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Sustainable Development

In Focus: For Property Managers, a Penny Spent is a Penny Earned

Matt Lanfear, CEO, Great Eastern Energy (Q2 2017)

By making smart energy-saving investments, property managers will reap long-term savings. More

Edible Gardens Enliven Industrial Properties, Accelerate Valuations

Lara Hermanson, Co-Founder & Principal, Farmscape (Q2 2017)

Urban farms can help to attract new industrial businesses, accelerate property values, and engender camaraderie between co-workers. More

Knockin’ on the Golden Door: Top Real Estate Trends to Beat the Competition

Sara Benson, Senior Consultant, Business Consulting Group, Cushman & Wakefield (Q1 2017)

Companies - and communities - that align their real estate and workforce strategies will enhance their competitive positions. More

Six Factors to Consider When Selecting a Location for a Mission-Critical Data Center

Mark Bauer, Managing Director and Co-Lead Data Center Solutions , JLL (Data Centers 2017)

When searching for a location for their next data center, companies need to take a holistic view of the process, prioritizing and balancing all the factors involved in site selection. More

Frontline: One-Year Update on the Revised Ozone Standard

Tom Ewing, Staff Editor, Area Development (Directory 2017)

September 30th marked an important clean air deadline. That’s when governors had to send EPA a list of in-state regions judged to comply, or not, with the revised ozone (O3) standard, changed one year earlier, October 1, 2015. More

Environmental Considerations for Planning A New Operation

Cindy Madrick, Vice President, Business Development, Cornerstone Environmental, Health and Safety, Inc. (Q4 2016)

Once a business has narrowed down its location choices, it must implement an environmental and safety strategy to address all stages of planning and compliance. More

A Business-Driven Approach to Utility Infrastructure

Jim Lewis, Electrical Controls Department Manager and Principal , SSOE (Q4 2016)

Whether a utility project is driven by production capacity, energy efficiency, regulatory requirements, or environmental sustainability, its ultimate objective is to add value to the business. More

Adaptive Reuse and Infill Projects Change the Urban Landscape

Michael McCormick, President & CEO, McCormick Construction (Q3 2016)

Although there are some challenges to adaptive reuse and infill projects, they can help to develop creative office space in historic, vibrant metro areas, while boosting ROI and environmental sustainability, and catering to the local community and talent pool. More

In Focus: To Address Energy Goals, Remember the Building Envelope

Darlene Pope, Senior Vice President, JLL Energy and Sustainability Services, JLL (Q3 2016)

A preventative approach from the outside in draws on roofs, walls, and windows to save energy. More

Frontline: Cities Pledge to Reduce and Track Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Tom Ewing, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2016)

With the formation of the Compact of Mayors, cities worldwide are preparing GHG inventories for buildings and transport and hope to link this data to development priorities. More

In Focus: Interior Wall Protection Upgrades Help Meet Facility Management Benchmarks

David Bronovicki, Senior Manager, Product Marketing, Construction Specialties (Q3 2016)

An upgrade in interior wall protection is more than just a facelift; it can reinforce branding as well as reduce long-term maintenance and repair costs. More

Reducing Energy Consumption of Manufactured Goods

Mark Johnson, Director, Advanced Manufacturing Office (Q2 2016)

By obtaining technology and scientific grants, government performance contracts, and economic development support, innovative companies can quickly flourish. More

Building a Sustainable Supply Chain

Lily Russell, Founder, Explain the Chain and Mariana Souza, Consultant (Q1 2016)

Sustainable supply chain best practices can build upon site selection goals to reduce costs, mitigate risk, and increase speed to market. More

Frontline: Implementing the New Ozone Standard - First Steps

Tom Ewing, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2016)

Many urban industrial facility managers are familiar with working in nonattainment areas. But a new lower standard will sweep in new territory. More

The Importance of Energy and ICT Infrastructure in Site Selection as Cloud Computing Broadens

Larry Gigerich, Managing Director , Ginovus (Q1 2016)

Reliance on a community’s telecom and energy infrastructure has heightened the importance of these factors in the location decision-making process for both the providers and users of cloud computing services and the IoT. More

Corporate Real Estate's Battle for Tech Talent

Area Development Research Desk (Directory 2016)

Powerful data and analytics platforms offer powerful opportunities to mine business intelligence from corporate real estate (CRE) data. Yet, to make it all work, you've got to have the tech talent to build, populate and optimize those platforms. With the lure of smarter CRE portfolio management, better energy efficiency, and more productive employees, CRE leaders are actively recruiting data scientists who can fire up data-informed decision-making. More

In Focus: Funding Solar Projects for Commercial Facilities

Megan Birney, Director of Strategic Affairs, Wiser Capital LLC (Q4 2015)

Although companies can reap huge savings from installing solar energy, they may need to employ some creative strategies in order to secure project financing and must also consider the real estate available for such an installation. More

In Focus: Leveraging Applications Experts and Tools for Effective HVAC Systems

Brian Fiegen, Systems and Applications Leader, Trane (Q4 2015)

Given the complexity of HVAC systems, their impact on performance, and the investment required, leveraging the expertise of HVAC manufacturer applications can be a critical enhancement. More

Companies Diversify Shallow Economies While Building New Markets

Charlie Spies, CEO, CEI Capital Management (Q4 2015)

The New Markets Tax Credit program has helped companies to establish and expand their businesses, while bolstering the distressed economies of their chosen locations. More

In Focus: Co-Working Spaces Shaping a New Generation of Emerging Urban Landscapes

Jerry Hoffman, President & CEO, Hoffman Strategy Group and Jeff Green, President & CEO, Jeff Green Partners (Q4 2015)

A new, alternative workspace is emerging where freelancers, entrepreneurs, contract workers, and small businesses collaborate and create a business community — a space where professionals reserve a desk, room, or “hot seat” at a table without the fixed financial strings attached. More

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