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- May 1, 2018: Vol. 30, Number 5

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Linking wellness and sustainability

by Loretta Clodfelter

The current emphasis on environmental, social and governance factors (ESG) naturally has led many real estate investors and investment managers to link wellness and sustainability.

“One of the reasons why wellness has moved under the sustainability umbrella is the numerous synergies with what traditional green-building certifications offer — sustainable, high-performance buildings include a focus on human health and productivity,” explains Anna Murray, vice president of sustainability at Bentall Kennedy. “It starts with what tenants are demanding. Corporations are flocking to buildings that help them attract and retain talent, and are striving to provide a workplace environment that enables those employees to do their best work.”

Tenant satisfaction is one of the key elements pulling together environmental and social concerns, and driving the development of sustainability features and wellness features.

“People want to live, work and play in places t

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