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WORKERS WANT A BUILDING COMMITTED
TO SUSTAINABILITY AND WELLNESS
Showing that your building has a strong commitment to sustainability and wellness can be a significant deciding factor
for Americans when choosing a workplace, according to the U.S. Green Building
The organization recently released a
report ( bit.ly/2yIH54k) that found employees who work in LEED-certified green
buildings are happier, healthier and more
productive than those in conventional, non-LEED buildings.
In May of this year, the U.S. Labor
Department reported that the number
of American workers quitting voluntarily
reached its highest level in 17 years. The
rate edged up to 2.4 percent, or about 3. 3
“What that tells us is there’s more job
competitiveness than ever before and that
companies need to be doing more to differentiate themselves when they’re wooing
potential employees,” says Marisa Long,
vice president of public relations and communications for the USGBC.
After the release of those statistics, the
USGBC felt compelled to explore the topic
further. They conducted a survey that
included 1,001 workers in the U.S. who are
employed full-time or part-time, or self-employed but work in an office building
Read more about this report
and findings ( bit.ly/2SFCPeK).
“This survey really shows that occupants care about their work,
their environment and how it impacts them."
—Marisa Long, USGBC
80 percent say the enhanced air
quality improves their physical health and comfort.
85 percent of respondents in LEED-certified buildings say
their access to quality outdoor views and natural sunlight boosts their
overall productivity and happiness.
93 percent of those who work in LEED-certified
green buildings say they are satisfied on the job.
79 percent say they would choose a job in
a LEED-certified building over a non-LEED building.
84 percent of respondents prefer to work for a company
that has a strong, concrete mission and positive values.