Sydney, 21 January 2015 –CBRE offices across Australia and New Zealand will undergo
an environmental transformation over the next six years, with the firm aiming
to increase its green space by 20% as part of its ongoing commitment to
efforts to increase green space are in line with the 202020 Vision – a not-for-profit, collaborative initiative aimed at a 20%
increase in urban green space by 2020.
Since kicking-off the initiative last
year, CBRE has introduced hundreds of plants into its 21 offices across
Australia and New Zealand, with plans to continue ramping up the firms’ green
space over the coming years to reach the 20% goal.
of Sustainability, Pacific, Amanda Steele said as the world’s
largest commercial property services firm, CBRE had a social and corporate responsibility
goal to reduce its ecological footprint.
“As commercial property managers, it is relatively simple and
easy for us to introduce green space into our own tenancies, as well as
encourage our clients to adopt similar measures,” Ms Steele said.
The firm chose hardy, low-allergy and
high air purifying plant varieties to boost health benefits and also provide a
pleasing aesthetic to the installations.
“So far, the feedback has been overwhelming positive,” Ms Steele said, adding that after 12 months, CBRE would
measure the impact increased green space has had on absenteeism within the
While CBRE’s pledge
to the 202020 Vision supports the firm’s global
commitment to be a leader in the field of sustainability, Ms Steele said it was
also paramount to consider our local environments.
She explained: “In
Australia and New Zealand we are privileged to have some of most pristine and
clean environments globally, and it is important that we uphold our corporate
and social responsibility to protect our natural environments.”
Integrating green space into the work
environment is proven to have significant health benefits including reduced
absenteeism, more rapid recovery from stress, increased patience and overall
“Working in greener spaces is proven to boost our moods,
creating a happier and healthier workplace, which ultimately leads to
financially quantifiable results for a business,” Ms Steele explained.
“Plants reduce urban heat and are key to improving the
climate resilience of our cities,” Ms Steele said.
“What once was an oversight to not integrate plants into
buildings and leave large amounts of open space on rooftops is now becoming a
new area of opportunity in the property industry.”
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CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (in terms of 2013 revenue). The Company has approximately 44,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through more than 350 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. Please visit our website atwww.cbre.com.au.