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Green Workplace 2013-02-19 02:53:00
Smart organizations understand that their primary goal is to enhance the performance of their people. In a knowledge work economy, people are the engine that keep companies growing, adapting, improving and innovating. Not surprisingly, thoughtful workplace design can be a powerful tool for supporting employee performance. And a collateral benefit is that what typically supports productivity also enhances employee health and wellness …


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Green Workplace 2012-12-03 00:52:00
In spin class the other day I kept thinking that all of the sweating I was doing (along with 25 other crazy souls) should be put to some use... besides burning calories of course.  During number 3 of a 5 hill climb, I wondered - would it be possible to take our kinetic energy and bottle it up for the gym …


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Green Workplace 2012-10-01 14:00:00
Recently, I had the opportunity to participate in a research initiative with CoreNet, a global corporate real estate research and networking organization. We met with hundreds of corporate real estate executives to discuss global trends and together made predictions about the year 2020. The initiative, a nine-month study coined CRE 2020 for short, was an incredible experience to discuss and understand more deeply what …


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Green Workplace 2012-09-08 20:19:00
Photo:  "Little Dude" a pig c/o WFAS The family and I took a nice trip upstate a couple of weeks ago to breathe some fresh air and get away from the craziness of New York City.  While we were there we saw family, roasted s'mores in a bonfire, swam and hiked and generally had a fabulous time. Since our girls are old enough …


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Green Workplace 2012-08-02 12:08:00
Living in New York City I am addicted to take out food.  There are millions of fabulous choices of restaurants and street vendors at my fingertips, so it's pretty hard to resist taking advatage of this.  It's expensive sometimes, and I kick myself for that, but what makes me even more frustrated is the number of takeout boxes, bags, spoons, forks, …


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Green Workplace 2012-07-30 18:56:00
The New York Times yesterday published an article about a new kind of development along Manhattan's East River.  It's an artificial mussel bed, specifically designed to encourage mussels to latch on to a rough concrete surface.The habitat, two submerged V-shaped concrete troughs studded with about 340 rocks, is part of a new ?eco-park? in the East River Waterfront Esplanade. The $165 …


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Green Workplace 2012-05-06 00:49:00
A big part of my job is talking to people about alternative ways of working.  Specifically, about how to embrace mobility and the idea that most knowledge workers can work anywhere - the office, their car, an airplane, the library, home - anywhere.  Companies are very interested in allowing their employees to work at home (or other places other than the …


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Green Workplace 2012-04-15 13:35:00
For those of you who haven't visited New York's HighLine park, an abandoned elevated train track turned natural park, it's worth the walk. It's no nice in fact, that on nice sunny days on a weekend it's super crowded, so I recommend picking a less popular time.And for those of you looking for the next park to visit, check out early …


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Green Workplace 2012-02-06 12:55:00
Maybe I don't shop a lot, but I was out looking for some cute, casual shoes to wear to work on those days that I don't have a ton of meetings or other need to be fancy and I found something new! My goal was simply to find something cute and professional that will go with "fancy" clothes and jeans alike; …


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Green Workplace 2012-01-16 01:55:00
Someone asked me recently if the green movement was losing its momentum. Well, according to Google Trends, words like "sustainability," "green design," "green buildings" and "LEED" are not being searched for as often these days. In fact, it looks like the peak search year for these topics was around 2008/2009. Since then, these words are still being "Googled" but not as …


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Green Workplace 2011-07-25 22:49:00
Before movies, there was only theater. And for a long time the theatrical set of the theater, with a stage, lighting above and in front, sets off to the side and actors moving to and from the stage defined how stories were told. Most of the activity occured behind what is called the proscenium, or an archway in front of the …


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Green Workplace 2011-07-25 13:09:00
This is the fifth of several posts explaining how we are looking to nature's principles (Life's Principles) to develop new ways of thinking about our workplace:Optimize the system rather than maximizing components. Creatures always have to balance multiple cost/benefit dimensions, there are no single-minded goals (like being bigger, faster, etc.)- Perform as many functions with as few components as possible- Think …


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Green Workplace 2011-07-25 13:05:00
This is the fourth of several posts explaining how we are looking to nature's principles (Life's Principles) to develop new ways of thinking about our workplace: The whole is greater than the sum of its parts ? design for swarm. Design lots of little, simple things that together can do sophisticated things. Design for ?swarm? (individual bee has a small brain …


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Green Workplace 2011-07-23 12:49:00
This is the third of several posts explaining how we are looking to nature's principles (Life's Principles) to develop new ways of thinking about our workplace:Organize fractally. Nature creates beautiful and functional elements that occur over and over again. Self-similarity is a way of planning for several different scales at once.Examples from nature:Fibonacci spirals don't occur all over the place in …


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Green Workplace 2011-07-18 16:48:00
This is the second of several posts explaining how we are looking to nature's principles (Life's Principles to be exact) to develop new ways of thinking about our workplace:Don?t foul your nest. What do we mean by that exactly? Don't use or build with harmful materials or effluents, design with healthy environment in mind and consider Biophilia ? human?s preference to …


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Green Workplace 2011-07-17 22:43:00
I'm working with a client on some new ideas for creating a workplace to support them over the coming years. As we started thinking about concepts for creating the right environment moving forward, we looked to Biomimicry.What is Biomimicry?Biomimicry (from bios, meaning life, and mimesis, meaning to imitate) is a relatively new science that studies the models, systems, processes, and elements …


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Green Workplace 2011-07-07 14:21:00
I had the great pleasure of speaking with the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs a couple of weeks ago. Click on link below to listen.http://www.carnegiecouncil.org/resources/transcripts/0416.html


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Green Workplace 2011-05-20 23:05:00
I'm working on a project with my colleagues at HOK... we're using Facebook to survey thousands of people across the planet to understand work patterns, changes caused by technology and our impact on the planet.PLEASE CLICK HERE AND TAKE THE SURVEY (go to orange button)It takes 5 minutes and you can see high level results immediately. We'll also regularly post detailed …


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Green Workplace 2011-03-21 19:28:00
Thanks to our friends at Engineering Degree Online for featuring The Green Workplace as one of their list of Top 35 Green Architecture Blogs. They've classified them as "niche," "informative," "building" and "remodeling."We also are on a somewhat related list of Top 50 Construction Blogs by Construction Management Degree Online. Includes topics such as "architecture," "green home construction," "local green construction," …


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Green Workplace 2011-03-19 18:05:00
I work with a number of "Boomer" architects, planners and designers. And every once in a while they remind me that back in the 1970s during the Carter Administration they did a lot of innovative thinking on the green front. While those of us swept up in this recent wave of greenitis think that we invented the mindset, it's actually been …


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