By: Ted Spicer, Account Director, Jones Lang LaSalle
Today’s leading businesses are working toward more environmentally friendly operations. Here at JLL, we are advocates of a “green” workplace. In fact, JLL was recognized among the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” by the Ethisphere Institute in 2013. By educating and advocating for sustainable practices, companies can positively impact the environment, while simultaneously attracting and retaining quality employees.
This post is the second in a series, based on Perspectives on Sustainability and Healthcare, spotlighting Beaumont Health Systems’ journey to obtaining LEED certification in Detroit.
The Need for LEED
In our sustainability-conscious society, many businesses are looking to join the elite group of those who are LEED certified. Here at JLL, we have one of largest in-house group of LEED Accredited Professionals, and offer guidance to help other companies reach their sustainability goals. When Beaumont Health System approached us for assistance with their own LEED certification, we were more than happy to help.
Back in 2011, Beaumont Health Systems in Detroit decided to take its first steps toward greener operations.
A Helping Hand
To provide Beaumont with a better understanding of LEED building guidelines, JLL invited Beaumont’s team to visit several local buildings with leading sustainable programs, including alternative energy systems, daylight harvesting initiatives, employee engagement activities and green roofs. Although Beaumont could not replicate many of the same features due to new construction limitations, the company was able to better understand the direction of where it needed to go to achieve its goal.
In 2012, Beaumont took the next step towards LEED certification and requested that JLL organize a study group to help its employees gain a basic knowledge of green design, construction and operations, known as the LEED Green Associate credential. After attending six training courses and working closely with experts at JLL, several Beaumont employees are now credentialed LEED Green Associates.
5 Basic Steps to LEED Certification
According to the U.S. Green Business Council (USGBC), LEED certification involves five primary steps, which I’ve outlined below.
Step 1: Choose a rating system.
Depending on the defined scope of the LEED rating system, some companies could be eligible for more than one certification.
Step 2: Register for certification.
Submit the registration forms and payment for registration.
Step 3: Submit certification and pay a certification review fee.
Keep in mind that fees vary based on project type and size.
Step 4: Wait for the formal review process.
Review processes vary based on the project.
Step 5: Receive the decision.
You have the option to either accept or appeal the decision.
Beaumont is determined to continue its stride to become LEED certified. To read more about Beaumont Health System’s journey to LEED certification, download the free Beaumont’s Journey to LEED report.
Have questions on how your office can become LEED certified? Contact me for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Author
Ted Spicer is a Senior Vice President in the Healthcare Solutions group for JLL. He is also the account director and client relationship manager for the Beaumont Hospitals account. With more than 11 years of healthcare real estate experience, Ted is responsible for delivering world-class facilities and real estate services to Beaumont’s acute care hospital portfolio of 9.1M square feet.