Building better environments and businesses drives everything we do.

At One Workplace, we see sustainability as a framework for approaching everything we do. It’s an inside out approach to building smarter environments, rethinking how we use resources, and using technology to change the way we interact with each other and nature. It’s about giving back to the community as well as our people. Because for the first time, sustainability can help companies continue to move forward while still giving back.

We’re tackling the challenges that come with sustainability to achieve our goal of being a better neighbor while becoming a stronger company. Here’s what we’re doing:

 

Smaller Office.  Bigger Opportunities.

The idea was radically simple: to become a living, breathing example of what sustainability can do.

So in 2013, we grew in a big way—by downsizing. We took a 52,000 square foot space, subtracted 38,000 square feet, and added approximately 50 net new employees. By looking at the project through a sustainability lens, we now have more room, more natural light, and we’re saving over 30% every month on energy. It’s an example of what happens when smarter environments meet smarter offices.

Today you can see our vision in action at our headquarters. It’s both an award-winning showroom and a more productive office for all of us.

 

“We’re displaying what’s possible when you take a smaller space and create an office that saves money and makes work more enjoyable and productive.”

– John Schultz – COO, One Workplace

Engineered for efficiency.

Our new office utilizes shared spaces, open spaces, and a lot more natural lighting. Instead of traditional materials and furniture, we use walls by Dirtt Sustainable Solutions and Steelcase Furniture that is all cradle-to-cradle certified.

Together, demountable, modular materials that reduce landfill waste and environmentally responsible partners have helped us form a versatile office that reduces our footprint while still feeling less crowded—even with more people. It took a holistic approach that meant examining every aspect of the way we work and how we interact with our internal and external environments.

 

Smarter commutes.

There’s little to like about commuting. Less to like about its negative impact on the environment. We’re finding new ways to make the workplace more flexible, and help our employees get more done in more places so they spend less time in cars and more time collaborating.

 

Driving on the right side of the road.

Electric cars aren’t just good for the wallet. They’re good for the environment. But for years the practicality of actually finding charge stations has dampened their appeal. By installing four Chargepoint charging spots in our lot, we’re giving employees an extra reason to invest in sustainability while saving a lot of money.

 

 

“We’re doing everything we can to be good citizens. But we’re also showing our customers that sustainability is good business.”

– John Schultz – COO, One Workplace

 

Looking at energy in a whole new light.

Consider this: every hour, the sun produces enough energy to satisfy the world’s electrical consumption for the entire year.

That’s a whole lot of energy. And we decided it was time we put it to better use.

Going solar at One Workplace was a concentrated effort that took on a two-pronged approach. The challenge was turning a positive environmental choice into a sound financial decision. And we found that the two aren’t mutual exclusive. In fact, flipping the switch on traditional energy did a lot more than power our offices.

Together with Apparent Inc., we built a 1667 panel solar system at our headquarters that generates more than 759,339kWH of solar power per year. That keeps several tons of CO2 out of the atmosphere every year, while saving several thousand dollars.

But that’s just the start. Now we’re able to manage the energy we produce, so we can do more than just save. Our headquarters will contribute clean, renewable energy directly back into the utility grid, offsetting even more CO2, and distributing a renewable energy ripple effect across our community. By optimizing our own energy needs and supporting the utility grid at the same time, we’re expanding the benefits of sustainability beyond the office.

We believe being smarter about energy should be more than a smart decision. It should give back to the world. There’s value in dollars and cents and savings, yes. But for us, it’s about reimagining what energy can do. Ultimately the real value to going solar has been giving back to a community that’s given us so much. That’s our meter for success.

 

Environmentally sound

We want to maximize every watt of power and each gram of material we use. And here’s how we’re making it happen:

Dyson Hand Dryers – By replacing paper towels with energy efficient Dyson hand dryers, we’ve reduced waste and trimmed energy costs.

Smarter Lighting – Instead of halogen bulbs, we’re using LED lighting. And by maximizing lumens on clear days, our new skylights let us turn off some of our electrical lighting.

Water Conservation – To conserve our most depleted resource, we designed our landscaping to use less water while maintaining a natural beauty.

 

 

 

Talking the talk.  Walking the walk.

We don’t believe sustainability is ever just another initiative. It’s a way of thinking. And when sustainability is done correctly, it pays dividends. We’re also not alone. Our clients also realize that incorporating sustainability into their spaces makes their businesses—as well as their communities—stronger.

That’s why over 16 of our designers are LEED certified. Our facilities manager is recognized by the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council. And we’re training and supporting employee development in sustainability.

 

What goes around, comes around.

We’re committed to reducing, reusing, and recycling everything we can, and we want to help our clients do the same. From brokering out-of-date and broken office furniture and equipment to recycling 100% of wood, plastics, metal, paper and cardboard from internal operations, we’re keeping landfills as small as possible while helping our clients make the most of what they already have.

 

“Sustainability is a continual process. We’re always trying to find new ways to make changes and become better.”


– John Schultz – COO, One Workplace

 

 

 

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