp. 188
Cultural Assessmentp. 190
The Implications of Alternative Workp. 190
Transportation Demand Managementp. 194
Corporate Travelp. 198
Integrating TDM into the Businessp. 198
Actions You Can Take Todayp. 201
The Green Workplace of the Futurep. 203
Predictionsp. 205
Moving Forwardp. 213
Notesp. 217
Indexp. 229
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