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With responsibility for executing JLL Property Management’s services platform, Kristin Mueller ensures consistency in standards across the firm’s third-party portfolio and drives results and efficiencies across the business.

{{RELATEDLINKS}} With heightened pressure for businesses to adopt sustainable business practices, the commercial real estate industry has a viable role to play in the fight against climate change. In fact, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the built world accounts for more than 40 percent of the planet’s carbon emissions, which means that the real estate industry can play a major role in the solution.

Climate change is also becoming a financial risk for companies. With the misconception that sustainability equipped buildings are extremely costly, there are many considerable no- to low-cost options available for decarbonization, according to JLL’s latest global research report, Decarbonizing the Built Environment. The report states that 43 percent of investors have a net zero carbon race-to-zero goal, and 38 percent of investors say they have published or measured environmental goals, like having wind- or solar-powered capabilities. However, to make a reasonable difference on our environment, these numbers need to continue to grow. The first step is education and understanding exactly how industry leaders can put this into action.

The commercial real estate industry has a viable role to play in the fight against climate change. A few ways in which businesses can reimagine their carbon-reduction objectives are through: There are many considerable no- to low-cost options available for decarbonization. Sustainable certifications, like the LEED rating system, are also important for investors to keep an eye on. These certifications guide property owners and managers as they develop their plans for reduced operating costs, enhanced building efficiency, and increased asset value. Continued learning around how these certifications are evolving and what they say about your property is also reaffirmation to the people inside the building, who are growing more and more conscious of what businesses are doing to make an impact. Certifications are an indicator of a building that provides its occupants an environment conducive to productivity, comfort, health, and well-being. These certifications are expected to continue to grow and become a prominent part in both updating old buildings and as a focal point for new development.

More and more companies are participating in the “race to zero” to transition to cleaner and greener operations, both for the impact the built world has on the environment and due to stakeholder and occupier pressure. Through a strategic plan, businesses can start to make a major difference and help shape a greener built world for years to come.