Many organizations have a green mandate when it comes to building, occupying and/or leasing commercial/institutional space. As such, there are many sustainability certifications for commercial real estate including BOMA BEST, which is both made-in-Canada and the largest certification in Canada. However, focusing on the building’s sustainability and ignoring the sustainability of the activities occurring within the building is like driving a “green” car with deflated tires or with the windows down and the air conditioning on. More and more, organizations realize that they must focus on their workplace activities as an essential next step in being sustainable – and Human Resources professionals increasingly need to respond to a labour market that demands sustainable employers. It is for this reason that the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Canada created BOMA BEST® Sustainable Workplaces, the perfect tool to lead you and your organization to an environmentally sustainable workplace. Not only will BOMA BEST® Sustainable Workplaces validate what you’ve already done, it will give you a road map to improve key performance indicators. The standardized framework requires you to benchmark, monitor and set goals in nine areas that you typically have some measure of control over:
Recycling and Waste Diversion
Sustainable Travel and Commuting
Indoor Air Quality
BOMA BEST® Sustainable Workplaces also represents the next evolution in tenant/occupant engagement for property managers and building operators. It is widely acknowledged that tenants/occupants are the “final frontier” in sustainable building performance. Moreover, property managers and building operators frequently have a very difficult time engaging their tenants/occupants/customers in a positive, proactive manner. By engaging tenants/occupants with BOMA BEST® Sustainable Workplaces, property managers and building operators can provide something of great value to tenants/occupants while also driving up the sustainability of the building’s performance. In this informative and interactive session, BOMA Canada CEO, Benjamin Shinewald, will elaborate on the drive towards sustainable workplaces, drawing on trends in Millennial engagement, feedback from a national pilot, and integration from a major interdisciplinary study based jointly out of the University of Waterloo and Wilfred Laurier University. Sustainable Workplaces are the next “big thing” in commercial/institutional real estate, and this session will explain why. Benjamin L. Shinewald, President and Chief Executive Officer, Building Owners and Managers Association of Canada Benjamin L. Shinewald is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Building Owners and Managers Association of Canada (BOMA), which represents thousands of property managers, asset managers and other members across Canada. Among other things, Benjamin’s responsibilities include BOMA BEST®, Canada’s leading sustainability certification for commercial real estate. During his tenure, BOMA BEST® has grown rapidly and is now expanding worldwide. BOMA Canada is also currently launching BOMA BEST® Sustainable Workplaces, the world’s first sustainability certification aimed at commercial tenants. Over his 6+ years at BOMA Canada, the organization has expanded tremendously and it continues to grow, with a wide variety of new programs underway. Benjamin represents BOMA Canada and BOMA BEST® at various national and international fora, including several Government of Canada-sponsored programs. Prior to joining BOMA in 2012, Benjamin served as the CEO of Canadian Jewish Congress. Earlier, he served in the Privy Council Office in Ottawa and practiced law in Toronto at Torys. Benjamin previously served as a Law Clerk to the Chief Justice of Israel and worked for the Leader of the Democratic Party of Hong Kong, the Canadian Mission to the OECD in Paris and the Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club. Benjamin has won various awards including an Action Canada Fellowship, which named him “one of Canada’s best and brightest emerging leaders,” and a European Union Visitors Programme Fellowship, which recognized him as a “young, promising leader.” Benjamin was educated at the University of Toronto, the London School of Economics, the University of Manitoba and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His opinion pieces are regularly published in leading newspapers.