1.02 Workplace Strategy and Sustainability

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Track Topic Area: Sustainability/ Environmental Stewardship
Format: General Presentation
Knowledge Level: 300 level
This presentation meets the criteria for Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) LU/ CEUs.
This presentation meets the criteria for the Sustainable Design (SD) LU/ CEUs.
Session Description: This presentation discusses the importance of workplace strategy as a tool for enhancing business processes and corporate sustainability results. You will hear practical examples, based on multiple case studies, showing how workplace strategy has helped businesses to become both more efficient and more sustainable with triple bottom line contribution.

Workplace strategy not only helps to support efficiencies in core business processes, but also helps businesses to become more sustainable through the effective use of office space, better design planning, intelligent application and use of technology. In these ways, the design and operation of the workplace can have a major impact on energy consumption and carbon footprint. Sustainable design guidelines also help address building user needs for indoor environmental quality, such as indoor air quality, thermal comfort, systems controllability, daylight harvesting and window views and more for optimal use of the work environment.

Learning Objectives:
  • Learn about the origins of workplace strategy; what is it and why is it important?
  • Learn to align workplace strategy goals with C-suite objectives for an enhanced and sustainable workplace.
  • Discover a methodology for developing workplace strategy with steps for creating a tailored, measurable program.
  • Case studies show how workplace strategy delivers triple bottom line business and sustainability results.
  •     Presentation


    Dr. Alexander Redlein, PhD
    Vienna University of Technology
    Dr. Alex Redlein
    IFM - Center for Information – and Facility Management

    Dr. Alexander Redlein is a professor of facility management at the Vienna University of Technology and past president of IFMA Austria. Since his interdisciplinary studies at the Vienna University of Technology and the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, he has been engaged in research, education and consultancy in the area of FM. At the Vienna University of Technology, he is head of the Center for Information and Facility Management and an MBA program for FM. In addition to his research activities, he is responsible for technology transfer between the university and CEE companies. On numerous occasions he has set up FM concepts for international companies optimizing their FM processes, ICT and space management. As a researcher, he conducts international studies about the status quo of FM in CEE and about the value added by FM. In the area of sustainability, he compares building ratings systems and their impact on facility and real estate management.

    Pat Turnbull, MA. LEED AP
    Kayhan International
    President & COO

    Pat Turnbull, MA, LEED AP, is president & COO of Kayhan International, a leading workplace strategy and furniture distribution company headquartered in Chicago Ill. Pat has 22 years of professional experience leading businesses to higher levels of performance. She is involved at the C-Suite level helping corporations, educational institutions, health care facilities and government agencies achieve highly productive, adaptable and sustainable workspace while delivering unique work environments tailored to meet specific business needs. During the course of her career, Pat has focused her efforts on contributing to a more productive and sustainable Built Environment, as well as advancing the facility management profession. She joined IFMA in 1993, she is past chair of the IFMA Foundation and an active member if the IFMA Sustainability Committee. Pat has been recognized by Chicago’s Women in Real Estate Association and is a prominent, highly rated speaker at industry events/global conferences.