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Sustainability Ideas for Commercial Properties

Keara Mehlert
Keara Mehlert January 12, 2017 Keara Mehlert is a former Property & Development Services Program Director at Arlington Transportation Partners. She has been car-free and loving it for the past five years and has been biking 5.5 miles to work every day since October 2012.
ATP Takeaway: The year may have just started, but now is the best time to start preparing programs to promote health and wellness amongst your tenants for all the upcoming green events. Give your building a competitive edge and prepare for the spring - we'll help you at each step.

If you’re looking to incorporate more sustainability and wellness initiatives for commercial office tenants, now is the time to start planning. Spring is a great time to promote and encourage all kinds of green and healthy programs, especially with Earth Day, National Walking Day, and Bike to Work Day occurring in April and May.  

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Tenant demand for these types of programs has grown significantly, especially as companies are thinking more about their employees’ health and wellness. This demand has changed what makes a building more marketable and attractive to potential tenants, especially in the DC region.

For building owners and property managers, these types of amenities and building features can make a building more competitive, increase tenant satisfaction, and ultimately help retain quality tenants.

Sustainability and Wellness Ideas

Below are a few suggestions you can use to start planning sustainability and wellness initiatives this spring and throughout the year.

Capital Bikeshare memberships 

Discount memberships can attract and encourage tenants to commute to your building by using the bikeshare system, connecting the DC metro area to Arlington.

Bike events

Tenant bike tune-ups or seminars on how to bike to work are effective events to engage tenants and talk about sustainable commuting. City Cycling classes are also popular among people interested, but concerned about starting to bike to work.

LEED certification

Work with LEED and ATP to complete a LEED certification transportation survey to learn how people commute to and from your property. 

Wellness events

Earth Day is April 22 and a great time to talk about sustainability and how our commutes impact the environment. It's easy to discuss wellness, transportation, and the earth in the same conversation.

Plan Your Events with ATP

Don’t wait until the last minute to plan this year’s tenant sustainability programs, contact us so Arlington Transportation Partners can provide personalized assistance by coordinating your property’s initiatives. You don’t have to be a transportation amenities expert, you’ll have our expertise and guidance along the way.

Enrollment is also now open for Champions, our program that recognizes commercial and residential properties, and businesses in Arlington County. Receive recognition and rewards for your efforts in promoting and implementing transportation options and programs. Sign up below to find out more about the program, or enroll for the new program year.

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